Christmas Dinner 2018

WEDNESDAY, 12/12/2018 AT ST STEPHEN’S VILLAGE HALL PENRITH
Firstly, thank you to all those who organised and assisted on the night which resulted in a very enjoyable evening of worship, fun and fellowship, and great food. Also, the decision this year to make a donation towards GFS New Guinea instead of a Kris Kringle gift was a good idea.
The night was very well structured and so it “flowed”. Leonie directed the night by introducing people and leading in some prayers and carols.
I’m sure we all enjoyed the music and songs by Cassie and Sophie, two very talented sisters, from St Clair Anglican Kids’ Club and with two children Erica and Evan from the Club.
Doreen did a great job as usual. The “pass the bag” was passed around from table to table and when the music stopped the person with the bag had to take out a note and do what it said – either sing or recite a nursery rhyme. It was so funny to see each person’s reaction and many trying to “get rid of the bag”. Cassie played the music on her flute and stopped and started to perfection. Also, Doreen gave us all some paper to write down what we thought the Twelve Days of Christmas Song was representing in Christianity. This had us all a bit stumped until she said it’s all in the number. For example, the number 1 The Partridge in the pear tree is referring to Jesus. Some people were good at the answers and even agreeing with “Mr Google” as Doreen says or finding another relevant answer. Another relevant answer was to 12 Drummers Drumming which “Mr Google” says refers to the 12 points of Doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed but some people also said it could be the 12 Tribes of Israel.
The guest speaker was Kay, the chaplain from Buckland Retirement Village. She is such a gentle person who gave her life to Christ at an early age. I could see the peace and acceptance she has in her life from her commitment. She is inspirational and I’m sure her role as a chaplain assists and comforts many.
I was pleased that Lyn V. was able to come down from her new home at the Central Coast to be with us all and enjoy the night. When I spoke to Lyn, she said she felt happier in herself, despite her ill health, because she was with her GFS friends. Lyn was presented with a bunch of flowers as appreciation for all her work and life’s commitment to GFS.
The food was enjoyable as usual. I love the traditional Christmas food and this year, as well as plum pudding and custard, we had apple crumble if we preferred that.