Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Service to remember lost loved ones

ABOUT 170 people attended a service to remember lost loved ones at St Mary?s Church in Henley. The Lights of Love Christmas event was organised by the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed and raised £820.

ABOUT 170 people attended a service to remember lost loved ones at St Mary?s Church in Henley. The Lights of Love Christmas event was organised by the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed and raised £820.

A joint welcome was given by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary?s, and hospice chaplain Rev Ken Blanton. This was followed by carols such as Once in Royal David?s City, Lights of Love and In the Bleak Midwinter.

The carols were led by the Tamesis chamber choir, from Reading. Members of community choir Nottakwire, from Sonning Common, were among the congregation. Readings were given by Stewart Marks, hospice director, and Karen Guy, head of clinical services.

The lighting of the altar candles was introduced by Rev Blanton and they were lit by Tracy Hancock, head of fund-raising for the charity, and Fearn Haynes, hospice fund-raiser for Sue Ryder. This was followed by a minute?s silence for reflection. A closing prayer and blessing was given by Mr Griffiths before a final carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

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