Many Christmas events coming up in Brookfield

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By Judy Matheson Brookfield Notebook

A perfect attendance record was recognized at Knox United Church service on Nov. 17.

From left, members of Knox United Church’s UCW Unit 3 include Betty Dickie, Betty Pratt, Edna Graham, Donna Matheson, Shirley Harrison and Evelyn Negus. Missing from the photo are Betty MacFarland, Mae Cook and Judy Matheson. Submitted photo

Donna Matheson has been a regular member of the United Church Women for the past 44 years. She has attended monthly meetings for 42 of those years without missing a meeting. She joined Unit 7 the “young group” in 1969 and moved with some members into a smaller Unit 3 in 1995.

Matheson’s dedication and attendance has been invaluable to UCW, having held the position of president for 10 years. She has also been instrumental in carrying out several projects including the Christmas home tours, which this year marks 18 years running.

Matheson also attends UCW rallies and the Maritime conference biennial meetings, as well as giving her attention to the local groups. The UCW and other women’s groups are a huge asset in the operation of the churches.

Perfect attendance now-a-days is underrated. Schools, Sunday schools, teams and many groups stopped recognizing it, because it was seen as unfair to the masses. Did our culture “throw the baby out with the bathwater?”

Does a perfect attendance record not speak of an exemplary work ethic, a stick- to-it mindset or true grit? Isn’t it showing dedication to the cause and knowing that attendance is crucial to groups or teams continuity and success? 

Some might remember the “prizes” awarded in elementary school for never missing a day and the certificates received in Sunday school to mark perfect attendance. Of course it isn’t always possible, but does that mean that those who make the mark shouldn’t be acknowledged?

Matheson’s record is remarkable! It has helped to make her group better, and as president Betty Pratt said in her presentation, “she is an inspiration to all.”

Matheson claims, that husband Gab says, “it is only because she doesn’t want to miss anything.” Whatever the reasons, it is a record to be proud of!

Christmas Advent events include the following:

The Brookfield Elementary School concert is Wednesday, Dec. 11. The public is invited to the afternoon concert at 1:15 pm. The evening concert at 6:30 p.m. is by ticket for family members.

The shopping spree on Friday, Dec. 13 offers the students the chance to buy gifts for family members at low costs. This is an exciting sale for the students, wrapping is included and volunteers are welcomed.

On Dec. 20, the students will attend a church service at Brookfield Baptist Church at 1 p.m.

Food for the Spirit concert, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, is an eagerly awaited annual show. The talents of the whole area are presented in support of this need. It is a spirited community venture, with the sharing of amazing talent and a chance to spread joy with others. It starts at 7 p.m. at Knox United Church and gifts of food or cash are welcomed for this worthy cause.

Christmas services: Brookfield Baptist Church will hold a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. There will be a Christmas Eve family service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Knox United Church will hold a family service at 6:30 p.m. and a Communion service at 10 p.m.

 Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at


Organizations: United Church Women, Brookfield Baptist Church, Knox United Church Brookfield Elementary School Colchester Food Bank

Geographic location: Brookfield

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