St Giles, (better known as Rowley) Church is hustling, bustling, getting ready:
Ready for Saturday 28th November and a Christmas Fayre with a ‘Frozen’ theme in the Church Hall, over in Hawes Lane. We are expecting Royalty.. Princesses Anna and Elsa, no less, and of course Father Christmas. Just so our V.I.P. Visitors feel right at home, an Ice Castle is being purposely built for them.
But, this is all very hush, hush, we don’t want to spoil the surprise for their Majesties, just to say the Fair opens at noon and all children are welcome to come to join the Parade in Fancy Dress, and things will feel far from ‘frozen’ a warm, friendly welcome is extended to all. Admission is free, and there will be plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts, so, come—see.
Ready for Advent
We will be joined by friends from the neighbouring parishes of St Paul’s, Blackheath and St James’, Rounds Green for an Advent Sunday Communion Service on the 29th. Time 10:15am. All are very welcome.
Ready for the Christmas Season
Sunday 6th December, at 10:15am Holy Communion/Toy/Christingle Service. We bring new toys as gifts to local children in need, for distribution by our local food bank Loaves N’Fishes, we bring our offerings for the work of the Children’s Society… I love helping to make the Christingles; getting ready for Christmas is good for us, I reckon, and brings out the best in us, as we take thought and do for others. I suppose the Magi bringing gifts to a poor, child can be considered Role Models.
I look forward to watching the faces of little ones from our local primary Schools, Rowley Hall, Blackheath Primary as the altar frontal a are thrown back for them to take a peek, before Christmas Day at the Crib figures in the hay in the altar/stable. Nothing can match the glow of the child fortunate enough to hold ‘baby’ Jesus just for a few moments. Perhaps they have been blessed to hold baby brothers or sisters, at home with Mom and Dad looking on, I don’t know, but it always seems to me, that children and Jesus hold each other in their hearts, and that they really do meet each other at His Manger Bed.