On 20 December, Malcom Sturgess led the Christmas service of readings and hymns at Glenside Care Home. Once again, Miss Piggy graced us with her presence and we were accompanied by members of the Benefice Choir who helped fill the room with the sound of hymns, both well-known and less familiar.
The service, as we were still in Advent, explored the ways in which Christ’s coming has been interpreted, both in the Bible and through music that Malcolm had on CD to punctuate the readings. It was a thought-provoking journey through feelings of expectation, hope, joy and promise.
Kay, Glenside’s event’s organiser, spoiled us all with a table laden with cakes and so, having been spiritually nourished, we gratefully tucked into brandy-snaps, cake, mince pies, meringues and scones.
The next four dates in 2017 should be agreed with Glenside soon – watch this space! Yvonne Allen
POSADA CRIB SERVICE AT ST ANDREW’S, SOUTH NEWTON
On Christmas Eve, Mary and Joseph’s journey around the homes of South Newton finally ended as Rosemary Shickle welcomed them into the little stable in St Andrew’s church. Of course, they were not alone; hidden (not necessarily where expected!) around the church were the shepherds, oxen, sheep and Jesus, and everyone was needed to hunt them down.
Malcolm Sturgess played for us and we were treated to excellent reading from Rosemary’s granddaughter, Claire, Emily Piner and Tim Purchase.
And we all enjoyed the chocolates that were handed out afterwards. Yvonne Allen