Parish Magazine for May 2012

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Mothering Sunday

Many thanks to the people of St James, Greete, for their wonderful hospitality following our joint Mothering Sunday service. It was a joyful and uplifting service, taken by Rev Claire Lording.

Brain of Whitton Quiz

The Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall was almost full for the Brain of Whitton Quiz held on Friday 23rd March. The quiz was organised by Stewart McGuinness and the score was kept by his wife Sally. At half time the teams enjoyed a delicious hot supper followed by a selection of puddings. Jean Wall ran the draw which raised £70. The winning team was God Only Nose – Aileen Hood, John and Pauline Atkinson – well done to them. They were presented with the winner's trophy by Stewart McGuinness. The evening raised £225 including the draw. Many thanks to Mac and those who provided, cooked and served the food and donated the draw prizes. A good evening.

Daffodil Daze

We were pleased to welcome a steady number of visitors on the three days and were blessed with glorious weather apart from a shower on the first Saturday. It was a joy to meet to many appreciative and lovely people from all over the country, in this instance so enthusiastic to see the wonderful array not only of daffodils but this year primroses, violets and wood anemones, also our Burne-Jones/William Morris window. Some of the people made a return visit after ten years, others came twice! and returned with friends on the second occasion, and a number stayed for several hours just chatting. We feel the event was a resounding success. Many thanks to all who contributed or helped in any way, particularly those who made and donated items for the various stalls, those who spent many hours on their feet serving the teas and the stewards who made people feel so welcome. The event raised over £600, very many thanks to the generous people who visited St Mary's.

Annual PCC Meeting

The AGM was held in church on Monday 26th March and was well attended, including five members of the public. Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by Rev Claire Lording for their services during the past year. The Electoral Roll was presented by Clare Cavenagh with 69 people on the roll. The Annual Report and Accounts were presented and adopted. Grateful thanks to our accounts examiner Mr David Clent. The Team Report was circulated to those present. The following were elected for the coming year: Vice Chairman Tony Easteal, Secretary Mrs Topsy Easteal, Treasurer Stewart McGuinness, Gift Aid Officer Mrs Topsy Easteal, Electoral Roll Officer Clare Cavenagh, Sidesmen Rose Edwards, Sam Edwards, Mike Jenkins and Chris Kemp, Deanery Synod Reps Kath Bills, Tony Easteal and Michael Holmes. Other members are: Aileen Hood, Mary Hyslop-Winn and Bill Nield. Sally Thompson gave notice that she wished to stand down as a member. Sally has very kindly agreed to continue as Web Master and running the 49 Club. Thank you Sally for your commitment and contribution over the years. It has been greatly appreciated.

Compline and Meditation

On the Tuesday in Holy Week, a number 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 ‘V’ of candles in the centre of the chancel floor. Kath Bills led us in three meditations on the themes Christian unity, joy and sorrow, and faith. The meditations were followed by music and time for silent contemplation following which Michael Holmes led us in the Service of Compline. We all departed in silence. A most moving and reflective service.

Easter Day

Rev Sian Harris was unable to officiate, due to Sian's mother's sudden health worries, at our Easter Day 11.30am Holy Communion Service. Kath Bills very kindly stepped into the breach at the 11th hour and took a lovely service of Morning Prayer to celebrate “ Christ is Risen”. Alleluia! The church decorations looked absolutely stunning. Special thanks to Kath, to the ladies who decorated the church, Anne Jenkins for the refreshments and to her grandson Oliver for ringing the bell so well – a bell ringer in the making!! and also to Don Hearn who made a supreme effort to play our organ despite being in extreme pain. As always your efforts were greatly appreciated Don, hope you will soon be feeling better.

Christian Aid Week

Michael Holmes will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid Week, 13th-19th 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.

Jubilee Celebrations

Following the previous article about the Jubilee Celebrations a number of people have suggested we bring our own picnics. This would seem to be a good idea and we would welcome any feedback you may have, along with any ideas about how things should go. If you are able to let us know by April 30th that would be great. — Mary Hyslop-Winn and Michael Holmes

Forthcoming events

Saturday 7th July

Concert in church with the Teme Spirit Choir. More details next month.

Sunday 22nd July

Service around the Preaching Cross which will include the dedication of a bench in memory of Dr Attlee. Please make a note of this important date.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 17th Pauline Deffley
  2. March 24th Jean Wall
  3. March 31st John and Janet Williams
  4. April 7th Mac and Sally McGuinness

Cleaning Rota May

Ann Kemp and Michael Holmes

Prayer for Christian Aid Week

Loving God, in Jesus you offer life to the world and love to its people. When we see life only for ourselves, forgive us. Help us to hear your transforming love speaking to us of respect, dignity and worth, telling us that we are loved and that we are to love one another. In the knowledge of this love, work through us to bring your justice to the world, this Christian Aid Week and beyond.

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