Three brief reports submitted by Ray Anglesea, minister of St Andrew’s Dawson Street Local Ecumenical Partnership
Crook Remembrance Sunday 2016
A large congregation comprising of national and civic dignitaries, military personnel, faith leaders and representatives of the local public/service sector together with school children came together in St. Catherine’s Church, Crook to remember those killed and injured in world wars and recent conflicts, their families and friends. The service was led by the Revds Vince Fenton and Linda Lindsey; the sermon which recalled the centenary of the Battle of the Somme was delivered by the Revd Ray Anglesea. The town’s cenotaph where wreaths were laid, became a place of shared remembrance.
Crook Memorial Service, November 2016
The chapel was full to capacity for the annual Memorial Service led by the Revd Ray Anglesea. Families and friends came together to remember loved ones who had died during the year and former years.
The service included Iona hymns from Jon Bell’s Songs of Lament collection, lyrics from “Hymn Song”, written by song writer/priest Peter Skellen together with poems by Christinna Rosetti and Emily Bronte. “Satin Feathers” a duet and chorus from Cantata Memoria by Sir Karl Jenkins and commissioned by BBC Wales (S4C) was also heard on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy.
Candles were lit to remember our nearest and dearest; the service was preceded by a delicious afternoon tea.
Crook LEP Christmas Fayre 2016
Crook LEP held its annual Christmas Fayre on the 12th November in the church hall. The Fayre is a very festive occasion offering a variety of stalls together with coffee and lunches as well as a welcome early visit from Father Christmas.
The event draws together members of the church community – and is always well supported by the local neighbourhood – young and old.
Profits from the Fayre which are match funded are used to support church funds.