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COMMUNITY HARVEST LUNCH Sunday 1st October at 12.45pm. in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall

This will be hosted by St. Ippolyts Parish Councillors and will include a three-course meal followed by coffee or tea.  If you would like to drink wine with your meal please bring your own with appropriate glasses.  Tickets are £5 adult, £3 children 5-11 years.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, from Pam Skeggs, Barbara Thomas (tel. 01462-421647) or St. Ippolyts Stores.

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NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL - Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December

We will once again be starting the Christmas season with our wonderful Crib Festival.

Can you help?  Do you have a crib set that we can borrow?  It doesn't have to be shiny and glamorous, the battered family treasures often have a fascinating "story"

to tell.  Could you put up posters in one of the surrounding villages or hand out flyers at a group you attend?

As usual "sign-up sheets" for cakes and help to man the event will be up at the back of the church nearer the time so keep your eyes open!  Most importantly the best way of advertising this is by people spreading the word.  So if you think that it is as lovely as we do, tell everyone!  Many thanks.

     Barbara Thomas

     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01462-421647

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THE BISHOP’S HARVEST APPEAL 2017

This year’s Harvest Appeal is called Full of Beans.  Money raised will support a community programme offered by the church which is transforming the lives of families living in the Tingalayan Mountains of the Philippines.  They have discovered that the soil there is perfect for growing high quality beans.  With a good harvest of beans families are able to eat healthily and also produce a surplus to sell.

If you would like to support this year’s appeal cheques made payable to St. Albans DBF can be sent to The Bishop of St. Albans Harvest Appeal 2017, c/o Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St. Albans AL1 1HE.   Donations can also be made via

the website www.stalbans.anglican.org.

                                Information taken from The Diocese of St. Albans website

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal, from Arthur Sibun

As you are all aware, we have supported Operation Christmas Child as a Benefice for quite a few years now.  So this year our vicar, Ginni, thought that it would be good to support another, different charity that operates a similar scheme sending boxes to Romania, Moldova, The Ukraine and Bulgaria.  As a result of this, our boxes this year will be going to ‘Linked to Hope’ which is a Christian charity based in Sussex.

As usual the concept is very similar.  To fill a box you will of course need an empty shoebox (size 8 or similar), an instruction leaflet and some gifts.  Empty boxes and leaflets will be available in church or from Christine and Arthur Sibun (tel: 01462-459145), but if you already have your own box, even better!  Completed boxes should be returned to church as usual and we will arrange for their onward transportation.  (More details to follow next month).

All that you need to do is to follow the instructions on the leaflet.  However, there are one or two differences in the way that Linked to Hope does things, so please read the leaflet carefully before you start.  You will be very pleased to learn that you no longer have to cover the lid and the box separately with gift wrap, but you just have to wrap up the finished closed box (like a Christmas present) after you have filled it.

The really big difference this year though is that, rather than being for a

child (of a particular age) the boxes are either for a family or for an elderly person.  This is all explained in the leaflet (and means that if you do one for

a family, it can still have all of the usual children’s things in it).  There is a contents box to tick, which gives guidelines of what can go into your box.  This is then attached to the outside of the box to give the organisers an idea of what’s inside and where they can best send it.

           Please help us if you can.

                                                                                                Arthur Sibun

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Horse Blessing Service

Thanks to Robert Halliday there are now even more photos of our Horse Blessing Service in our web site gallery. Go to page two of the gallery to see them.

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