Bake and Pray

Once more, as Christmas approaches, it’s that time of year when we can all think about being involved in ‘Bake and Pray’ – now in its 16th year and still going strong! It is a simple way of blessing and thanking all our businesses on Harborne High Street, for their services to the community throughout the year.

It is surprising how many changes there have been over recent years.

Did you know that Harborne High Street has 165 shops and businesses? There are now 43 places to choose from for a drink or a snack..including anything from a quick coffee or a takeaway, to a sit down meal!

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The idea of bake and pray is to choose, and sign up for a shop or business (or more than one!), to bake or buy a cake or other goodies, and to pray for that shop. In the month of December, take along the cake/other goodies to the shop, and as you bring them Christmas greetings, you can use the opportunity to invite them along to the carol service… Aim to deliver your cake by December 9th.

This is something everyone can be involved in: as an individual, as a family, or even as a group venture. Maybe you might like to sign up for one of the new businesses….or maybe you would like the same place as last year! Do feel free to email me to reserve your shop, to avoid the disappointment of someone else getting in first!

Look out for the Bake and Pray table in the main hall between the morning services, and again after the evening service every Sunday from Nov 11th, where you will find me. You can sign up there, and pick up a card and carol service invitation card, to go with your cake, and some simple instructions. Feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have.

I know that many businesses look forward to their cake at Christmas, so let’s not disappoint them. Let’s together make a difference on our High Street this Christmas.

Jude Smith