We are really gearing up for Christmas in a big way now - only 11 sleeps!
This week our toddler groups had their Christmas parties with Santa and Frosty the Snowman.
Tomorrow - Saturday afternoon, at 1:00 pm, we are hosting a holly wreath making class in the church hall - details are in the adjacent flier. Price £15 - bring your own gloves and scissors and any additional accessories you fancy. Ring Paula on 07980 028122.
And today and again on Saturday morning at 10:00 am we are hosting Little Laboratory's Christmas Workshops in our minor hall. Contact email@example.com
Also, tomorrow - Saturday evening, 15th December, we are pleased to present once again our annual Christmas concert by the excellent Bentley Operatic Society. There will be songs from the musicals as well as some more traditional, seasonal offerings for the run up to Christmas. The concert will be in our sanctuary with its excellent acoustics and guests will be treated to festive refreshments in the interval. Last year's show was a real winter warmer and everyone was royally entertained. The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are just £8. Worth every penny.
Then, on Sunday afternoon at 4.00 pm, we have our Nine Lessons and Carols service including the decorating of our trees and a performance from the Kathryn Dixon studio dancers.
On Friday we had our Christmas Open Door coffee morning in the sanctuary. There was tea, coffee, seasonal goodies, preserves and a selection of gifts and books available. We welcomed some new faces, as well as our regulars, for a very pleasant morning of fellowship.
And what a fabulous Christmas Fair last Saturday! We were buzzing for the whole three hours. Craft, cakes, Christmas gifts, preserves, jewellery, books, tombola etc. were all doing great "business" and it was great to see so many folk enjoying the occasion to meet with friends and family for the start of the Advent season, especially the children. Many, many thanks to the army of people who organised, prepared, staffed the stalls and helped with the mammoth clear up and tidy operation. Thanks also to all who came along and supported us on what was a most enjoyable event. Please see our pictures on the Photos page.
RADS' latest production was "Secondary Cause of Death" - by Peter Gordon. In the same style as the previous November's offering, it was 1939 and Inspector Pratt and Miss Maple once again locked horns in this Agatha Christie-type spoof. It was a great production and left the audiences mystified right to the end of all five performances.
Sunday, 21st October was our Blessing of the Animals service, which was again a great success. Pets, but mostly dogs of all shapes and sizes, included a cat, rabbits, guinea pigs and even a couple of large, cuddly stuffed toys and all received a certificate and a blessing from the Minister, Tim. "All creatures, great and small" were very well behaved and their owners, from a very wide age range indeed, went home happy and content that their beloved pets had been recognised for the happiness they bring. Please see our pictures on the Photos page.
Our Quiz Night on Saturday evening was a great success with fifteen teams taking part. More than 80 church members, friends and neighbours packed the hall and joined in the fun. Chris (Jones) produced eight engaging rounds, a very entertaining Nursery Rhyme competition and a fabulous picture gallery round in full colour - all of which kept the teams challenged, amused and enthralled throughout the evening. In a nail-biting finale, only three points separated the three leading teams in a high-scoring contest enjoyed by all.
See you all at our next one. Watch this space.
Our MacMillan Coffee Morning was a great success with around 60 people in attendance on a fine morning to enjoy our delicious array of home-made cakes and biscuits. Including the table sale and book stall, donations amounted to £600 for this very worthy cause. Thank you to all who arranged it and attended.
Our Festive Soiree open house evening of gratitude was to acknowledge the work that had gone on over the past year to refurbish our Church Sanctuary. There was singing from from minister Tim (solo) and from the Allerton Singers chamber choir; organ and piano pieces from two of our regular organists, Paul and Oliver; poetry from our minister Tim and elder Nick; a tribute from Tim to all who had played any part at all in the work to refurbish the premises and a huge cry of "Thank You" from all present. A pleasant, if unusual, evening of entertainment and refreshments.
The Christian Aid Circle the City 2018 sponsored walk - 10k - started this year from All Hallows church at 10.00 am and finished at ours, from 1.00 until 3:30 pm. All 40 walkers were greeted with a cuppa and refreshments and were given a guided tour of the premises and a potted history of the church. They were all enchanted by our refurbishment work and the lovely, bright appearance of our sanctuary.
Friday night was the annual visit to our, 4th Allerton, Sea Scout troup by Royal Navy Commander Richard Bone. He saw the lads put through their paces with a parade and inspection followed by lessons on map and compass work, survival, lifeline heaving and a lesson on anchorages. It was not all work though, with short sessions of basketball and deck hockey to liven things up. Two senior scouts were presented with their Chief Scout's Gold Challenge Awards - Christopher McCarthy and Cameron Ward; Sam Wilde being unable to attend. An address by Commander Bone was followed by the breaking of colours and prayers before dismissal and an informal buffet supper with parents and supporters.You may see photos of the event on our PHOTOS page.
What an amazing final session for our Summer Holiday Club today! A very happy band of boys and girls were treated to a whole host of fun activities. They made animal face masks, decorated plates with edible rainbows, learned to draw their hands - in 3D! - and made a volcanic eruption (outdoors, parents!) using a full 2 litre bottle of Cola and a tube of Mentos. After a healthy lunch, and a lively session of parachute-tossing of coloured balls, they gave a concert in the sanctuary to their parents, carers and family members. There were three action songs and a very spirited version of the Hokey-cokey where everyone joined in - except it was the Holy-Cokey with appropriated words of praise. The whole Holiday Club closed with a prayer from Tim, the presentation of certificates to all the children and a vote of thanks to each individual who had contributed so much hard work before, during and after a very, very successful Summer Holiday Club 2018.
Take a look at more pictures on our Photos page.
Our annual plant sale and strawberry tea on 9th June was a great attraction among church members and the local community alike, with over a hundred visitors enjoying the afternoon. The plants, cakes and books stalls all did great business and, of course, the afternoon teas were a great hit - with sandwiches, crisps, salad garnish and a strawberry cream scone to follow - with a cuppa, of course.The sanctuary, looking resplendent since the make-over, was a buzz of conversation and laughter from start to finish. (Have you seen the pictures on our Photos page?)