Parish Magazine for May 2010

Pencil sketch by W A Green


On Friday 26th March Joseph Wall (aged 10) attended the Hereford Music Festival held at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. Joseph was entered in the piano class with eleven other children ranging from age 10-14 years. Joseph played The Entertainer by Scott Joplin and won first prize gaining 88 points and receiving a distinction and the gold medal. Well done Joseph - 'a star in the making'.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

go to Richard and Georgina Wozencroft on the safe arrival of Florence Olivia born on 10th April weighing in at 7lbs 11oz, a granddaughter for Lyn and David of The White House.

Mothering Sunday

A very friendly joint service with our neighbours from Greete and visitors from Hope Bagot, was led by Kath Bills. Greete members George Huntbach, Jean Wall and John Davies led the readings and the prayers were led by Clare and Sophie Cavenagh, Lewis and Alice Boland and a friend of Sophie, they were brought to a conclusion by Topsy Easteal. Every lady in the congregation received a beautiful posy of spring flowers made by ladies from Greete and Whitton and distributed by the children. The morning concluded with coffee, squash, biscuits and a delicious simnel cake baked and decorated by Kath. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to a lovely service.

Annual PCC meeting

This was held in church on March 22nd chaired by Rev Claire Lording with Rev Chris Moore in attendance. Both of our Churchwardens Michael Holmes and Tony Easteal were re-elected. The Electoral Roll was presented by Clare Cavenagh with 68 people on the roll. The Annual Report and Accounts and Gift Aid Report were presented and adopted. Mr David Clent, our accounts examiner, is happy to continue next year, our thanks will be sent to him.

The Team Report was read by the chairman and copies handed out to each PCC member. Two of our PCC members retired, Alan Wozencroft after seven years and Anne Jenkins one year as a PCC member and five years as secretary. The chairman thanked Alan and Anne for all their hard work and commitment over the years which was applauded by the PCC. Stewart McGuinness was re-elected as treasurer and Topsy Easteal agreed to take on the secretary's job for a year, with hopefully someone else taking over the following year. Topsy continues as Gift Aid Officer. Kath Bills, Michael Holmes and Tony Easteal continue as Deanery Synod Reps. Tony Easteal was re-elected as Vice Chairman of the PCC. Sidesmen are Michael Jenkins, Richard Tompkins, Sam Edwards and Rose Edwards. Other PCC members are Mary Hyslop-Winn, Aileen Hood, Sally Thompson, Dr N Foster and Bill Nield. We are now two PCC members short, so if you feel you would like to be part of this important group please contact either Michael or Tony.

We are awaiting the results of our Quinquennial inspection which took place at the beginning of March and hope that nothing too serious comes up.

Compline and Meditation

On the Monday in Holy Week, seventeen of us gathered at St Mary's for a candlelit service of Meditation, followed by Compline. We all sat in the choir stalls overlooking a cross of candles in the centre of the chancel floor. Kath Bills led us in three meditations on the themes of God's presence in all creation, using our senses to express the presence of God within us, and the blessing of the peace of Christ. The meditations were followed by music and time for silent contemplation following which Peter Mason led us in the Service of Compline. We all departed in silence. A most moving and reflective service

Easter Day

On a beautiful morning in a wonderful spring setting with the daffodils and primroses in abundance, an excellent congregation of forty-four, including six children, attended for our 11.30am service to celebrate 'Christ is Risen'. Alleluia! The church decorations looked absolutely stunning. The service was jointly taken by Rev Claire Lording and Rev Chris Moore. At the beginning of the service Claire invited Tony and Topsy's grandchildren William and Isobel to light the Easter Candle. Claire preached an excellent sermon which gave us all 'food for thought'. The elements were taken to the altar by Sophie and Amanda Cavenagh, Maisie Wall and Jack Edwards, followed by Isobel Easteal with the basket of Easter Eggs.

After the service Linda Drew very kindly provided us all with Sherry and nibbles and Rev Chris handed out the Easter Eggs. Special thanks to the Clergy, all those who decorated the church, Linda for the refreshments, Kath Bills who provided the Easter Eggs and also to Don Hearn for playing the organ (Don's second service of the day). A wonderful morning of fellowship.

Daffodil Daze

Unfortunately the daffodils decided to come out at the wrong time, especially for those people who would be available to man the church for daffodil weekend. At the PCC meeting on 22/03/10 it was anticipated that they would be at their best on the Easter weekend and it was decided not to hold the event because most of our volunteers had commitments over the holiday period. As I write (12/04/10) they have started to go over, especially on the east end of the church. Nevertheless we have still had a steady stream of visitors from far and wide, a group of people came from Halesowen for the tenth year and still enjoy their visit to our church. Their timing was excellent as several of us were there and they were provided with scones and tea courtesy of Oli. Thank you Oli.

Christian Aid Week

Michael will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid Week, 9-15 May. Watch out for the red and white envelopes, cross the box for gift aid and support the vital work, which aims to provide hope, health and a chance of a decent life to the world's poorest communities, whatever their race or religion, with your usual generous contributions.

Pop at Parkside

Please don't forget our outdoor concert with Roger Brown and No Agender at Parkside on Sunday 6th June. More details next month.

Preaching Cross Service

Please note this service will now be held on the fourth Sunday in July. At the March PCC meeting it was agreed to change to July as our neighbouring parish, Greete, have Open Gardens on 27th June.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 13th Bev Huntbach
  2. March 20th Penny Smith
  3. March 27th Topsy and Tony Easteal
  4. April 3rd Sally Thompson
  5. April 10th Edie Rhoden

Prayer for Ascension

Eternal and gracious God, we believe your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to have ascended with triumph into your kingdom in heaven; may we also in heart and mind ascend to where he is, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. — Amen

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