Parish Magazine for April 2013

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Beth and James Smith on the safe arrival of Sophia Elizabeth born on 15th February at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, weighing in at 7lb 8½oz. First grandchild for Julie and Chris Wall of Rockhill Mill. We look forward to Sophia's baptism in the near future.

Peter Jones

We were all sorry to learn of the death of Peter, who was a former Churchwarden at our neighbouring parish of St James, Greete. We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family at this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Pre AGM Meeting

The Pre AGM was held on Monday 11th February at The Cottage, Whitton, by kind invitation of Chris and Ann Kemp. The Rev Claire Lording opened the meeting with prayers. The following reports were presented to the members - the accounts, gift aid and Churchwardens, there were no questions.

Chris and Ann were thanked for their hospitality.

Mothering Sunday

On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, some 50 adults and children gathered inside a warm St Mary's Church for our service to celebrate Mothering Sunday (also known as Refreshment Sunday). The service was led by Kath Bills who made it a perfect family service for both adults and children. Sophie and Amanda Cavenagh read passages from the bible beautifully and I understand that this was the first time that Amanda had read in Church.

These readings were followed by the Affirmation of Faith (The Creed) sung to the tune of Love Divine with much feeling and emotion. The prayers were conducted by Joseph Wall.

During the final hymn the collection was taken by Sam Shakespeare ably assisted by his father Mark and Chris Kemp. The service ended with Kath Bills giving a prayer of thanksgiving for the posies before their being presented to the ladies of the congregation by Maisie Wall, Amanda Cavenagh, Katie Shakespeare and Matilda Wall.

We all then partook of delicious Simnel Cake and Sponge Sandwich provided by Kath and coffee and soft drinks provided by Topsy Easteal. Special thanks to Kath for all the hard work that she put into organising the lovely service, the children for their participation, Tony Easteal for stepping into the breach to read, Pat Dunn for the window displays, to Mary Hyslop-Winn, Ann Kemp, Anne Jenkins, Topsy Easteal and Rose Edwards for making the posies, to our organist Don Hearn and finally to everyone who came and supported this special service on this special day.

Church Roof/services

It is hoped that work will commence in late spring on the church roof. During these repairs services will be held in different locations, details of venues will be published on the service page on the back of the parish magazine and also on the church notice boards in the church porch and at the bottom of the church steps. If in doubt please contact your churchwardens. More information will be published in the May magazine.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. February 9th Don Hearn
  2. February 16th Michael Holmes
  3. February 23rd Chris and Ann Kemp
  4. March 2nd Barry and Mary Winn
  5. March 9th Mac and Sally McGuinness

Cleaning and Flower Rota

Kath Bills and Aileen Hood

A thought to ponder on!

When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

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