St Alban’s Church
Sunday communion service was led by priest in charge the Rev Philip Stead, sidepersons were Joyce and Michael Dowling. Teresa Pearson presented the prayer tree. Maureen Mawer and Sue Waldram gave Bible readings, Sally Stafford led prayers of intercession and Derek Naylor, Janet Taylor and David Coulton presented the offertory. Rhona Wallhead administered the chalice. Denise Levy played the organ, Brian Negus operated the computer and Teresa Pearson the sound system. Refreshment were served by Pam and Brian Negus and Derek Naylor.
1st Forest Town Scout
At Wednesday (Portland) Beavers, leaders Bridget Parker, Steven Waite and helper Dawn Smith supervised Beavers trying experiments towards their Scientist proficiency award. At Wednesday (Portland) Cubs, eaders Tracey Rowles, Joanne Green and Steven Waite assisted by helper David Mellors supervised writing prayers for a service on Sunday at Forest Town Methodist Church. Those attending a forthcoming cub camp also completed kit lists. Holly Mae Dove carried out flag duties. Thursday (Sherwood) Beavers leaders Glenys Evans and Steve Iberle supervised a games evening for Beavers. Thursday (Sherwood) Cubs leaders Steph Musgrove and Linda Riley supervised a drawing of a leader, Matthew Eacott by the Cubs as part of the Artist proficiency award. Those attending the Christmas Cub camp completed Kit a list. James Doherty was welcomed for his first visit and Joseph Judson carried out flag duties. Scout eaders Steven Waite, Graham Alexander and Kath Erridge assisted by helper Sean Gaughan supervised the final section of the Emergency Aid stage 3 and preparation of the Shoe Box appeal. Aaron Phoenix carried out flag duties. On Sunday morning 35 members, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders attended Forest Town Methodist Church where Minister Ann Anderson conducted a service around the Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Shoe Box Appeal. All Sections of the Scout Group along with Guides and Brownies have been collecting items in shoe boxes for children in a Third World developing country.
On Tuesday volunteers manned the Trinity Community Cafe. On Wednesday afternoon Mrs J. Staley led the Women’s Own meeting. Speaker was Mrs Pam Negus. Pianist was Mrs E. Levick. OnWednesday evening Mr M. Rendell led the prayer meeting. On Friday evening the Youth Cafe was held at the church. On Sunday the preacher for the morning service was the Rev Ann Anderson. Children from the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts handed in ‘Shoeboxes’ filled with gifts for less fortunate children in other countries. The young people taking part in the service said prayers for these children abroad. Mrs M. House spoke of her visit to Albania where her son is a missionary and the family were involved in distributing 7,000 ‘Shoeboxes’ to many villages. Refreshments were served by Mrs M. House and Mrs M. Cutts. Notices were given by Mr M. Rendell. Organist was Mr D. Walters.