Church News | Sunday, 10 December 2017 |
Santa’s visit to St Mary’s in Broomfield is always something special and so it was again on Saturday. There were stalls aplenty with lots to see and buy and the puppet crew was there to entertain the children and a few grown-ups too.
The event began at 11am with prayers before people started coming in and circulating. There was a grand raffle, with lots of prizes to be had and some craft stalls where the children could make lots of sparkly decorations, there was also a ‘paint yourself a cookie’ stall with lots of tubes of coloured icing with which to turn your plain biscuit into something very special. In the church there were books and toys to buy, and one stall had all knitted items which were beautiful. Just inside the church entrance we had another beautiful stall with lots of decorated goodies and treats. Of course, there had to be two ‘naughty’ stalls in the church, one was a chocolate tombola, which was covered in chocolate galore, and the other was a cake stall which eventually ran out of cakes, would you believe?
The puppets performed three songs soon after the church had opened and their antics brought forth warm applause, after which we were told that Santa had arrived with his helpers and elves, all ready to hand out gifts to the children in his grotto. At lunchtime, the hall became very busy serving soup and piping-hot jacket potatoes, which I am sure was very welcoming on such a freezing cold day.
Eventually we all said ‘goodbye’ to Santa and the puppet crew performed their three songs again just to help send everyone off with smiles on their faces. It really was a lovely, happy and enjoyable event where everyone worked very hard to make it so. Revd. Julie would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a huge success and to all the help and support received.
This morning at the 10.30am service Revd Carolyn thanked all the people who performed the mammoth task of clearing away after the Santa Event, and she informed us that the event made well over £800.00. Thank you to all - Revd Julie and Revd Carolyn