DECEMBER 2016

 

December was a busy month, both in worship and socially. On two Sundays in mid-December we had first a presentation of the nativity scenes as depicted by some of the great artists through the Ages, with descriptions of the paintings themselves, and these were interspersed with matching Christmas carols, and on the following Sunday we held our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which was well attended, despite several of our members being away with families in the UK  (and USA). Members were invited to bring gifts suitable for children of all ages, which were placed under the Christmas tree and altar table, and as is our custom we handed these over, together with a range of groceries to the ladies from Secours Catholique who attended the service. Our Christmas morning Holy Communion was well attended and afterwards there was Christmas cake and coffee.

Our Christmas offerings, together with the total raised from the Christmas draw and Christmas Social, meant we were able to send a healthy sum to Medecins sans Frontieres

On the Social front, we held our Christmas Fair on Friday 2nd December, when there were a number of interesting stalls on display, with craft products, knitted goods, clothes, books, bric a brac and a white elephant stall. Light refreshments were served by our Pastoral team.

There was no Quiz this month, due to the normal date being so close to Christmas, but there is to be a resumption of what is now a very popular evening on Friday 27th January 2017.

Our Pilates and Craft groups decided to have a break until mid- January, but Yoga classes continued as did the regular monthly Revive coffee morning.

Work on refurbishing the upper rooms is almost completed, and shortly we will have a large room available for Pilates, Yoga, Craft etc, a smaller room to be used as an office and library and a medium size room which will be used for Council and other meetings, and can also be used as a comfortable lounge.

 

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NOVEMBER 2016

 

Once again, as in past years, ESCF was invited by the Mairie of Homps to join in their Armistice Day parade, and to lay a wreath at the War Memorial. We were well supported by some of our local members, and afterwards enjoyed light refreshments and aperitifs in the Salle Polyvalente. This was followed two days later by our own Remembrance Day service. A small team of members had also prepared two window displays of events which happened exactly one hundred years ago, namely the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Verdun, where huge casualties were incurred by the British and the French respectively. There were photographs and a display of wooden crosses and poppies.

 

Our weekly Bible study group continued to meet, as did the Craft group, the Pilates class and the Yoga class, and our Pastoral  team continues to hold a coffee morning on the third Friday of every month. Our other two main social events, the Clothes sale and Quiz night were as usual very well attended, and the month concluded with our Advent Sunday service which coincided with the anniversary of the chapel. This was our fourth anniversary and as usual was celebrated afterwards with a Faith lunch (where everyone brings a dish of something to place on the table for all to enjoy).

 

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OCTOBER 2016

 

October saw our usual Clothes sale, Craft group meetings, and a re-start of our Pilates classes, as well as a new venture, a weekly yoga class every Friday afternoon.

 

There was a “Curry evening “ on October 13th which again was fully subscribed, and a variety of curries were available, followed by  dessert. This was a fund raising event and a total of just over 400€ was collected to be used  in the refurbishment of the upper part of the property.

 

Our pastoral team continued with their monthly coffee morning to which all are welcome between 10.00am and noon on the third Friday of every month.

 

Recently we have purchased a second hand caravan ( 1973 model) in which to house a homeless refugee, and immediately following Hurricane Matthew we sent 600€ to the charity SOS Attitude to cover the cost of supplying two “shelter” tents .

 

Our October quiz night saw another “full house” of contestants and a most enjoyable evening was spent with light refreshments answering 60 questions on a whole variety of topics.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

 

The Craft group continues to meet every Thursday morning, and on

the second Thursday spent an enjoyable morning making all sorts of candles, for sale at our Christmas Fair and also as presents for friends and family. Other activities included sewing, knitting, crochet work and just having a “brew and a natter”.

 

The weekend of September 17/18th was our “Harvest Festival” and members brought a whole variety of non-perishable items with which to decorate our altar table in the chapel, plus a handmade loaf in the form of a wheatsheaf. On the Saturday evening we held our Harvest supper, a typical “hot pot” which was much enjoyed by a gathering of around 36 members and friends.

 

This was followed on the Sunday morning by a lovely service celebrating Harvest and the produce which had been donated was all bagged up and taken a few days later to Carcassonne to the distribution centre of Restos du Coeur, along with a cheque for 320€, which represented our weekends offertory and profits from the Harvest Supper.

Quiz night once again attracted a full house of ”quizzers” and was much enjoyed by all.

 

Harvest Supper

 

       Our harvest supper this year took the form of a “hot pot”, and was attended by 25 members, who also brought their offerings for distribution  to those less fortunate. A most enjoyable evening was punctuated with several poetry readings all connected with “harvest”

 Our Harvest Festival service was very well attended the following morning with more gifts being added to display around the altar table.

 

The harvest gifts, together with a cheque for 320€, the result of donations at the supper and Sunday’s Harvest Festival offertory were presented to Resto du Coeur in Carcassonne.

 

 

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AUGUST 2016

 

As usual we held our monthly “New 2U” clothes sale and Afternoon Tea at Poilhes, which was well attended. Being a holiday month our social team had opted for a quiet month, as many members were away or busy entertaining, but our quiz night on the last Friday of the month was a “full house” and was much enjoyed by all who took part.

 

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JULY 2016

 

As usual the monthly quiz was held on the last Friday of July with a record number of participants. An excellent set of quiz questions was produced by this month's quiz master Ian and a splendid evening of fun ensued. There was only a point or two difference between the winners and the rest, making for a very tense and close finish. A great evening and thanks to those who organized the event.

 

The monthly clothes sale at Poilhes was held as usual on the first Friday of the month, July 1st.

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JUNE 2016

 

The summer garden party and BBQ was held on Saturday June 11th at the

home of John and Janet Barber, and was well attended by members and

friends. There was a large choice of salads and desserts and guests

brought along their own choice of meats to barbecue. A raffle was held

and the money raised  has been donated to an orphanage in Kenya, where

some of the ESCF membership already have an interest. Our thanks to all

for their support.

 

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MAY 2016

 

The pastoral team held their first coffee morning for “carers.” on Friday 20th May. The purpose is to make available a room where carers from differing associations can meet and discuss with others any problems that they may have. All are welcome.

 

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APRIL 2016

 

April  15th saw the first ESCF Spring Fair, held in the chapel from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

 

There were a number of stalls featuring bric -a-brac,  books, craft products made by the members, kntting products and a “white elephant stall”. There was also a clothes sale and refreshments were available for those who wished whilst they were browsing.

 

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