Notes on the
RDA Carol Service - Because it has turned out to be Election Day, we cannot use the Parish Hall for the
usual meal afterwards so (at the moment of going to press) we will have refreshments in the church after the service. It has
not proved feasible to alter the date of the service - and we can’t alter the date of the election!
Last year we decided to hold the “Midnight” service a little earlier
in the evening - at 9.00 pm. The comments afterwards were mixed; some prefer the traditional time of 11.30 pm. Others came
BECAUSE it was earlier, so we have decided to give it another try. Bearing in mind that there are midnight services in Shifnal,
Sheriffhales and Albrighton, we may decide to discontinue it altogether as our Christmas Day service is much better attended,
whereas “Midnight” ( at whatever time) is not.
Crib and Christingle
This service is a combination of dressing the crib and telling the Christmas story of how God arrived in the world
to experience human life in both its pain and glory AND the Christingle service at which we remember particularly the work
of the Children’s Society who support young people in difficult circumstances throughout England and Wales. Each child
will receive an orange which represents the world. The red band round it is Christ’s blood, shed for the rescue of men,
women and children from ultimate annihilation and the candle is the light of Christ which we try to follow, as opposed to
the darkness of wickedness. His light permeates the four corners of the earth, represented by the four sticks, and he blesses
us with the fruits of the earth for our use and our delight.
It is with sadness that I report the death of Peter Appleby who was a member of Tong Singers. He has been ill for
several years. I remember him in his early teens, the younger brother of Liz Appleby QC and the late David who was the organist
at St. Mary’s Albrighton. They lived at Shifnal Manor. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
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