In Review - The Gathering
Over 120 people gathered at Christ Church on 10 December for The Gathering. The worship area had been transformed with dining tables, atmospheric lighting and Christmas decorations for what turned out to be a fun and meaningful evening.
Between conversation points introduced by our vicar, Tim Lomax, we were served a fabulous three-course meal, served by efficient and smart waiters, some bearing more than a passing resemblance to scruffs we see week by week!
Following the meal, Tim led a most interesting and moving interview with our own Robin Oake MBE about his time in the police force. Robin spoke with passion and conviction about his faith and challenges starting as a cadet through to his retirement and on to his current role working with the Order of St John (the parent organisation of the better known St John Ambulance).
It was impossible not to be moved by his obviously painful recounting of the high-profile murder of his son, Steve Oake while performing his duties as a Special Branch officer apprehending a terrorist suspect.
The interview concluded in Desert Island Disc style with Robin asked about his favourite carol. His choice was unusual, being "I cannot tell why he whom angels worship", to the well-known tune of Londonderry Air, otherwise known as O Danny Boy.
A short cabaret followed, including the full rendition of the tale of Cinderella. Casting was… interesting, delivery rather dry, the effect hilarious.
The evening concluded as we sang together a few seasonal songs and Christmas Carols.
Once again, The Gathering was a great success due to the hard work of a very dedicated team of caterers and servers. Miraculously, the church was returned to its normal layout before midnight ready for services the following morning.