On Wednesday, Dec. 5 the Church of St Paul hosted an appreciation luncheon for all the people who work countless hours running the Thrift Store, the Flea Market and the Annex.                                Photo by Laura-Ann Farquharson

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 the Church of St Paul hosted an appreciation luncheon for all the people who work countless hours running the Thrift Store, the Flea Market and the Annex. Photo by Laura-Ann Farquharson

What’s up for Christmas at the Church of St Paul in Barriere

Last Sunday was the first day of Advent, that time of year when we wait for the arrival of the Baby Jesus. It is a busy time of year for everyone and the fine folks at the Church of St Paul are not exception.

The season began in November with our very successful Christmas Flea Market. Thank you to one and all that turned out to buy our thrifty items. The funds raised came in the nick of time because on the last day of the sale our hot water tank died. Thanks to Robert and Randy Strachan for the quick work on replacing it. Thank goodness Barriere Timber Mart had the perfect tank in stock. The fellows were so quick we only had to manage without water for a couple of hours.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 we hosted an appreciation luncheon for all the fine ladies and gentlemen that work countless hours running the Thrift Store, the Flea Market and the Annex. Quite unbeknown to me, Dec. 5 is International Volunteer Appreciation Day as designated by the UN. It was just a lucky coincidence that we picked that day. Twenty-six folks sat down to dinner followed by dessert and a small gift as a token of our appreciation.

By the time you read this we will have hosted our annual Cowboy Church with Butch Falk and Gordie West but you still have an opportunity to attend our annual Community Carol Sing. It will be held at the Church of St Paul on Barriere Town Road on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. We sing a variety of Christmas songs including ones about Santa and his reindeer as well as those favourite hymns and carols. Of course, there will be a time for goodies and refreshments following the singing.

Both the Cowboy Church and the Carol Sing are those community social events that are what is best about living in a small town…an opportunity to visit with old friends.

Christmas Eve Service will happen on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Hope to see you there.