As I write, we are getting ready for the Christmas Tree Festival, hoping we can fit all the trees into St James’ Church. I would like to thank all those who so kindly offered to help, whether on the refreshments, the decorating of trees or the wide range of music presentations. I’ll let you know the final amount that was given to Julia’s House in the January edition, but we hope it will exceed our £1000 gift of last year. The children’s hospice in Broadstone is such a worthy cause and helps many families.
Last month some very moving tributes were paid by the family of Brian Collins at his funeral service. Brian had grown up in the village as a boy and served for some years in the Merchant Navy. More recently he was living in Wareham.
Services in December
This month we have planned the following Christmas Services. There are Advent Carols and lighting of the Advent Candle ‘A Light in the Darkness’, at 3.30pm on 1 December, as the Festival draws to a close. There will be a Benefice Service for the Patronal Festival of St Nicholas on Sunday, 8 December, 10.30am at Worth Church. At Kingston we will have Favourite Carols at the Informal Service at 11.15am on Sunday, 15 December, and the Village Carol Service will be on Sunday, 22 December with Rev Gaynor leading, instead of Holy Communion. On Christmas Eve our Christingle Service will be held at 6pm in St James’ and at 10pm we shall have our ‘Midnight Communion’ later that day. On Sunday 29 there is no service at Kingston as we have a 9.45am Benefice Service at St George’s.
Our thanks to Mike Pitman and team for the lovely bellringing recently. There will be a special peal (10am til 1pm if all goes well) to celebrate Christmas on Friday, 27 December.
Sue and Peter will be in touch about the Christmas Party as soon as we have a date, so keep your ears open – I hope they remember to tell Father Christmas when the party is!
Our sincere wishes for a happy, healthy and meaningful Christmas, best wishes for 2014.
Judy Forgan PCC Secretary, St James’ Church, Kingston