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Monday, 12 March 2018

Today is the 4th Sunday in Lent and thus Mothering Sunday.

Our Family service is normally the first Sunday in the month, but we swapped to today because of it being Mothering Sunday.

The address was done by Chris and Stephen from the Sunday School and we learnt about the origins and meanings of Mothering Sunday. Originally it predated Christianity as a homage to Mother Goddess and hailed the start of Spring. It then moved to the veneration of Mary, mother of God, then the Mother Church, then all mothers.

It was tied up with Refreshment Sunday a day when you were meant to go back to the church of your baptism. Later it was a day when you visited your family, especially for people in service.  Traditionally they went home with flowers and simnel cake. The flowers were wild and picked on the way home, the cake was made from the the stuff in the "big house" pantry that hadn't been used on Shrove Tuesday and meant to be consumed on Refreshment Sunday, but was usually saved until Easter and the marzipan balls were added to represent the disciples.

Where does the name Simnel come from?  It may be derived from the Latin for white flour, but there is also a tale of Simon and Nell who fell out over how to cook the cake, boiled or baked?

Our Gospel reading was of the Annunciation.  This is traditionally celebrated on 25th March, 9 months before Christmas Day, but this year 25th March is Palm Sunday, so we celebrate it today.

Mothering Sunday today is a celebration of the comfort we receive from our Mums, God, the Mother Church, Mary the mother of Christ, all those who care for children in whatever capacity.

Chris finished with a poem, "A Mother's Love".

There were beautiful posies handed out to all the ladies in the church by children from the Sunday School and junior choir, along with pieces of cake for Refreshment Sunday.

The junior choir also lead the choir in the anthem today, "What Wondrous Love Is This" after communion.

Sunday, 4 March 2018
Dr Lesley is away again, so no pictures I am afraid, but the snow had all gone by Sunday (thank goodness).

The gospel reading told of the anger of Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem.  He found it full of money changers and people selling sheep and cows for sacrifice.  He was justly angered at the way God's house had been turned into a market place.

Father Stephen echoed the gospel in his sermon  He told us that there are only 2 occasions in the New Testament when Jesus showed his anger, the first as in the gospel and the second when the pharisees refused to answer questions. Jesus is portrayed as being fully human, however he also exhibits his divinity.  It is normal to become angry in certain circumstances, but it would be wrong to think that Jesus' anger is born out of anything but love.  Anger can be a useful emotion, it is harmful to suppress it, but how it is expressed is important. Jesus is in control of his anger rather than the anger controlling him. St James' letter says that we should be quick to listen and slow to speak and anger.

Yesterday a Wine and Cheese evening with Silent Auction was held in the Church Hall. A good time was had by all and the magnificent sum of £868.15p was raised. 
Sunday, 25 February 2018
This morning on a bitterly cold sunny morning we met at 10 o'clock for a Eucharist service. In the Gospel for today, from St Mark, Jesus tell his Disciples that they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. Father Stephen discussed this in his sermon, telling us that Lenten discipline helps us to do exactly what Jesus tells us to do.
There was a communion hymn this morning instead of an anthem

There was coffee after the service.

The Silent Auction with cheese and wine is next Saturday, tickets available from the Church Wardens or on the door!

On Saturday the 24th of March at 6 pm there will be a performance of 'Olivet to Calvary' by J.H. Maunder. This Sacred Cantata covers the events of Holy Week, and we would like to invite singers to join the choir and take part. There will be a rehearsal  at 3:30 that afternoon, followed by Tea, £5 for singers, copies for rent £2:50. For the audience there will be a retiring collection. This enjoyable work is a good sing for anyone who sings regularly, so do
                                          COME and SING ( or listen!)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
This morning our service for the first Sunday in Lent was Mattins. The Canticles for Lent were the Venite, the Benedicite and the Jubilate Deo, and the set Psalm was Psalm 25. The Choir sang the Jubilate Deo in the setting by C.V. Stanford in B flat. The first reading, from Genesis, and the Gospel, from St Mark were explored in Father Stephen's short sermon. The story of God's promise to Noah after the flood and the sign of the rainbow, and the story of Jesus baptism in the river Jordan, call to mind the covenants God made in the Old Testament, and how Jesus in his life, death and Resurrection, fulfils all God's promises and gives us the way to Heaven. Good  to think about these things in Lent. The Choir sang 'Lord for thy Tender Mercies Sake' Words by Bull music by Farrant as the Anthem.
There was coffee after the service.

