Menston Parish Church report

MENSTON PARISH CHURCH
LOOKING BACK we were delighted at the interest, enjoyment and generosity of the village community giving their time and skills to put on and share in the Summer Fair, the Open Churchyard event and the recent Coffee Morning. The monies generated have been donated to various church charities. Our thanks go to Menston Primary School for allowing us to host the Fair on their premises.
The residents of Menston once again supported Christian Aid week with a magnificent total of £4455 this year. Thanks to everyone who helped with the collection.
A service to commemorate the commencement of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July, 1916 was held 100 years to the day, together with an attractive and informative display in the Parish Room put together by Judith Knaggs. During the year, those men of Menston who lost their lives will be remembered by the lowering of the flag at Kirklands and also in the Parish Magazines.
LOOKING FORWARD we are delighted to welcome the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, who will be leading our service for Harvest Festival on Sunday 2nd October at 10am. Everyone is most welcome to the service and afterwards to share in a quiz and Harvest Lunch.
Once again, the “Follow the Fleece” company will be entertaining us, this time with “Gathered In – To Menston” – a unique celebration of Harvest-time on Saturday, 15th October in church at 7.30.p.m.
30th October at 4.30pm is A Service for All Soulstide when we will be remembering those known to us who have died, acknowledging the pain of bereavement and loss, but also the love from which it springs.
In this 140th Anniversary year of the Mothers Union nationally, local meetings re-commence in September and a date for the diary, open to everyone, will be a talk by Mr David Dennis about the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team. 1st November at 2.15pm in the Parish Room.
A traditional Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade will be held on Sunday, 13th November at 10.30am, including a 2 minutes silence and reading out the names of those who died in two world wars.
As thoughts turn to Christmas, the new Traidcraft catalogue will soon be available with ideas for a “different” kind of Christmas present. We are working towards being an Eco Church.
At our Let’s Worship service on 11th December at 9.15am young families and friends will be preparing for Christmas. Our traditional Carol Service will be at 4.30pm on 18th December followed by seasonal refreshments. Look out for carol singing opportunities (on the recreation ground!) and details of our services over the Christmas week-end (Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year!) in the Churches Together Christmas card.
Further information about events can be obtained from the Parish Office (872433) or on our web site at http://www.stjohnmenston.org.uk

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