Christening, communion and the gift of Christmas

Every year St Mary”s Pennard have always had a collection of unwrapped toys that have filled up the car to overflowing and which I have always felt like Santa driving his sleigh.

Their generosity has been overwhelming and as usual the toys have gone to Faith in Families for distribution by them to those most in need and this has always been done following the annual ‘Gift service’

This year however was certainly ‘different’ . For a number of years once a month we have taken church into the heart of the community and held it at the Community Hall. This year the gift service was due to take place there but we also chose that occasion to hold our first Family Communion there open to all who have been baptised.

However this was added to by a young family who decided they would like to have their newest arrival Lucas christened there as well during a service they have become comfortable with and familiar faces at over the years.

There was however a request which certainly set the Christmas spirits sparkling and that was that everyone wear a Christmas jumper for the occasion which certainly proved to be the most colourful service we have held there.

Christmas music, carols and Christmas nibbles followed and it was indeed a memorable morning of welcoming anew life into our midst with the joy of gift giving at this most wonderful of times.

Canon Peter Brooks