Summer Festival 2018
Faith, fellowship and fun – a celebration of 700 years!
Friday 8 June to Thursday 14 June
What does ‘celebration’ mean to you? What, if asked, would you choose to depict just one aspect of the church’s 700 year history? Combining celebration, the past, and, of course, the present and future, we are planning to hold a Summer Festival as part of the 700th Anniversary Celebrations of St. Eustachius’. The idea is to invite the various groups in the church to create displays to celebrate, with historical artifacts if possible, the life of St. Eustachius’ church. The event will include floral displays as well as contributions from the various groups within the Church and, hopefully, bring many visitors to join in the celebration of this historic milestone.
It is planned to have a number of items which are rarely seen in their entirety on display, such as church vestments, silver and some parish records. We are asking the different groups if they would like to contribute a display to showcase their activities. Information about the history of the church will be available, alongside Messy Church and musical activities during the week. Photos of past events will also be an important part of the exhibits being shown.
The floral displays will be provided by local businesses and schools, all of whom have already been engaging with the concept in a very positive way.
Can you help? Can any group that you belong to in the church help? This is an event for us all to get involved – the church stands at the centre of the town, let’s show that we are also at the heart of the community, especially in this, our 700th year!
Refreshments and anniversary merchandise will be on sale.
There are opportunities for everyone to get involved and we do need your help to make this event a success.
For further information please contact:
David Parkin 614931
Hilary Sanders 07810 301376
Pam Hunter 614200
Confirmation Classes for young people
I am planning to run 5 sessions during February and March on Sunday afternoons for any young people interested in exploring faith with a view to being confirmed in June 2018. For the past few years I have explored faith through food. It has been a privilege to work with the young people, encouraging them in their personal journeys as we learnt not only about God and about the Christian faith but as we also worked as a team. We have also enjoyed fun in the kitchen, learning new food skills and sampling food too! Please get in touch if you know anyone aged 8-17 years who would be interested in being confirmed next year and I can give you more details.
Sally Pancheri 810285.
We have completed our latest Pilgrim Course which took us through the Creeds. We are now taking a short break from the Pilgrim Course and for the following weeks leading up to Christmas we will be looking at a booklet titled ‘God With Us: Your Christmas Journey’. This booklet is an initiative from the Church of England with an introduction from Archbishop Justin Welby in which he writes; ‘God with us: Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life’.
Contained in the booklet is a series of weekly reflections.
We resume our Pilgrim journey on Monday January 8th when we will be looking at The Eucharist and the superabundance of its meaning to us.
New members are always welcome to join us. Our courses are reflective and conversational and designed to help us unpack the Christian message and teaching of the Christian faith. It is, as The Archbishops of York and Canterbury write, ‘a journey to the heart of God and to a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ within the household of his Church’.
We meet at Higher Woodley Farm from 7 pm. If anyone requires transport please contact me on 01822 832374.
FRIDAY COFFEE MORNINGS
During the spring of 2016 the ladies of the Craft Group decided to try and help raise money for the fabric of the church by selling the items they made, and at the same time provide coffee and teas for the visitors who regularly visit the Parish Church.
This started as an experiment, working at the same time as the Holy Dusters on the first Friday of each month, and because of the success the venture continued on every Friday throughout July, August and the first 2 Fridays in September.
We found that we were having regular visitors many who would, probably, have never entered a church. On some sunny Fridays we extended the day into providing Cream Teas in the afternoons.
To create more interest, and to involve different people we were lucky to have the support of members of the congregation who manned stalls on different Fridays with plants, toys, books, and Fair Trade items. The Green Team also supported the idea of fund raising and service. We were very fortunate that the staff and residents of The Lawns manned the tea table on several occasions, and Mr Eric Cocking supported the venture selling the wood crafted pieces he had made.
In 2017 it was decided to continue with these ‘Friendly Fridays’ as they soon became known.
The success lay in the team approach. Various stalls provided interest and income, the tea table laid with a variety of sweet and savoury goodies for which we asked only a donation was a great part of the morning, and more importantly it became very evident that having members of the congregation, who supported us, just being at the tables and entering into conversation with the visitors, made all feel very welcome.
There has developed a regular group of ladies and gentlemen who join us each Friday, and it also has given visitors to the church a place of welcome. So many experiences and ideas have been exchanged during these mornings.
This year the coffee mornings have really taken shape and we are beginning to have a team of people who are willing to be on a rota to help run the project. Our thanks go to the ladies of the choir led by Mary Whalley, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock, the staff and residents of The Lawns; they have all provided the food and the help on certain Fridays. We are so fortunate that each Friday one of the residents from The Lawns comes to help man the tea table.
Our thanks go to everyone who has provided a stall, and helped us raise money for the fabric of the church. To date we have raised well over two thousand pounds, some of which has helped finance the Way Ahead evening in the Town Hall, and to pay the expenses for the Bazaar
A further development this year has been the introduction of poetry reading by Penny Wooley, supported by Sheila Wallace. Just for a short time our visitors enjoy a variety of poems, both famous, funny and those created by their reader. We are embarking on Limericks at present.
The mornings will finish at the end of November but start again in February next year.
We would suggest that this project is opening up the church to the wider public, helping to raise money for its fabric, and providing a welcoming place for many people, who live alone, to come and be part of a group. This we hope will be an ongoing and developing venture and we look forward to many others from the congregation joining us and supporting the work we have started.