Carol has contributed so much whilst she and Rob have ministered to us over the past 8 years, and CAMEO has been just one of her Projects. Many of us are very thankful for Come And Meet Each Other. I hope I can
do Carol justice in this article about CAMEO, which epitomises her faith, care for others, and talents, providing Outreach to the community.
A few years ago, Carol had the idea of providing a simple, welcoming Church Service, with the opportunity for people to stay afterwards and enjoy a home-made Afternoon Tea and Get Together. This would provide
not only an Afternoon Church Service for all, but a possibility to reach out to those who may find a Morning Service difficult to get to. She wanted to welcome folk who perhaps had not been to Church before,somewhere we could bring a friend to, who may want to ‘dip their toe in the water’, also a place where Carers and the “cared-for” would feel comfortable, at a more
relaxed time of day.
Carol approached a number of people to be Kitchen Lead, more to bake scones and cakes, and Teams to help in the Kitchen and make sandwiches. She built up another Rota of those willing to lead a short Service, with usually Barri Dodgson playing the Organ, and volunteers in reserve.
The first CAMEO was held in March 2016. We meet on the 4th Sunday in the month, with the Service at 3.30, followed by Afternoon Tea. The Kitchen Team come in earlier to lay tables, make sandwiches, and put out cakes and scones. The same team later wait on at Tables, clear and wash up.
The short Service comprises delightful Organ Music, well-loved Hymns, Prayer and a Talk. Sometimes the Service may focus on the Seasons, Celebrations, Festivals, personal Stories, and of course the Church
Calendar, all reflecting God’s love for us, and reaching out to everyone.
The Afternoon Tea is equally important:- beautifully-laid tables, China tea pots and traditional cake stands. The sandwiches are freshly made (who will forget our lovely Jo Brown there buttering the bread ?), delicious scones, fruit loaf and cakes. All are beautifully presented, and
being “Home Made” is paramount.
Carol has set us a very high standard, being such a good cook, and she
usually did some of the baking herself – bringing extras ‘just in case’!
For Carol, the Tea Party is such an important part of the afternoon, where folk can meet, sit and chat, and above all relax in company that they may
not have at any other time.
Thank you Carol for this legacy, which we shall nurture, and we pray that eventually we shall be able to welcome everyone back to Come And Meet Each Other — but we shall miss you.