On Sunday 1st November, in the evening, we held our annual Commemoration services for the Faithful Departed, especially thinking about those who have died in the previous year. Christmas is a hard time for many people, and we begin the run up to Christmas with services for bereaved families. Around 250 people attended this year, and we hope that in some small way, these services help them in the journey of grief.
When you lose someone you love often the hardest time is after the funeral. Family and friends rally around but a bereaved person can still feel very alone as they grieve for their loved one and seek to carry on. A listening ear can be a great help on that journey. We have a bereavement support team in the parish able to come and visit if you feel that you would appreciate this kind of support. This is available however long ago the death was. Please contact Andy Heber on 548 7969 if you would like to have more information.
On October 31st, we celebrated our 6th annual Light Night, an alternative to Halloween focussing on light and all things good. For two hours, we did craft, played games, did challenges, ate and drank, and generally had a fantastic time. Pictures are below.
The Group with No Name went on a trip to Liverpool at the start of October half term. We visited both cathedrals, Hope Street, the Albert Dock, Mersey Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, ‘an awesome sweet shop’, and saw HMS Illustrious on her visit to Liverpool. It was a long and tiring day, but with a collection of ridiculously large gobstoppers to sustain us, we had a fantastic time. Despite a brief rain shower early on, the weather was good, and we even saw Kirkby in the distance from the top of the Anglican Cathedral!
It was planned to take place on Saturday 5th December. This is a couple of weeks later than normal and clashes with a number of other events.
The date has changed to Sunday 6th December, after the 11.00am Morning Eucharist.
The Venue has changed to the Church building rather than Centre 63.
The Fair will now be a “Mini Fair”.
We normally have a good range of handicrafts prepared by church members and friends of St Chad’s which many people rely on at Christmas time. Rather than cancel the Fair this year we have decided to run a Mini Fair at which all the usual handicrafts, cards and flowers will be on sale, but without the grotto.
Why not join us for the morning service then browse the stalls afterwards?