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   Down St Mary Cross Country News, November 2015    1 November, 2015

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Ride Stride. On Saturday 12th September Lorraine Fidock supported by Fred Cann undertook a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Devon Historic Churches Trust. It was a nice sunny day to walk the 8 miles from DSM to Zeal Monachorum, Bow, Clannaborough and back to DSM. The walk was not hazard free, with the curiosity of a herd of cows which caused a certain individual palpitations but was well protected by the support team! The walk took 3 hours and raised £172 to be divided 50/50 between the Trust and our Church. Thank you to everyone who sponsored Lorraine.

Harvest Celebration. On Sunday 27th Rev. Lindsey Starrs led our Harvest Festival service at our Church. The congregation sang traditional harvest hymns thanking God for the gifts of harvest and showing appreciation of the hard work by our farmers, fishermen and producers and what they do to sustain everyone. Gifts of tinned and dried food were presented, which were donated to the Crediton Food Bank to help those in need, a total of 23 full carrier bags! Perishable items of fruit and vegetables were given to Ridge House, at Morchard Bishop for the residents to enjoy. The collection of £94.00 was donated to The Farms Community Network who support local farmers in times of need or crisis.

Following the service, everyone went to the Devonshire Dumpling at Morchard Road for a harvest supper and fun quiz. Once again we were entreated with an ample superb buffet supper by Gordon and his team at the Dumpling. When everyone ate their fill we commenced the ‘fun’ quiz with Nigel Fidock as the quiz master. Four teams battled each other, using the ‘old grey matter’ to answer various questions of general knowledge. After four rounds the ‘Down and Outs’, who were in the lead, found the pressure too much and opted for an early bath. The three remaining teams continued the quiz and the eventual winners were the ‘Beechnuts’ with 81 pts. They were closely followed by the ‘Bravados’ with 69pts and the ‘Misfits’ with 66pts. Did you know that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a fear of long words and in Chico, California you can be fined $500 for exploding a nuclear bomb! The evening was a great success and enjoyed by everyone.

Christmas Services. I am delighted to confirm that we will be holding a Midnight Mass at our Church at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve. A special ‘thank you’ to Rev. John Copus who will be celebrating the incarnation of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day with us. Come and savour the special Christmas ambience in this traditional Eucharist Service.

Our Christmas preparations start on Wednesday’s the 2nd, 9th and 16th (December) when we have our Evening Advent Prayer services at 4pm. These short reflective lay led services give us an opportunity to prepare ourselves for Christmas. At 10.30 am on Wednesday 23rd Rev. Anthony Geering will celebrate a (said) Eucharist Service.

On Monday 21st December we are having our Carol Service at 6.30pm. Come to hear the Christmas story and sing traditional carols and be part of the service. The Church will be decorated giving a truly festive atmosphere. You are also invited to stay after the service and enjoy some mulled wine, Mince pies and sausage rolls with friends and neighbours.

On Thursday 24th (Christmas Eve) there will be our ever popular Crib Service at 4.00pm. Children are especially invited to this informal service and to help put the Nativity figures and animals in the crib along with a host of Angels. Parents, Grandparents and friends are all welcome to share the joy with the excited children eagerly anticipating Christmas Day which will be only ONE sleep away!

WOW! A whole lotta love from DSM. This year’s Shoebox appeal generated a fantastic response from our Church, DSM W.I. and the local community. On Sunday 11th October, Rev. Lindsey Starrs,   blessed 18 shoeboxes ‘filled with love’ prior to their journey to Bulgaria. They will be distributed to children’s homes, homes for the elderly and those in need. I know that a lot of love, thought and preparation by you, went into preparing these boxes and I hope you can imagine the happiness on the faces of those who receive them and that it gives you a warm feeling of joy as well. 

Village Hall Bazaar. Father Christmas has a date in his diary to visit DSM Village Hall on Saturday 5thDecember where there is a Bazaar being held. The fun starts at 2pm and Father Christmas is coming for a visit during the afternoon, depending on the speed of the reindeers and weather conditions nearer the North Pole! While you are waiting there will be stalls to purchase a Christmas treat as well as teas, coffees and cakes, proceeds to the village hall and DSM W..

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