A concert in the Church - Friday 19th
December at 7pm. Music, poetry, song and stories. Free admission.
Collection for the Salvation Army’s Christmas meals for the homeless
and lonely, and for St Swithin’s Church. Refreshments. Please come
Carol Service by Candlelight
Please join us on 22nd December at 6pm
at St Swithin's for the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and
Carols and enjoy some light, sociable refreshments.
Do I give you the Good
News or the Bad News first?
all tied up. Revd Clive Leach has been appointed Principal of
Walkwood Church of England Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire
and takes up his new post in January. This is wonderful news for him
and we congratulate him heartily for promotion well deserved. We wish
him well in this new challenge.
But we are Very
Sad Indeed to be losing his ministry here. As Revd Bevington says in
this month’s Village News, “We have benefited from him in so many
ways: his commitment and sheer hard work, enthusiasm, humour,
at-homeness with young people; his skill in using technology and
different media and in creating experimental services and attractive
service cards; for sharing his faith with us, and for his gift of
encouragement.” I would add to this list, “his amazing ability to
deliver a fascinating and instructive sermon without hesitation or
repetition, without patronising us, and (most important!) making it
service in the Benefice will be Morning Service at St Swithin’s on
28th December at 10.30 when the four congregations will join to thank
God for Clive’s service to us all and wish him every happiness for the
Christmas is here - and so are the
school Nativity Plays.
Mrs T takes a gently humoured look at this staple of the Festive
Season. And looking back, she muses on her own offsprings'
appearances in these entertaining productions. Click
The new facilities at St Swithin's incorporated within the
beautifully re-structured Vestry were officially declared open on
Sunday 10th November 2013. They comprise a well equipped kitchenette, a
toilet with full disabled capability, and an office area.
Now mid-Autumn, 2014, the possibilities the new facilities afford are
starting to bite, and opportunities to utilise the church for
functional purposes within the local community are starting to shape