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Of course, Halloween is approaching before All Hallows Day, and over the last couple of years I’ve blogged a few different ideas that we’ve used in the Vicarage, and some that others have suggested to me. I had a poll where people owned up to whether they hide behind the sofa or not and I’ve put up a few pictures of alternative pumpkins. Last year I reflected that this sort-of-new-to-the-British festival is only going to get bigger, so we Christians need to have thought through our approach.

So this year we’ll be carving pumpkins and lighting our windows with a gospel message. We’ll have sweeties to hand out and ask the visitors to tell us jokes. Our youth group meet that night so they will be having some Light Party games and lots of sugared items. And we’ll be giving out gospel leaflets with all this too. The Good Book Company have three different ones available this year – a couple for primary school aged kids and one for teenagers. They’re 17p each at the most (discounts apply if you bulk buy). The Good Book Co also sell One Day Wonders, which has everything you need to run a Light Party (and one off events for Christmas and Easter too). Why not stock up now so you’re prepared for the inevitable rings at the doorbell?

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Well folks. It’s the time of year when people begin searching the internet for ‘Halloween Pumpkins’ and ending up here on my blog. We will be going about the All Hallows season a little differently this year, as the Vicar is planning a slightly alternative memorial service for those who’ve lost loved ones on 1st November.

Although we usually hold an annual service for people to remember those they’ve lost, this year we’re going to hold it on All Soul’s day itself. This is because local people have taken to lighting candles on top of the rather delapidated grave stones in our church yard. Although the effect is rather less glittering than that in the Polish graveyard shown in the photo.

We’ve been told this is a tradition in Poland and think that people from that community have been coming to remember the departed at our church. So the Vicar has invited a Polish friend to come and say some prayers in Polish and translate the service, so we can cater for anyone who’s around. We have no idea how many will come, but it will be good to serve anyone who is grieving or remembering that evening.

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