Earlier this year the Revd John Hare and the Revd Paul Hambling introduced a Parallel Eucharist in St Marys Church Centre at the same time as the 10 oclock Sunday service. The service is aimed at children, but adults are very welcome to attend too. Like Sunday School, everyone sings the first hymn in St Marys Church and then goes to the Church Centre. The children from the choir attend and Bob Pegnall or a member of the choir plays the piano. The idea is for those present to understand what is happening at each stage of the Eucharist.
The service is a simplified form of Holy Communion, explaining each part as it is conducted. John or Paul explain why they wear the vestments, how and why they dress the altar and what everything is called. They are keen to involve the children in the service as much as possible, from reading the lessons and the prayers to taking the collection and serving at the altar. There is a lot of singing, which is rehearsed at the beginning of the service, particularly if it is something new. There have been three so far and those who have attended have mainly been the children from Sunday School, their parents and other families. The plan is to hold this service approximately six times a year.
|Make some chocolate nuggets|
2oz / 50g margarine 6oz 175g plain chocolate 2 tablespoonfuls clear honey 8oz / 250g digestive biscuits, crushed Smarties, chocolate buttons or other sweets (if wished)
What to do
Place the margarine, chocolate and honey in a saucepan, and heat gently until melted. Stir in the biscuit crumbs and mix well. Turn into a greased and lined shallow 18cm (7 inch) square cake tin and smooth the top. Mark into squares with a sharp knife, and (if wished) put a Smartie or chocolate button in the centre of each. Leave to set, then cut into squares.
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