As honorary Editor of InSpire – the magazine of St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead – my role requires me to commission the writing of articles, abridge longer reports, and decide on the layout of the pages.
For this latest Autumn 2013 edition, I made the (brave!) decision to move to InDesign, having used Apple’s Pages application since I took over the editorship in 2010. InDesign has a great deal more functionality and power than Pages, but it is far less intuitive for the first-time user.
Keep reading to watch a video of congregation members promoting St Luke’s 2012 Christmas Tree Festival.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s, which saw the church filled with over thirty real Norwegian spruces, preparations for this year’s repeat event are under way.
The festival offers local businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor and decorate a tree, and welcomes families to look around all weekend.
To raise awareness of the Christmas Tree Festival, now just two weeks away, hardy congregation members gathered in a drizzly Maidenhead High Street this afternoon, armed with tinsel and donning Father Christmas hats.
Following successful trips to Belgium in 2004, France in 2006, the Netherlands in 2008, and Yorkshire in 2010, this morning 42 St Luke’s congregation members and their friends arrived at church to begin the 2012 three-day trip to Norfolk and the Broads. Unlike previous May bank-holiday weekend trips, which were organised in association with a third-party travel company, for this one Dad took on the role of ‘tour manager’, organising everything from the initial promotional flyer to the booking of transport, the hotel, and the day excursions. Once we’d parked on the rather appropriately named Norfolk Road, Dad’s first job of the day was to count everyone onto the Lianne coach (to be driven by Michael Poynter, the husband of trip attendee Helen), and make a phone call to the one person found to be not present by the count. After finally getting through, it transpired that the lady concerned had simply overslept, and within 20 minutes she was on-board and we were ready to go.