I know, it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas - still trying to be summer in some parts of our rainy island - but the new Christian Aid Christmas catalogue is now available and always a good first choice when browsing for gifts in advance.
Aside from the usual beautifully designed cards and gift wrap, there are new and unusual gifts to be purchased this year. Most of the gifts in the catalogue are made by workers in the developing world, under fair-trade agreements, and profits are ploughed back into funding development projects around the world.
To entice you further, the sort of gifts you can buy through Christian Aid this year include a handcrafted miniature copper church from Peru, silken Christmas baubles from India, a Balinese Batik holder made of split bamboo, a Festive Chest of Chocolate Coins from the Philippines, and wonderfully aromatic Arabica coffee beans in a calico drawstring bag, packaged in Bangladesh.
To receive a free copy of the Christian Aid Christmas Selection in good time for seasonal gift-buying ahead of the rush, you can telephone 020 7523 2229 or visit www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Joint Service at St. MarksThe school holidays are sadly drawing to a close, the weather has taken on a distinctly chilly turn, and many of us in this rural benefice will be geared up for harvest time already after such a hot summer. To mark the end of our summer break, and in the knowledge that our own Harvest Festival celebration is fast approaching, we will be hosting a United Service of Holy Communion this weekend in St. Mark's, Flecknoe.
The Service of Holy Communion will take place at 10.30am this Sunday 27th August. As always, everyone is extremely welcome to join us in worship this weekend, both from the village of Flecknoe itself and from all the other parishes in our benefice.