Don't forget to get your ticket for the silent Auction on 3rd of March, there will be cheese and wine provided to encourage your bidding!! In the Church Hall, tickets from the Church Wardens.

Our Ash Wednesday Service, a Eucharist and imposition of ashes, took place on a wet, cold and windy evening. Those who managed to get to the service through the terrible weather, were reminded that 'of dust you are made and to dust you will return' as the ashes were applied.
The Choir sang, 'Lord for thy tender mercies sake' words from J Bull's Christian prayers and holy meditations (1568) setting by Farrant. as the anthem.
 A lovely moving service for our start of Lent.
Monday, 12 February 2018
We met for our ten o'clock Eucharist on a bright sunny but cold winters morning. There was much discussion and praise for the Moroccan Dinner of the evening before and good news in the notices that we had also raised a good sum of money, which will go towards the finishing touches to the new Rooms.
The Church had beautiful flowers from a wedding during the week, especially appreciated as it tis Ash Wednesday next week, so our last flowers until Easter.
The Gospel for today, from St Mark, was the story of the Transfiguration. In his sermon Father Stephen spoke about the deep mystery of Christianity, at once a very down to earth faith, with Jesus coming to live among us and calling his disciples from working people, and at the same time this unfathomable mystery of God, made manifest. The symbolism of the Transfiguration, the appearance of Moses and Isaiah, the voice of God, all part of that more profound aspect of Christian faith. Father Stephen told us he had been a Christian all his life, and in Ministry for 30 years, and he felt he was not yet near understanding it all, but as he said The Adventure Goes On!

The Choir sang Ave Verum by Gounod as the anthem. There was coffee after the service in the new Rooms.

Our next 'Event' is a Cheese and Wine evening with a Silent Auction, on March the 3rd in the Church Hall, tickets from the Church Wardens.

I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all, and after the sale of dinner tickets, raffle and sale of the beautiful table decorations, we raised £610 for ongoing expenses in the Parish Room. The tables were looking splendid thanks to Ann Wade.

I would like to thank our lovely church wardens who were the last to leave (very late) after doing ALL the washing up and cleaning the kitchen.  How they made it to church Sunday morning I have no idea.

I am thinking a French Supper will be good for next year - so watch the Parish Magazine for details.

Hilary Platts (Chef)

Sunday, 4 February 2018
Our Family Eucharist this morning at 10 am was a celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also called Candlemas. We started the service in the new rooms, with prayers, the Gloria, a reading from Malachi, and the blessing and lighting of candles. Then we sang 'At the Name of Jesus' as we processed around the church entering through the North Door and moving to our places. We then heard the Gospel story of the Presentation from St Luke .
Having extinguished our candles we heard the story of Simeon, as told by  Mrs Field. This was followed by the intercessions read by Emily.
During the communion, Maggie, one of our young choristers sang a solo of the first verse of 'Morning has broken' from the organ loft as part of her dark blue ribbon. The Anthem 'When Mary to the temple went' by Eccard, was sung by the whole choir.

Following the service there was coffee in the new rooms.

Next Saturday is our Moroccan Supper, tickets from the Churchwardens, and on the 3rd of March we are having a Silent Auction, any suitable items for the auction? please inform the Church Wardens!

Sunday, 28 January 2018
The 10 am Eucharist was celebrated by Father Stephen. The Gospel reading was from St Mark, and told the story of Jesus teaching for the first time in the Synagogue in Nazareth. St Mark tells us that the people were amazed, because he taught with such authority. In his sermon Father Stephen discussed the season of  Epiphany, and how the readings, starting with the Three Wise Men and progressing through the baptismal story and the Wedding at Cana to this story of teaching with authority and expelling evil spirits all show us how Jesus coming was truly the coming of the Light, and the world was utterly changed by His presence.
During Communion the Choir sang 'The Lamb' by John Tavener, and choir and congregation sang a communion hymn.

