We are a group of people who enjoy making the church look bright and festive. There are over a dozen of us who, on a weekly rota, arrange a pedestal of fresh flowers at the front of church ready for Sunday. When arranging flowers, we remain mindful of the church calendar and season.
For example, on Remembrance Sunday we arrange a display of red poppies; St George's Day we use red and white flowers and Gallipoli Sunday sees a display of red and yellow blooms.
Three times a year; Easter, Harvest and Christmas we decorate the twelve windowsills in church. Palm Sunday sees a striking display of exotic palms.
For Harvest we adopt a warm colourful theme using autumn colours of oranges, yellows and reds. We also have a large exotic display of fruit and vegetables.
Also at Easter and Harvest we hold a workshop on a Saturday morning when members of the congregation can come and learn how to arrange a basket of flowers. These are then displayed in church on the Sunday and are then taken out during the week by members of the congregation to the homes of our sick and elderly members of the church. There are usually about 80 baskets made.
Christmas arrangements usually incorporate candles, which are lit for the Carol services during the week leading up to Christmas and on our Christmas Eve midnight Communion service and Christmas Day.
On Mothering Sunday, we make small floral gifts and distribute them during the three Sunday services to all the women in the congregation. We usually make about 280.
In addition to all the above we regularly arrange flowers for weddings, which can be booked through the Rector on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 8pm in the vestry.
For a donation, we will be happy to arrange a basket of flowers on the Memorial Table for anyone who wishes to remember a friend or relative whose name is in the Memorial Book. Cheques should be made payable to Bury Parish Church and sent for the attention of Gloria Wardle at The Parish Office, The Rectory, Tithebarn St. Bury, Lancs, BL9 0JR. For further information, please contact Gloria on: 0161 797 2327