Christmas Day Lunch at St Johns

When we heard that there was going to be a Christmas lunch hosted by the Maclure family, it felt like such a blessing. For us we’ve had some family changes this year, so it was going to be a different kind of Christmas for us anyway.

After a lovely Christmas Day service, it was great seeing so many happy faces bringing in such a variety of different things into the hall for the lunch. With delicious foods from Trinidad, Iran, and Brazil, side by side with the traditional turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Some people from church contributed dishes and drinks even though they weren’t attending. As for the puddings, you were spoilt for choice, so many treats including Dave’s Mum’s special pumpkin pie.

The Maclure’s contributed the turkey, which Dave carved, with a bit of help from dear Marley who snaffled up any extra bits. Friends helping throughout in so many ways towards this happy day. After the meal we all gathered round to listen to the Queen’s speech on the radio.

There were some ingenious party games created by the lovely ladies from the vicarage, causing great laughter and the joining together of guests within teams. I loved being in team Reindeer with Ted from St Mary’s and Dave’s Dad. These included making pictures out of skittles sweets, wrapping up the teenagers in wrapping paper and car racing.

Each and every one who was there contributed in making it a gloriously awesome occasion, which all of us hope can be repeated. It was a day full of fun and laughter with about 15 guests of all ages, backgrounds and from both churches, showing the true meaning of what it means to be part of a church family.

Mary Manthey-Steel