Very grateful thanks on behalf of the whole church fellowship to Dave and Clare Clark and family and their wonderful team of helpers who laid on and hosted the event. In recent years this lunch has become, for many, a highlight of the All Saints’ Christmas programme and we praise God for all those who have helped to build up this very worthwhile and practical ministry.
In addition, I would like to pay tribute to all the many other individuals and groups who have made Christmas 2011 so special - flower arrangers, tree decorators, sound and vision operators, sides-persons, Christingle makers, service sheet folders, and many, many others who have contributed in small ways and large. I would like to single out two groups for special thanks: Jonathan Robinson and his teams of musicians and singers who have made our Christmas festivities so joyful and celebratory; and also to our Office team led by Ken Markham and Sarah Hagger who did so much of the behind the scenes work in the run up to Christmas.
Christmas 2011 has been special—a great family atmosphere into which we were able to welcome once again many occasional visitors (nearly 2000 people attended services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone) - a great springboard for 2012 and for our Christianity Explored course which begins on Tuesday evening (10 January)