The Autumn always seems busy at the Chapel! As soon as the children go back to school, Splash re-commences each Wednesday morning and a dozen or more of our youngest villagers gather together to have fun, sing songs and listen to stories. And you don't have to be very young to join in having fun – just ask the mums, and the aunties and the Grannies – or just look at their faces! Pop into Chapel on a Wednesday morning – you'll be amazed!
The older folk also have fun (although perhaps less vigorously!) at Women's Fellowship on Wednesday afternoon, at soup lunch on alternate Thursday lunchtimes, at Knit & Natter every Thursday afternoon and at Saturday Coffee every Saturday morning. Opportunities to meet friends and acquaintances, to share news and to enjoy reminiscences are really important. We at Chapel take our role in the village – "The Church on the High Street" – very seriously and we really believe that, since we are geographically central, we need to play a central part in the lives of the villagers, also.
The season of Harvest meant not only the Harvest Festival Services but also the Harvest Supper – an evening shared between St Andrew's, St Peter's and Tarvin Methodist Church: a robust meal, followed by an equally robust session singing all the old favourites amongst the Harvest hymns. Celebrations such as this are always better when they are shared with others with whom we share a common purpose – to give thanks to the Lord God for his bounty.
The first Saturday in November is always the day of the Chapel's Craft Fair. This year, that is on Saturday, 5th November, and it runs between 11am and 3pm. Whatever the weather outside, there will be a warm welcome inside for folk who feel like doing a little anticipatory Christmas shopping from the dozen or so stalls, all selling entirely hand-made items. The range will be vast and the quality undoubtable! At the same time, TMC will be selling teas, coffees, cakes and, of course, their famous Bacon Butties. The cafe will be in full swing, providing opportunity to meet relatives and friends – or just to take a welcome break from the search for the ideal gift for Aunt Jemima!
And then, very soon, Christmas will be upon us. The Christmas season in Tarvin begins with the Street Market on the first Saturday in December, 3rd December. The High Street closed off, stalls stretching the length of the street, music filling the air and most of Tarvin's population out enjoying themselves! What a night! Somewhere in the Chapel building, the youngsters will find a seasonal favourite waiting to talk to them and we will also be running a café to serve teas, coffees and mince pies, enabling people to get warm and (should they wish it) to use the loo! Here is yet another opportunity for the Church on the High Street to show how central to activities and useful it can be!
And then the Christmas festival starts with the Carol Service led by the Salvation Army Band. This is an event worth putting into your diaries – 7.30pm on Thursday, 8th December. What an evening it will be – a traditional introduction to a Tarvin Christmas, with hot drinks and mince pies to follow! Do come if you can.!