News from St. Anne’s Church December 2019
Among my treasured possessions is a tablecloth. Quite large, a plain colour, leafy green, nothing spectacular. It belonged to my mother, and was always used on special occasions, particularly at Christmas time. It set off the Christmas decorations, china and suchlike, and we children knew that the food would be special too! My parents were very hospitable, so we often had guests joining us, which was very interesting. A tradition that Don and I followed, and our visitors came from far and wide, overseas and locally, family members and people we didn’t really know. Something we’ve always enjoyed, despite the extra washing up! However, as I think of the coming weeks increasingly my thoughts turn to those in very different circumstances. People without friends - or parted from their families. Those too poor to afford any extra treats – such as are so widely advertised. Folk with no homes for warmth or comfort. Those who through persecution have been forced to flee the small dwellings they had. In our Lord Jesus’ life in Palestine long ago he knew these experiences only too well at different stages of his life. As a tiny baby he and his parents were refugees. The Bible says that, as an adult, he often “had nowhere to lay His head.” His friends abandoned Him, and on many occasions He was insulted and cruelly treated. So He empathises with people in such circumstances today and has their needs on His heart. One of His ways of resolving this sad reality is to enlist the help of his followers. Our Christian faith is not just a habit of behaviour learned as children, or belief in a creed or attendance at church. It is also a way of life entirely based on God’s love for us, His forgiveness of our sins, His purposes for our future, the power of His Holy Spirit to enable us to fulfil His commands. One of which is to show His love in very practical ways to others so that they, too, can live transformed lives, as they realise His grace and mercyTowards the end of His life, when it was obvious that things were becoming critical, the disciples of our Lord Jesus asked him many questions about future happenings. In His usual way, He told them varied parables (earthly stories with a heavenly meaning) which are recorded at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. I was particularly struck by verses 31-45 of chapter 25, which clearly show that people are often unaware of the result of their actions, having no idea of the implications of what they have done. I recently read a poem on this theme describing folk who were hungry, thirsty, strangers, in poor health, imprisoned. Acts of kindness and love transformed their lives. Not only were they appreciative, but the Lord Himself said “You did it for me and I was glad.” May we experience this Christmas, the joy of knowing that in welcoming people, whether family, friends or strangers, serving them in love, we are giving great pleasure to our Lord. Mary Boak
Forthcoming events at St. Anne’s Church
Tuesday December 3rd 7.30 pm Grave Talk at The Vicarage, Cooks Lane
Thursday December 5th 6.00 – 7.00 pm Lego Church
Saturday December 7th 10am – noon Christmas Coffee Morning at Calmore Community Centre
Tuesday December 10th 7 – 9.00 pm Accordion Concert in the church
Tuesday December 10th 12.30pm Team Social Group Christmas Lunch at Carlos
Wednesday January 15th 2 – 4.00 pm Team Social Group meet at The Spot in The Woods,
Please bring along a friend or neighbour who might not otherwise get out to eat cake and share fellowship! All welcome!
St. Anne’s we will be starting Lego Church – once a month on a Thursday at 6pm – Begins December 5th
We need volunteers to make cakes, preparing and serving refreshments, helping set up for the event! There is a list on display in church for you to sign up!
Tuesdays (in term time) 09.30-11.30 St. Mary’s, Eling for toddlers and carers.
Toys, Crafts, Singing, Story Telling, Refreshments
Would you like to join our team that lead our prayers of intercession on a Sunday morning? We would welcome new volunteers to join the rota.
Newsletter – The Future
I have been composing the monthly newsletter for over 5 years and have very rarely been short of copy to fill 4 pages. The St. Anne’s newsletter is an essential asset to the church mission – it enables us to inform all church members and friends of what is happening in and around the church community and give news of what has been achieved. Now that Sally is retiring in January 2020 I will only be able to compose and publish one more issue.
So St. Anne’s needs a volunteer to take over the role of editor! I can provide the templates for composing the newsletter and distribution lists – all it needs is a volunteer with a computer and with basic word processing skills and formatting skills. Simple! It usually takes me 1 -2 days per month to compose the newsletter, print about 75 copies for those needing hard copies and to issue it by email to everyone else.
If you would be interested in volunteering please contact Sally, Ian Gregory or myself.
Pastoral Visiting Team
If you are interested in joining our Pastoral Visiting Team at St. Anne’s, visiting those in our parish who are housebound, in hospital or in a Care Home, please let Sally know. We will be running training sessions to enhance our ministry.
The choir is in need of Sopranos (singing the tune). If anyone is interested themselves, or knows of anyone, please have a word with Sally or Sue Manning (our organist/pianist). Choir practices are on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and services 9.30am on a Sunday.
Accordion Concert Tuesday December 10th at 7 pm
We are pleased to welcome once again the South Hampshire Accordion Club with the ‘Delicious Sounds Choir’ for an evening of wonderful music. Entry £5.00
Nativity Play Thursday December 19th at 4.30 pm - Wintershall, Guildford
Experience the Christmas Story in a new way
Dramatic and intimate, the story begins in the open air with the shepherds. The audience then take their seats in the atmospheric barn, where the story unfolds of how Jesus changed the world. It is a beautiful production, with a large cast of players and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to catch the show and reflect on the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Mince pies and hot drinks available before the show Adults £18 - Travel by minibus - £10 each
For more information or to book a ticket contact Chris Farleigh on 02380 862882
Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday December 7th – 10am – noon - Calmore Community Centre
Stalls -- Christmas Gifts Tombola Toys Raffle Books
Christmas Music Tea, Cof fee, Mince Pies
If you have any suitable Christmas items that you can donate – bottles, draw prizes, kitchen items, mini bottles of wine - I would be pleased to receive them Val
Basics Bank – Latest News
Please do keep the donations coming – the need continues, especially over the Christmas period. Tinned foods are particularly needed – such as potatoes and vegetables – because the Bank cannot accept fresh food. They have plenty of tinned beans and pasta at present. Toilet rolls are always needed. (Please make sure that all items are in date.)
Announcement by Rev Sally Marchant
After 6 years here in Calmore, it is with great sadness that Stewart and I will be leaving St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s in January. As many of you are aware, this has not been an easy year for us and, in view of my health and family issues, we have decided to retire. We are looking forward to living by the sea near Plymouth! My final service will be a Team Service at St. Anne’s on Sunday January 12th at 9.30 am.
Thank you to all our friends for their support and prayers. These words from Paul to the Colossians are well worth a read!
“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” 2:6 and “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.” 3:2 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father Sally
Who to contact
Team Vicar St Anne's Calmore & St Mary's Eling Revd Sally Marchant
Tel: 02380488113 firstname.lastname@example.org NB Sally is "off duty" on Fridays
Churchwardens Ian Gregory Tel: 02380 872885
Church Website www.stannescalmore.co.uk
Find us at the junction of Calmore Road and Cooks Lane – SO40 2RH
Copy for January Newsletter Please forward items to Stewart by Sunday Sunday 5th January
for publication on 8th January email@example.com