Garden Makeover

December 26, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Garden 1Garden 2Our garden has been looking increasingly desert-like over the past two years and a decision was made to get it looked at and go ahead with a makeover that will involve putting some irrigation pipes in, removing some of the shrubby trees to the borders and putting some grass that can face the hot summer temperatures. We look forward to seeing the results and having a garden party when it is finished. I am glad they weren’t working on it on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day

December 25, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Christmas 1Both the midnight Christmas Eve Communion and the two Family Communion Services at Awali (10am) and the Cathedral (10.30am) were well attended and at the Cathedral we had several officers from HMS Kent, in Bahrain for Christmas, who were delighted to join us. At 9.30am I had a call from Nader Bardastani from the Christmas 2Hussaini Processions who each year present a bunch of flowers on Christmas Day as a sign of respect and hospitality. It is a very gracious gesture and I wonder how I should reciprocate.

Afterwards we joined the Axtell family for their Christmas meal and had a very relaxing afternoon eating a wonderful dinner prepared in three homes and playing games.


Christingle Service

December 24, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Christingle 1The Alun Morris Hall never strikes me as a very attractive setting for worship, but it is amazing how it can be transformed for the Christmas Eve Christingle service. Christingle 2We put a cross-shaped table in the centre with candles outlining the cross and make concentric circles around it. With the hall full, there is a wonderful sense of community and this year there was a quieter attentive stillness than I remember from previous years and slipping in towards the end of the service was Yusuf Bu Zaboun President of The Bahrain Society for Tolerance and Religious Co-existence. Christingle 3I always keep an eye out for what St Paul’s Arts and Media from Auckland, New Zealand produce on youtube and showed their Star News report from Bethlehem. An Unexpected Christmas I will hold back till Christmas morning.

Christingle Workshop

December 23, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Christingle Workshop 1One of the most enjoyable preparations of Christmas is the Christingle workshop and with a good number of children and adullts involved it only took just over the hour. We were grateful for both candles and sweets that were brought from the UK by John and Judy Axtell. Christingle Workshop 2The photo of the group with the finished Christingles made the Gulf Daily News the following day with mention of the Christingle service, a helpful bit of publicity.

Staff Christmas Party

December 21, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Staff Christmas Party 1Sadly both Stephen and Jon were down with nasty sore throat/flu like symptoms but the rest of the staff headed for the new Lanterns in Juffair for a Staff Christmas lunch. Hannah and Philippa, our younger daughters were with us and so joined us. We enjoyed an excellent meal and large quantities were taken away at the end of the meal.

Staff_Christmas_Party_1Kalam, Kumar and Francis did a great impersonation of See no evil; speak no evil and hear no evil.