Gourmet meal, charity concert, New Year’s Eve prayer

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Gourmet meal, charity concert, New Year’s Eve prayer

Latest news of interest across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a gourmet meal, a charity concert and a New Year’s Eve worship and prayer service.

Parishioners at St Pancras church in Ipswich gathered for its monthly lunch in the parish hall on December 14 and enjoyed a gourmet meal prepared by Charlotte and Rosa, reports Fr Joseph Welch. “As usual, around 20 people sat down to chat and to appreciate some wonderful cooking and, at the same time, to raise money for Mary’s Meals. Each month the Thursday Lunches are free to all comers but donations are invited and the parish usually raises about £100 to help feed children around the world who might not otherwise get to eat anything that day.”

Pictured above are parishioners enjoying lunch. Picture credit: Rosa Patten.

Parishioners from St Thomas of Canterbury in Woodbridge supported a Variety Concert in aid of ACN, under the auspices of Framlingham Churches Together reports Wendy Hardinge.

It was the idea of Catholic Deacon Mike Vipond and took place at St Clare’s in Framlingham. Several local musicians played saxophone, violin, piano and organ. There was also some singing and community singing and raised £400.

Catholics across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire are invited to join an ecumenical Worship & Prayer Service at Peterborough Cathedral, on New Year’s Eve, Sunday December 31, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Chair of Hope4Peterborough, Rev Brian Stocker from Bretton Baptist Church, is encouraging people to stop for an hour, come pray and worship over their city before they celebrate stepping into the New Year of 2024: “We are aiming towards bringing everyone together for one hour a year to celebrate God’s blessing over our city,” he said.

The service will be led by Rev Brian Henry of Wellspring Community Church. Rev Brian Stocker will be the speaker.