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BACON ROLLS AND HOLY TOAST
On the fifth Sunday in January, in the warmth of the Village Hall, Smallwood and Astbury enjoyed breakfast and fellowship together between services of Holy Communion and Family Worship. We showed our appreciation with donations of £189.62 which included un-refunded gifts of food. The PCC decided that this sum should be raised to £200 and sent to St George Foundation to support them in their work with orphans in Freetown, Sierra Leone and with the recent influx of abandoned babies. St George orphanage is currently facing astronomical medical bills owing to the poor health of these tiny babies left with them and this is jeopardising the financial future of their core work with the older children. Whilst this is only a drop in the ocean compared to their shortfall, as the saying goes ‘Every little helps’. John and Brenda thank everyone for contributions to and help with serving the breakfast and for all the donations to St George.

The Shepherds at Glebe Farm.

The Shepherds at Glebe Farm.

live-nativity-threelive-nativity-onelive-nativity-fourLive Nativity in Astbury. 2000 Year Old Story Plays to Record Crowds

Yet again Astburys Live Nativity Play attracted capacity audiences for both nights. Those fortunate to attend enjoyed the spectacle of a costumed enactment of the plight of Mary & Joseph as they journeyed around Bethlehem, looking a lot like the Village at Astbury, searching for a place to stay for the night.
Accompanying them on this perilous journey were groups of children wrapped up in warm coats, bright hats, red noses and even antlers, who with their parents, provided guiding lights and encouragement.
Carols were sung with much gusto at each stop along the way and commentary offered by a quite knowledgeable fellow masquerading as ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ who seemed to know each twist and turn of this amazing story.
The procession encountered some startled Shepherds who told of a visit by singing Angels telling of an important birth and that the baby and his parents could be found resting in the lowly stable at Glebe Farm.
Eventually the whole procession arrived at the stables to witness the visit of the three Wise Men and all paid homage to the infant Jesus before singing carols and feasting on mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine.
This event has become a ‘must see’ at Christmas and, as capacity in limited, make sure you put a note in your calendar to book early for 2017 to avoid disappointment.