Stir-Up Sunday at South Wigston

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Stir-Up at South Wigston

South Wigston Methodist Church made Christmas puddings on Sunday morning on 26 November, in a service which celebrated Stir-up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent. The name 'stir-up Sunday', was taken because a traditional collect (prayer) for that Sunday (dating from 1549!) calls on God to 'stir up the wills of your faithful people that they, richly bearing the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded'. The analogy between stirring up good works and literally stirring up the fruits of the earth has been hard to resist ever since!

Three tables of adults and children, each put together a Christmas pudding, as they learnt about the traditions of the Sunday before Advent, also called Christ the King Sunday, and discussed ways that the people of South Wigston Methodist Church could "stir up one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10.24 ESV). These practical ideas for community service and sharing good news will be taken to the church's stewards and leadership team.

The Christmas puddings were each taken home by a church member, properly steamed and will be dessert at the church's Christmas meal, held at the end of January (!) to avoid over indulging in December festivities and a fun event to anticipate as a way of tackling winter blues. The local worship team at South Wigston uses a café church model of tables, chairs and informality and every fourth Sunday of the month develops the morning service, 10:15am.

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