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Rev Adam Pawley

The Rector writes,

Harvest was a great celebration again. Thank you to everyone for your contributions to the flower displays, harvest suppers, ‘Messy Harvest’, food gifts for the Food Bank and your generous giving to Toilet Twinning.

Across the parish a brilliant total of £1,187 has so far been raised for Toilet Twinning. In addition, the Hope Scouts (including Beavers and Cubs) are currently in the process of twinning their Scout Hut loo too; and others have expressed interest in supporting the charity at a later stage.

Here’s the outcome so far (as at 20th October):
Hope Parish Church, £251. The church hall’s four toilets have been twinned with toilets in Kenya, Uganda, The Philippines and India.
Emmanuel Church, £108. The church’s toilet has been twinned with a toilet in Zambia.
Ysgol Estyn, £348. The school’s toilets have been twinned with a new school block of toilets in Uganda and an individual loo in The Philippines.
Abermorddu School, £240. The school’s toilets have been twinned with a new school block of toilets in Haiti.
Ysgol Penyffordd, £240. The school’s toilets have been twinned with a new school block of toilets in Sierra Leone.
We now await delivery of our framed photos of the toilets that will be built, together with their GPS coordinates, ready to find them on Google Earth!

November, the month of Remembrance is now upon us.

On Sunday 1st at 6pm in Hope Church we have our annual Service of Thanksgiving: In Memory of a Loved One: A service for all who have said goodbye to a loved one during the past year (or longer at your request). We read aloud the names of all whose funerals Hope Parish has looked after since last November plus if you would value hearing your loved one’s name read aloud again then please let a warden or myself know either in advance or as you arrive.

Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday; see the centre pages for details and arrangements for the parade services in Hope and Penyffordd.

On Armistice Day, Wednesday 11th November, at 10.55am, following last year’s turnout, there will again be a short Act of Remembrance at the Caergwrle War Memorial, after which you are as last year invited for refreshments in Caergwrle Methodist Church on Castle Street.

Sunday 29th November is Advent Sunday or ‘Christmas Starts’ Sunday. Being a fifth Sunday of the month, there will be one joint parish morning service of Family Communion at 10am in Emmanuel Church, Penyffordd during which the* Bishop’s Annual Advent Message* and Commission to the Diocese for the New Church Year will be broadcast.

Then at 4pm in Hope, ‘Christmas Starts’ is happening again. You are advised to be there early. Mary and Joseph (!) will again be getting their journey off to Bethlehem underway and Paul Harston of ‘Park In The Past’ is set to make his return as the Roman Centurion. We begin in church for the first carols of the season before (with the help of PCSO Andrea Ellis) ending outside the ‘Inn’ (Red or White Lion) for the Hope Village Christmas Lights Switch-On. The bells will sound as the first Advent Star on the church tower and the winter lights on the Red and White Lions and throughout the churchyard are lit, as provided by the Community Council. The Christmas Crib will be back and this year it’s great to have Abermorddu School, Ysgol Estyn, the Scouts, Guides and Boys/Girls Brigades putting together the crib figures… Brilliant!

Plus don’t forget the Christmas Fayre on 28th and Stable Trail on 5th December. More info on the latter in December’s magazine!

In Christ, Adam.

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