On a crisp sunday afternoon in December, St Mary’s Church Greasley was packed to the rafters with members and family from Inner Wheel District 22 and Rotary District 1220, to celebrate the advent of Christmas.
Inner Wheel District Chairman Di Hylton and Rotary District Govenor Colin Gell warmly welcomed guests to the 2pm Carol Service, on 4th December 2016. President Gloria Humphrey and Rotarian Husband Martin, Club Correspondent Ruth Riches and husband Dave, attended with Past President and Member Marjorie Zillwood.
The service commenced with Maureen Tunney from the Inner Wheel choir singing a beautiful solo, first verse of Once in Royal David City before the Choir and congregation joined in.
The service was presided over by Reverend Dave Marvin, who as always entertained with his cheeky humour, as well as welcoming everyone to St Mary’s.The Choir then sang two songs; In Dulci Jubilo and Angels Carol.
Mrs Anndrea Elder, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Heanor read the first of several readings from Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 before Silent Night was sung by all. The second reading from Luke 1: 26-35 was read by President of the Inner Wheel Club of Alfreton, Mrs Mandy Walker.
The Congregation were treated to two further songs from the Inner Wheel Choir; Colours of Christmas by their much loved John Rutter and Do You Hear What I hear? The service was a delightful afternoon of joyful singing and continued with the congregation singing Away in a Manager, before Mrs Gill Harvey, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Swadlincote read Luke 2: 1-7
The Reverend Dave Marvin’s sermon, the Christmas Message talked about the reasons why we give a gift at Christmas. He talked about the birth of Jesus and how the wise men came bearing gifts and shepherds flocked to see Him. Rev. Dave demonstrated how the most simple of gifts can be presented in the most heartfelt and caring of ways. He asked the congregation to consider how they could provide a heart felt gift this Christmas and spoke about the Inner Wheel theme of Touch a Heart. He asked the congregation to carry out an Act of Random Kindness (ARK) and said that just a simple smile is a gift to be received. He also advocated watching the film Evan Almighty!
During the singing of the Holly and the Ivy, a collection was made for President Di’s chosen charity of Hearing Dog for a Deaf Child.
The final reading from Matthew 2: 1-12 was read by President Mrs Jenny Burroughes, from Inner Wheel Club of Carlton and preceeded the carol Joy to The World sung by the congregation and Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow sung by the Choir.
Alivia Hylton, President Di’s grandaughter sang a solo to wish everyone a merry christmas before running in to her grandma’s arms. A truly lovely end to a wonderful service. Rev. Dave closed the service in his own inimitable style with a joke, before blessing the congregation.
Refreshments of cake, tea and coffee were available in the church hall following the service. Conversations were struck and the sounds of friendly conversations filled the room. But what was that noise on the roof???
Was that the clippety clop of reindeer hooves pulling up outside? Was that the sound of the jingling of a golden bell? Yes Children, I think it was! Ho Ho Ho it’s Santa Clause.
The children were delighted and with eyes wide, and smiles even wider they ran to greet Santa; and to the excitment of the congregation Santa arrived with his little helper. Wonder who that could be??
But it wasn’t just the children who were pleased to see Father Christmas. Two members of Inner Wheel, still children at heart wanted to sit on Santa’s knee. It doesn’t look like Santa minded.
On behalf of all Inner Wheel members at Warsop, President Gloria would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to come.
1 – Video of Once in Royal David – Solo by Margaret Tunney
2 – Video of We wish you a merry Christmas – Alivia Hylton