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Happy New Year from Calverleigh Church

We hope that you all had a good Christmas and our very best wishes for the New Year.

Our Autumn Fayre took place on 18 November with a good variety of stalls, competitions and refreshments. It was good to welcome friends and many supporters. A total of £785 was raised towards church funds. Our thanks go to all who helped set up and pack away furniture, and to all those who supplied, cooked or serving refreshments and to those who manned stalls. Your help in any way is as always, greatly appreciated.

The Christingle service took place on 3 December and was well attended both by regular parishioners and many visitors. Our thanks go to Doreen Venn, who once again supplied the Christingles for us, to those who helped with assembling them and to Dyllan who assisted during the talk.

Jackie Herniman led our Carol Service on 17 December, which included the Calverleigh Church choir, the children singing 'Away in a Manger'. Aunty Jackie was also ably assisted by young Joshua who stood with her to read a prayer

Our thanks, of course, go to all who took part whether it was by doing readings, all who provided either mince pies, cake or the mulled fruit punch, to a packed congregation. The church looked lovely, as always, all through the festive season thanks to our dedicated flower team – thank you so much!

Christmas Day saw a large congregation who joined together for a service of Holy Communion led by Steph. Quite a few children left their presents to join parents for what was a lovely start to the day when we celebrate our Saviour's birth.

The Group service on 31 December was held at Calverleigh during this festive season and yet again saw a rather full church. Many friends from around the Mission Community joined us on the last day of the year, many making lovely comments about the church decorations.

All through Advent donations of dried and tinned food and toiletries were collected for CHAT.  We are pleased to say that a large quantity of essentials and goodies were delivered to the CHAT offices at the beginning of the year for which they were extremely grateful. A letter of thanks has been received and is on display in church.  Thank you to all who contributed.

We are having a relaunch of our 'small change' collection boxes. If you would like a new box they will be available at the back of the church, in a choice of colours.

In November, Matilda (Tilly) was born to first time parents Nik and Dave Burton. She is precious and long awaited first child for the couple and granddaughter for Aubrey and Julie Goldsworthy. Our congratulations go to all the family.

Sadly on 4 December the Goldsworthy family suddenly and unexpectedly learnt of the passing of Julie's father, Gordon Pengelly.  Our condolences go to his family and friends and to anyone else who are mourning the loss of a loved one – whether that is recent or not.

Our thoughts and prayers also go to all who are feeling unwell at this time, awaiting or undergoing treatment and for all those who are suffering from the 'flu', coughs and sneezes that are doing the rounds. We hope that you will soon be feeling much better.

Church Cleaning Rota - The new mowing rota will appear in the next magazine. If you would like to go on either the mowing or cleaning rota, please contact Aubrey Goldsworthy.

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