GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - NOVEMBER 2019
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Gleanings from the Parish News
DECEMBER PARISH NEWS AND WEBSITE UPDATE
This year and for following years the Parish News for December will become the December/January edition. A lot of Parishes have for some time followed this pattern due to the difficulties of getting the January magazine put together, printed and distributed over the Christmas/New Year period and we have taken the decision to join them.
Please remember to send any notices of January events in good time for this new arrangement– preferred copy date is around 10th of month preceding, with deadline of 15th - so between 10th and 15th November please.
The same will apply to this website, so there will be no website update at the beginning of January, but the December update wiil include the services, news and events for January as well as December.
SHARING FESTIVE CHEER WITH FAMILY SUPPORT WORK
Very many thanks to everybody for your continuing help by donating food and toiletry items to support our local families in Sussex. Your support is helping FSW enormously. In addition to the food, in 2019 FSW took on 148 new families, and worked on a one to one basis with 397 families. They also welcomed 2,000 people to support sessions, after school clubs, fun days out, and play support after school. With their new staff members they are really managing to expand their work and make a difference to more families.
We hope that you would like to help us to assist FSW give a happier Christmas to their families, by making donations towards HAMPERS and CHRISTMAS GIFTS. If so, please leave items in the boxes in our churches in Plaistow and Kirdford any time during November and up to Sunday 8th December.
Suggestions for hampers are:
- Festive tins of chocolates or biscuits,
- Tinned meat, ham, corned beef. Hotdog sausages.
- Christmas puddings/mince pies ( check dates if buying early)
- Tinned fruit, custard
- Cheese crackers/savoury snacks, Squash and cordials
Suggestions for gifts (please leave gifts upwrapped) will be on the Christmas Tree at the back of the two churches. The labels suggest presents for either boys and girls or mums and dads. This year they don't need gifts for babies and toddlers, so they are looking for items suitable for ages 5 to 18. Gift cards are ideal for teenagers. Please collect a label and return your gift to one of our churches. The presents will be collected each Sunday and stored for distribution to families - the last collection for presents and food will be Sunday 8th December from Kirdford church. That will give time for the hampers to be made up and distributed before Christmas.
Many thanks in advance from Family Support work. Your generosity is so very helpful and will brighten Christmas for many families.
Carolyn Mudford for Family Support Work.
NEW SONG CAFE
New Song Cafe is at 4 pm on Sunday 10th November 2019 at St John the Baptist church, Kirdford.
All are welcome for a cuppa, some cake and a chance to learn some new songs,