November already and definitely a nip in the air! Where has the year gone?
This month we have entered the season of All Saints journeying towards Advent stopping to commemorate our faithful departed along the way and those who have died serving our country through war on Remembrance Sunday. All Saints is literally about celebrating all the saints, famous or not, who may have lived long ago or are still serving others in our world today. In fact the month of November is very much about service and serving others. The saints served our world, our armed forces served our nation and defended others; both willing to die for others in the cause of freedom and democracy and the common good. Church wise all of this draws us up to a wonderful Sunday which brings the cycle of the Church’s year to a close and that is the Feast of Christ the King. The year that began with the hope of the coming Messiah ends with the proclamation of his universal sovereignty. Great themes to reflect on which also once again remind us of our dependence and our mutual belonging as church and community together. I rather like that idea of ‘mutual belonging’ and think it describes our community well. So here are some opportunities for mutual belonging!
Café Church kicks off the month in church with informal gathering over coffee and other refreshments followed by a short time of worship. The theme will be All Saints and All Souls and this month we welcome new Capel resident and professional guitarist Bob Cranham to lead our music. (Bob is also holding an evening of praise and worship later on this month featuring songs old and new, in his home, which we hope will raise some funds to help support his daughter Sally Cranham who is working with the anti-trafficking charity ‘Source’. See the church calendar for more details).
At the same time our art group is holding its second annual art exhibition in the Capel Parish Hall where members and other local artists and craftspeople will display their work, much of which will be offered for sale this year. Lots of beautiful cards will be available to buy as well. Entrance is free but will include a cream tea like last year. Donations are welcomed towards the Church Boundary Wall project. We had a wonderful afternoon last year so do come along and join us, choose your favourite painting, and maybe sort out some Christmas presents?! Speaking of Christmas presents don’t forget to come to our coffee morning in aid of The Children’s Society and order your Christmas cards and other Christmassy items. This will be on Saturday 11th. The following day we move into the theme of remembrance as once again we are joined by the Capel Standard Bearer, a bugler and our uniformed boys and girls to remember those who died and to lay wreaths. It is always such a moving occasion… and then we reach Christ the King Sunday where we will be later hosting a soup lunch followed by teas, the last one of the season incidentally, and the lovely Christmas produce will be for sale all in aid of CMS (Christian Mission Society) Last but not least remember that the first Saturday in December will be the day we put up the community Christmas trees as usual with festive refreshments and more live music, followed by the grand switch on later in the evening, with carol singing and probably more refreshments!
None of these wonderful events would be possible without the many volunteers who give their time and service to us all and thank you everyone who comes along and supports them, helping us all to raise funds for various good causes. There are many unsung heroes and saints in our village today and of course many in past years too. Thank you to all who work so tirelessly to make our village a great place to live and to the many who work to make the church a hospitable and welcoming place to worship God. I would especially like to thank the Horticultural Society for redesigning the circular flowerbed near the church door. It looks wonderful and we look forward to seeing the plants next year and in years to come. Thank you too to Chris Coke who has patiently fought a battle with many slugs and snails and looked after it amongst lot of other things in our churchyard in previous years. So let’s keep ‘mutually belonging’ as we travel through November and enter that other season of Advent and should I mention Christmas again…………….?!
My love and prayers as ever.