This morning a small group of us met to plan the first ever Dibley Churches joint Christmas Carol Event. Not the first ever joint carol serivce - years ago there was one but it died the death - but the first of the new-style extended events, based on what my lot did last year. It was a great meeting, and 'A Cracking Christmas' will take place in Dibley on Sunday 17th December.
We will begin with a free tea for anything up to 100 wrinklies - two lunch clubs and three congregations worth - and then have a carol service which will include music from an Anglican organist, a Methodist worship group and an ad-hoc choir, three sketches, two poems, half a dozen Bible readings, a mini-talk by me and the distribution of a light bulb to everyone who attends (if you're a Baptist check out the latest BUGB magazine to see where we pinched this idea from; light bulbs can be bought in Sainsbury's (and I'm sure elsewhere) for 8p each!). In parallel to the service there will crafts for children. Afterwards there will be mince pies and drinks for - who knows, maybe 200 folk?
This is exciting and demanding, but it should be a crackin' good event.