There was coffee in the rooms after the service.
Next week will be Candlemas, and our service will start with a procession, with candles, from the New Rooms. Please enter the church first, and then assemble in the New Rooms, as directed by the sidespersons. (Weather allowing)

Tickets for the Moroccan Supper are available form the Church Wardens, and if you have any items for the silent auction on the 3rd of March, please also let the Church Wardens know.

The winter is in retreat, there are snow drops out in the Church Yard!

Sunday, 21 January 2018
Dr Lesley was away today, so no photo's I'm afraid.

Father Stephen's sermon was as follows:

At this time of the year it is usual to go to a performance of a pantomime or ballet.  Father Stephen remembered going to Coven Garden to see a production of the ballet "The Nutcracker".  The transformation scene had a huge impact on him, when the mice come out and the toys have their moment.  In particular, there was a Christmas tree and it grew and grew.  Quite an achievement of the production team.  However the Gospel reading today of the miracle in Cana of the turning of water into wine is not a magic trick but a transformation.  When Jesus chose his new disciples, they were not taken to a retreat or an intensive course over a few days, but to a lively wedding feast. Weddings at the time of Jesus would have lasted a week, with the guests going to their usual day job and returning to the celebration in the evening. It would have been a huge humiliation in society to run out of wine.  When Mary appeals to Jesus she gets "the brush off" from Jesus, but still tells the servants to do exactly as he says.  This begins Jesus' ministry, a miracle of social niceties rather than healing. The disciples saw the miracle and knew his glory.  The turning of water into wine prefigures the lavishness of the heavenly banquet and the generosity of God, to enrich lives and bring luxury into poverty.

In Christ, God makes all things new and perfects in us the image of his glory.

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Moroccan Dinner on 10th February from the Church wardens.  A few people have asked if the food will be spicy - yes, but in the way a mince pie at Christmas is spicy, not like a hot Indian curry.

Also don't forget the Silent Auction on the 3rd March and to volunteer now for the summer fete on 28th July.  Get the dates into your diary.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
This morning our 10 am was a Eucharist, and Father Stephen was the Celebrant. Unfortunately our Director of Music, Joanna, was unwell, but we were fortunate that Miss Beryl Rodd was available to play the Piano for the service.
The Gospel this morning was from St John, and described the call of Phillip and Nathaniel to be Disciples. Our Lord promises Nathaniel that he will see great wonders, Angels ascending and descending from Heaven. In his Sermon Father Stephen developed the theme of this poetic vision of the reconciliation of man with God that is achieved in Christ Jesus.This vision is sustaining for us in such difficult and fractious times.
We were joined by the Sunday School for the distribution of communion. After the service we had coffee in the Rooms.

Sunday, 7 January 2018
The first Sunday of the Year, and of the Month, our 10 am service was a family service. It also being the Feast of the Epiphany, we sang Carols associated with the arrival of the Magi, and the children and young people gave us a presentation about the story. Three youngsters took up the roles of the three camels who carried Caspar Melchior and Balthazar to see the Young Messiah. Although these names are traditional rather than biblical they, and their presents of Myrrh, Frankincense and Gold, represent the future of Jesus, who was a King, a Messiah and who's death on the cross is foreseen, in the gift of Myrrh used to prepare the dead for burial. The Narrator, in the Pulpit, Joseph Mary and the baby Jesus and the Kings themselves were all played by members of the Congregation, with a fine announcement from the Angel standing in the Organ loft, making a totally engaging story for everyone.
During the Offertory while we sang 'We three Kings of Orient are' Three Kings took up their gifts to the Altar.
After communion the Choir sang 'Nativity Carol' by John Rutter as the Anthem, and we closed our worship with the traditional,  'As with gladness men of Old'

There was coffee in the Rooms after the service.

Our next Social event will be a Moroccan Supper, once again Hillary and her Team will be producing a selection of delights, this time from North Africa. Tickets available from the Church Wardens, for this event on the 10th of February!
The Kings have arrived!!

Having Fun in Church!

Some Kings

More Kings

The Holy Family Receiving gifts!

Service Times

Services for the month are as follows:

First Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Mattins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Other services and variations are listed in the Calendar Section on this page or in the Parish Magazine

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