of the
Good Shepherd
Christmas Carols & Secret Santa Dinner
Our annual Carol Service and the Secret Santa Dinner which took place on 19 Friday 2014, was very well attended making it a very enjoyable and successful evening. The evening commenced with a Carol Service in the Church, led by the Good Shepherd Choir under the direction of the very competent Catherine Murphy, interspersed with Scriptural readings with the entire congregation joining in as indicated. The evening was now set for a wonderful and festive dinner in the parish centre, under hanging stars and angels, where a hot and cold buffet with mulled wine, mince pies and stollen cake, was on offer. The Santa Grotto was in full swing with Santa (aptly portrayed by Reg Carter: with many a "ho, ho, ho" heard that night!) handing out gifts with the aid of his little helpers. This was a sell out with a total of 300 presents sold. All these gifts were supplied by a benefactor for which we are very grateful. A top prize of £200 was included. Joe Hopkins, school Chaplain, was MC for the evening, also helping with light entertainment, which involved many of the youngsters. Parishioners were encouraged to purchase a variety of different homemade preserves, chutneys and cranberry sauce products, the stall competently managed by David Staiano. The Social Committee took charge of the bar facility under the direction of Mark Jones. The kitchen duties were carried out methodically by Bernadette Walsh and her team, displaying a wonderful selection of food dishes supplied by a very generous benefactor who also prepared many of the dishes in advance which just required baking on the night. The mood was festive, people lingered to chat and all went home well satisfied. A big thank you for the inspiration from Canon Philip Ziomek, who also encouraged many to participate. Certainly to be on the calendar next year! God bless.
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