News of Monday evening’s carols

We had the most wonderful evening. Thank you to those who came, those who helped and enabled and for all your prayers.

It’s always reassuring, when you have no idea how many people will come to something, to hear ‘We need more chairs’ … well we heard that several times. There were about 120 adults and 30+ children. Of these, about a third were not directly involved with churches or school, folk from Ensleigh who wanted to meet their neighbours and sing!

The folk group made up of teachers from Weston All Saints Primary was brilliant. We sang carols, heard two songs from the Abbot Alphege children, and readings given by people from the churches, school and the soon to be built Assisted Living centre on the development. I read from ‘Ye Anciente Ensleighe Nativitye’ –  which was all about chocolate. Afterwards people were given mulled wine, mince pies and sausages with a honey mustard dip – and they met one another and talked! The mayor and deputy mayor were there, and loved it – and our MP, Wera Hobhouse, sent a warm Christmas greeting for us.

The school was really open and helpful, and both our churches did a fantastic job – bakers, makers, heaters, pourers, servers, welcomers, clear-awayers – it was an absolute joy. People were very complimentary, and I’m sure that news of it will filter out to the rest of the development – that they are in the parishes of welcoming churches with a heart for building community. And that’s what we are, that’s what mission is all about.

So thank you all, this is something we have done together, with the blessing and presence of God who is all about community. Jesus was born in Ensleigh! And it’s a wonderful way to look into the new year and to see how we can build on it – not just up there, but everywhere.

Bless you all,

If I don’t get to see you, have a wonderful Christmas.

Philip