Tuesday, 18 October 2016

St Mabyn Church in October

We are getting to grips with having no Priest-in-charge for a while and are very grateful indeed to the Reverend David Pollard for joining us to lead a Communion Service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and we then have to use our Inner Resources for the other Sundays! The first Sunday in October was Harvest Festival, and what a joy it proved to be!
This church takes some filling (built in times when most people went to church) and it is always a great pleasure when we have a large congregation. St Mabyn School and staff led the wonderful service of thanksgiving and it was a joy to welcome so many children and their parents – and grandparents! to our delightful Harvest Festival. The church looked lovely, decorated beautifully and there was enthusiastic bidding after the super lunch, for all this produce – proceeds to the Samara Appeal. Our warmest thanks to all involved in all this and not forgetting our excellent auctioneer, John Lobb! The Reverend Steve Williams, also leader of our Music Group (which goes from strength to strength) led our Praise Service on the third Sunday and this always attracts a good attendance from those who prefer a non communion (and rather jolly) service. Our doughty part time organist, Les Field,, whose playing we so much enjoy, is able to join the congregation and participate without responsibilities! The Bible Study Group has grown in number and our thanks to David and Mary Bishop for opening their home to this ever-increasing crowd and also to the dissuasion leaders and those who participate and make it such a worthwhile morning- and the talk often continues in the St Mabyn Inn over lunch afterwards. Steve Williams leads the Meditation Group once a month, at the home of Rob and Liz Turner – and our thanks to them also for their hospitality. We have received this heart-warming thank you from the Samara Appeal - I want to thank all these great people who gave, collected, packed and donated. I am sure the clothes and blankets you sent us will warm our bodies this winter in Syria. But what you did warmed our hearts with the love and care you put in this container. Thank you from the heart. Our thanks too, to all the knitters and crocheters who provided such a wonderful gift to those who are in such need.

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