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   Down St Mary Cross Country News    1 September, 2015

Down St. Mary

Cross Country News September 2015


Harvest Festival and Supper.

Our Harvest Festival service will be held at our Church on Sunday 27th September at 6.00 p.m. The service will be led by Rev. Lindsey Starrs. Come along and sing traditional Harvest hymns and hear harvest themed readings all thanking God for the Harvest and the abundance of creation. Could you please bring an item to donate to the Crediton Food Bank, such as dried or tinned goods (there is a suggestion list of items needed at the back of the Church). Fresh produce will be donated to Ridge House at Morchard Bishop. The collection will be donated to the Farms Community Network, who support local farmers in crisis or need. Following the service there will be a Harvest Supper at the Devonshire Dumpling, Morchard Road. Tickets are on sale now, at £6.00 each from Heather and Alan French of Beech Drive, DSM. The ticket price includes the superb Devonshire Dumpling buffet, and participation in a ‘fun’ quiz. Unfortunately, John and Jan Phillips are unable to do their quiz, but we will endeavour to have just as much fun with a substituted quiz. We do hope that you are able to attend both the service and the supper for a great evening.

Child Sponsorship:-  A big ‘thank you’ to members of our congregation who are sponsoring Tageso in Ethiopia. We have recently received an updated photo of him together with a drawing and newsletter; this is being displayed at the back of the Church. There are still limited spaces available, if you want to be part of changing lives and communities for the better. Please contact Nigel Fidock for more information.

Christmas Shoe box appeal­:- As I write this in August, I realize that Christmas is far from your minds!!! However, the annual Trussell Trust shoebox appeal has started. The reason for mentioning it now is that any donations need to be given by Sunday 11th October, so they can be checked for customs and transported to Varna, Bulgaria. They are then distributed to the Burzitsa  Childrens’ Home, as well as hospitals, homes for the elderly, other orphanages and people in need, all in time for Christmas.

Last year we donated nine boxes with an additional three from Zeal. The Information sheet together with a checklist of suggested items/customs declaration form is available at the back of the Church. Let’s all send ‘A Box Full of love’ to those in need. I know I say it each year, but it is very humbling to think that some toiletries and a small gift is someone’s Christmas.

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