Archive for November 28th, 2012

Light up a Life Nov 28th

November 28, 2012

This evening we went to a carol service at St. George’s Church in Waterlooville that was held on behalf of Naomi House & jacksplace hospices.

After the welcome from Father Mike Sheffield, there was an introduction by Trecia Aspey and then, during the lighting of a large candle, I read a candle prayer that had been written by a past vicar of St. John’s Church in Purbrook.

The congregation then sang O Little Town of Bethlehem, before the choir from Purbrook Infant School sang three carols.

A poem, “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me”, by Tamara Moir was then read, following which the Downland Singers performed three festive songs.

Father mike’s Address was followed by the congregation singing Lord of the Dance, before “My First Christmas in Heaven” was read by Mary Ramsay from the Solent Community Group.

Julie Bolton then sang “You Raise Me Up”, after which candles were lit and the Downland Singers combined with Purbrook Infant School to sing “Away in a Manger”.

The evening concluded with “O Come All Ye Faithful” and a final blessing by Father Mike.

Oaklands School Nov 28th

November 28, 2012

This afternoon Elaine & I, together with Councillor Leah Turner, visited the Religious Education department at Oaklands RC School in Waterlooville.

We were met by Mugeni Sumba, one of the teachers, and introduced to some of his students.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss some aspects of the projected Memorial Against Hatred and Intolerance that will be created at the school now that the target of collecting a million buttons has been achieved and, indeed, surpassed.

The Memorial is intended to focus attention on the various genocides that have taken place, and are still taking place, across the world.

Having visited Auschwitz in 2009, I was able to take along a disc of photographs which I took at the time. Councillor Turner spoke of her visit to the Yad Vashem holocaust research centre in Israel.

We had a very interesting discussion with the students, featuring not just the Holocaust of the Second World War, but also more recent events such as the atrocities in various parts of the African continent and the conflict in areas of Eastern Europe, such as Bosnia and Yugoslavia.