By Editor, Nov 23 2019 06:25PM
I’m afraid this newsletter runs into November deliberately. I couldn’t resist waiting in order to include the baptism of Frances and Graham’s latest grandchild, little Eliza Jean.
But before that we remember our Harvest Supper and the following Harvest Service. The supper was a lovely relaxed evening, very low key, very enjoyable thanks to all the preparation, and provision of delicious food and diabolical quizzes (well, one of them was) but mostly due to the charming people who attended. So our thanks to Linda, Janet, Pat and all of those lovely people. Our thanks too for all the generous contributions Judith took to the LeatherHead Start project on the following Sunday.
Meanwhile, I gave myself a bonus by wandering into St. Stephen’s several times during the afternoon. It was an absolute delight to watch Vicky create a stunning floral display, from the base upwards, and the following morning it was still a glorious ‘surprise’ to see it gracing our Harvest Service. Once again, our grateful thanks to Vicky.
Our Harvest Service, presided over by John, was also different and delightful, with Frances and many of her family in attendance, lots of little ones! To be honest, Frances and her family feature largely in this letter but it is such a joy to welcome her whole family on so many occasions.
The joy was inevitably tinged with sadness when the family congregated for the celebration of the life of their much loved brother Bernard, with Adrian presiding, but that love shone through. Little Eliza attended in the arms of her parents. And just a few days later Adrian again presided, this time over the baptism of that little girl. St. Stephen’s was packed with family and friends and many of the ‘babies’ Adrian had baptized in the past. They were such good children! Phoebe read the lesson and Eliza was absolutely angelic, dressed for the part in her (many times) great grandmother’s gorgeous hand - made Christening gown. A family heirloom. It was a real pleasure to share in such a fantastic service and we send our love to Eliza and her whole family for a truly blessed future while also remembering Bernard, and all those who loved him.
Thinking of loved ones, during the baptism service there was a table displaying many little lighted candles of remembrance for loved ones, Judith explaining that David’s Remembrance Service on the previous evening had been much appreciated.
It just remains to say that, with the sale of the Children’s Society Christmas cards at a recent service, Christmas is obviously almost upon us. I must begin to badger Frances about Christmas angels and grandchildren!
On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead