11th November 2018

First of all, I would like to welcome Madam Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Sue Burke, Consort Councillor Christopher Burke, the uniformed organisations, Trevor, our cornet player & all visitors to St Faith’s church for our service of Remembrance commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1. This year, the scout group has prepared a special account of what it was like to be a scout in WW1 & the West End Youth Club has looked at what we know about some of the names that are on St Faith’s WW1 memorial. Both schools have been making poppies: you can see the fabulous contribution around the church today as they have used their poppies to decorate the church.

I was in St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School for Collective Worship this week to kick off their day looking at memories with a Collective Worship on memories and what the poppy stands for. The children held a 10 second silence & you could’ve heard a pin drop – they were brilliant. On Monday I will be in St Faith & St Martin CE Junior school as I lead their Collective Worship on Remembrance.

You will have also noticed that we have silhouettes in church; this is part of the ‘There But Not There’ project which aims to place a representative figure for the names on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes represent those who should have returned home to their communities but did not; it forms part of the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 WW1.

Last week I popped into the bonfire party for the children & youth associated with St Faith’s. I want to say a big thanks to Sue & Jake for hosting this year’s event & to Helen D who helped with the organisation of the event. There were many families there: good food, lots of sparklers, fireworks with toasted marshmallows as well. It was a great evening & it was good for both King’s Lions & West End Youth Club & their families to come together for the evening.

It’s been a full week with many highlights including the St Faith & St Martin CE Junior school iSingPOP concert at Alive church. iSingPOP is the Innervation Trust's primary school singing & recording project. They are a Christian charity that give thousands of children the chance to learn an amazing set of specially written pop songs, to record their very own album & perform a fantastic concert. The singing was outstanding & was accompanied with awesome dance moves. Thanks to Alive church for making this happen.

Please see our ‘Dates for your Diary’ on the back page for news of the events coming up. We have community meals aimed at bringing the community together. Our RAF supper this Saturday – 17th November is the next event & our Christmas Lunch should not be missed. Please come along & please invite someone who you feel may also enjoy the company – maybe a neighbour you know is on their own and ma not get a Christmas dinner otherwise.

The other big event coming up is St Faith’s Family Fashion Show at the junior school – all the latest fashions, only £5 a ticket to come along & enjoy a local evening out with local models (it seems I have been volunteered)!!

Have a good week, God bless, Rev’d Julie