The snow kept some people away from Mass this morning but never-the-less we had a very good attendance. Our Organist phoned early to say he wouldn’t be able to come so Father Mervyn played the organ, preached and led our intercessions whilst Father Martin presided. The numbers in our Sunday School were down too, due to sickness and,of course, the snow. Father Martin cancelled Evensong suggesting people said it at home.
In his sermon Father Mervyn related the story about a small boy who was asked by a relation if he attended Sunday school. When he said he did, he was asked, "What have you learnt?" "Last week," came the reply, "our lesson was about when Jesus went to a wedding and made water into wine." "And what did you learn from that story?" the relative inquired. After thinking for a moment, the boy answered, "If you're having a wedding, make sure Jesus is there!" Father Mervyn pointed out that Jesus should be in every wedding. Jesus responded to the request Mary made,telling the servants to listen to him. We need to listen to Jesus in all that we do. In the course of the sermon Father Mervyn reminded people that later in the year we would be visiting Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed this, his first, miracle. As the number in the choir was affected by the adverse weather the Choir sang “In the bleak midwinter” for which Father Mervyn arranged an organ accompaniment.
The Saturday Shop was open as usual yesterday despite the snow and took £97 which in the circumstances was quite remarkable
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will begin on Sunday 3rd February. Following the Parish Mass there will be a meeting in church to discus the time and venue of both adult and children’s preparation.
Tuesday 15th January: THE ROSARY in the Lady Chapel at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 25th January: The 4th Friday Club meet in the Lady Chapel between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. and will examine the Book of Ecclesiastes.
CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
Every 6th year all churches in the CofE are required by law to recompile their Electoral Roll and 2013 is such a year. In February everybody on the current roll will receive a letter about this and a new enrolment form which they should complete and return to the Electoral Roll Officer or to Father Martin by 3rd March, if they wish to stay on the roll. Any person not already on the roll should complete a form to apply to be on the new roll.