Church News (as it comes in!) below:
Book sale brings in the book worms!
Fortunately we don´t need to find an annelidologist (rare and very expensive, no doubt) to sort this out!
Congratulations to Jenny and all those who donated and helped for this regular event. About €650 was raised, a vital sum now that we face further expenditure on the drains and also a call for a higher cash contribution from the Diocese in Europe.
Curry and Quiz night
Our stellar social events genius, Liz Mason, organised the Curry and Quiz night on Friday 25 January. As expected, it was a huge success given that all 50 places had been reserved almost as soon as it was announced! A big thank you too to all the individual chefs de cuisine who prepared and provided the quintessential Curry.
Not only was it a great fund raiser (over €700 for our Church) but more importantly it helped strengthen even further our community at St. George’s!
If you missed it, you will be delighted to know that Liz is already thinking of the next event. If you would like to join in with this, do send her an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
There´s no stopping this lady!
Great praise for Celia’s Godly Play work in Bishop David’s blog
Celia Paterson is a Reader who serves in St George’s Madrid. She is also one of Europe’s leaders in Godly Play, a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture for those in early, middle and late childhood. It is without doubt a significant movement supporting the exploration of faith by children and young people in today’s Church.
The diocese is justifiably proud of Celia’s leadership in Godly Play internationally and ecumenically, a clear outworking of her Reader vocation to teach the faith and nurture disciples.
Father Paul licensed at Montreux
Father Paul was licensed in his new Church of St. John’s, Montreux, Switzerland on Sunday, 20th January. The above photo shows Father Paul with Jill and members of their family and friends.
….and this one is of the Archdeacon for Switzerland, Reverend Canon Adele Kelham, together with Father Paul and Father Barry Dryden (who has been our own locum on several occasions).
We wish Father Paul all the very best for his new Ministry!
Church Hall Bathroom refurbishment just a little closer…..
Thank you to those who together donated €600 towards our pledge tree project to refurbish the hall bathroom. As you can imagine it won´t go that far so if you want to help towards this very important little corner of the church fabric, which most of use at some time, please contact Liz in the office, or you can contribute online by stating clearly what your donation is for. See the pew sheet for our bank account details. Our treasurer will then ensure that your donation goes to the right fund.
Curry and Quiz night – Friday 25 January
Sorry, but almost as soon as it was advertised, the curry and quiz night on Friday 25th January became a sell out.
What a pity if you missed this one BUT Liz Mason is already thinking of the next quiz night.
If you would like to join in with the next quiz, send her an email on email@example.com
There´s no stopping this lady!
Father Paul and Jill say goodbye to some of the 08:30 service’s regulars…. over the usual post-service, and very convivial, desayuno, of course!
Full Chapel at the El Escorial “La Chimenea” Lessons and Carols Service
Our Choir performs at its very best for St. George´s Madrid Christmas carols and lessons service
… and the Congregation was pretty good too!
Diana debuts in her new robes!
Congratulations to our very popular Diana who is now incorporated as a Fellow of The Society of Crematorium Organists.
Farewell to Father Paul and Jill
Although our dear friends will not be leaving Madrid until the end of the month, parishioners gathered in the Church Hall on Sunday 16th to thank them for their tremendous contribution to the Church and pastoral life over the past five years and to wish them all the very best for their new life and work in Montreux.
James (above, left) gave a well-received encomium.
Jill´s selfie with some of the parishioners
Father Paul with more parishioners and Liz Mason (3rd right)
Our Christmas Pledge Tree
As we all know, this is the season for giving (even Scrooge finally worked this out!) and St. George’s Church building is nearing its centenary anniversary and consequently needs a lot of maintenance! So please try to make a donation by adding your name to one of the red tags decorating the tree in the porch. Target number one will be to refurbish the restroom in the Church Hall which we are sure you will agree deserves a bit of TLC!
Children’s Christmas Drawing Competition!
Please spread the word – St.George’s church is holding a Christmas drawing competition for all the children to have the opportunity to win 2 x pantomime tickets for this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz – A Sequel!
• All entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and to be in by 12noon on Wednesday 12th December, judging will take place and parents will be informed on the same day.
• The pantomime runs from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December 2018
• Child’s name and contact telephone number should be added to each entry.
Thank you… and Good Luck!!
Barbees Concert at St George’s a great success
A packed church enjoyed a wonderful evening of music from the Barbees, Madrid’s only women’s barbershop chorus. The talented choristers covered everything from “Bohemian Rhapsody “ to “Feliz Navidad”.
Just in time for Christmas!
Congratulations to Jessica and Ignacio on the arrival of their first child, Nathaniel, on November 24.
Keep the peques warm this winter!
Our Godly Play team has launched a great initiative to collect unwanted children’s coats for needy “peques”. Please help keep these kids keep warm over the winter!
The collection basket is in the Church and will close on Sunday 16th December.
18th November Bake sale
Our Bake Off Queen, June, has done it again by selling over €600 of her home made delicacies and Greetings Cards in aid of Church funds. Eat your heart out, Mr Kipling, June is now well out in front!
June and Clare ready to Rock (cakes)‘n (Swiss)Roll
Bishop Robert’s Christmas Message, 2018
Remembrance Day Service, 11 November 2018
Wedding of Tansy, from Ormskirk, near Liverpool, to Jorge, from Madrid, 8th September
The service was conducted by Father Paul in both English and Spanish
Pan-African Sunday and Confirmation Service, 30th September
Bishop David meets one of the Madrid congregation
Our two confirmands, Ella and Miracle, at the same service:
For more photos and news of this special day do visit Bishop David’s exciting blog at: