St Mary’s Clifton
- Every Sunday 9.30am (not 3rd Sunday)
- 3rd Sunday 8.00am & 9.30am
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Annual Report 2016-17
The past year has been busy for our church as usual, with St Mary’s marking some important occasions. We have celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday; a concert featuring some local talented people was held in august; the History Group held a superb exhibition last September, which attracted many people from the surrounding areas. The school has used the Church for their special Christmas performance of a Christmas Carol; every bit of the church was used and there was such demand for tickets that an extra two performances were give. Our Christmas draw, which was held at the home of Pat and Perry Walters was a great success, and we look forward to repeating this event in 2017.
We continue to hold our regular Sunday services, with a lunchtime short service of prayer on Wednesday at 12 o’clock which is focussed on prayers for the whole community and for those who have asked for prayer, either for themselves or for someone else. All are welcome to join in with this time of prayer. Seasonal and celebratory services are a highlight in the church calendar and are reasonably well attended. We hold regular Baptism open mornings and there are some weddings booked for the next year. We are justly proud of our church and its environs, and we thank everyone in the village and the community for their support, both financially and physically. In order to maintain the standards which are enjoyed by all our visitors, we rely on the many volunteers who come and look after the church, inside and out, and the Parish Council who take care that the grounds outside are maintained. Thank you to all.
In the year ahead we shall have many fundraising opportunities for the village to take part in, including a concert in May given by David King and Andrew Rackham, and a return visit from Lesley Smith towards the end of September. We look forward to seeing you all.