NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL
Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December - 11.00am. - 5.00pm.
Once again we are holding our fabulous Nativity Crib Festival and once again we are looking for offers of help!
Do you have a crib we could borrow?
Do you attend a group or event where you could hand out flyers?
Could you help on the weekend? We have slots from 11.00am. - 1.00pm., 1.00pm. - 3.00pm. and 3.00pm. - 5.00pm. on both days.
Could you make a cake? We are looking for iced versions (they look so much more tempting) of the following:- Chocolate, Lemon, Coffee, Carrot and Ginger, preferably 8" round!!
QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 26th October at 7.30pm.
We are all set for another Quiz Night in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall. Join us for an evening of fun and an opportunity to tax your brains. Make up a team of 6 to 8 friends or family and enjoy a Ploughman’s Supper washed down with wine, beer or soft drinks from the bar. Doors open at 7.00pm. for a prompt 7.30pm. start. Tickets now on sale from
Jane Veasey (H.434254) or Mary Hooper (H.457350) at £10 per person.
FRIENDS OF ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH
We will be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday
6th October. It is essential that we have plenty of help to pack up the harvest gifts which will be taken to the Homeless Shelter in Grove Road, the Food Bank in Letchworth and a number of people who live in the parish. Please come to the church from 9.30am. till 11.00am. on Monday 7th October and lend a hand with this important task. Don’t leave it to the ‘faithful few’!
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 10.30am. for 11.00am. at Thistley House, Gosmore, home of Anne Steel.
Frances Williams, Carol Scott and Joan Pinkstone
NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS
OUR TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND - 14th to 23rd May 2019
There were 20 in our group and our leaders were Venerable Paul and Canon Liz Hughes and Tony Boon. The trip was advertised in Pax Magazine 6 months earlier and we decided to go. We all met at 6.30am. at Luton Airport for the Easy Jet flight to Tel Aviv where a coach met us for the 2 hour drive to Jerusalem. Our hotel, The Golden Walls Hotel, was just by the Golden Gate into the old City. Both old and new are bustling, noisy, chaotic and very busy and we walked everywhere in the city; through the narrow busy Souks to the Wailing Wall, along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Manger Square. Oh so busy!
Next day we drove to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane and looking over the old cemeteries to the panoramic view of the walled city, we could hardly believe we were there! Another day we went to Masada, a Roman Fortress built by Herod the Great and then on to the Dead Sea and a chance to float…...Frank tried it!
On Sunday at 6.00am. we walked through the Souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for a more peaceful walk around the church. The trip encompassed all the different aspects of the area, geographical, historical, political and especially the religious areas. We crossed into Palestinian territory where we celebrated Eucharist at The Fields of the Shepherds, in Bethlehem. A truly emotional experience, except for the electric fences and walls surrounding us.
Next day we travelled through the Judean Wilderness to Jericho and to the banks of the River Jordan where we renewed our Baptismal Vows and had Eucharist. Then on to the Ron Beach Hotel by the Sea of Galilee for the rest of our trip, visiting Nazareth, Mount Tabor and The Basilica of the Annunciation and the area of Jesus’ ministry. On the way back to the airport we stopped at the remains of the Roman city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great with a magnificent Amphitheatre and Circus. The trip was very uplifting tinged with sad sights of the walls and electric fences, cutting off the Palestinians from selected areas. Certainly a trip we will never forget.
Sheila and Frank Harding
THE JUBILATE! CHOIR
The JUBILATE! Choir, directed by John Edwards, will be performing a concert of carols and Christmas music on the afternoon of Sunday 8th December at 2.30pm. in St. Ippolyts Church. Tickets can be purchased on the door for £6.00 which will include teatime refreshments following the concert.
WYMONDLEY GARDEN CLUB
On Monday 14th October at 7.30pm. Michael Hooper will be giving one of his interesting talks, and this time the subject is Uganda.
On Wednesday 2nd October from 2.00pm. we meet up for our Craft afternoon.
Both meetings are held in Wymondley Chapel Hall, and entry is £2.50 including refreshments.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
You will have seen from the note in last month’s PAX that our three churches are once again supporting Link to Hope in sending Christmas shoeboxes to Romania, Moldova, the Ukraine and Bulgaria. As previously, you can choose to fill a box for either a family or for an elderly person. To take part you will need an instruction leaflet and an empty shoebox - both of which are available in all three churches. Then, just follow the step by step instructions on the leaflet.
We do already have a number of items that you may want to put into your shoebox. These are available for you to help yourself to free of charge, and we will have them at most of the 9.15am. services at St. Ippolyts. (If you want to
check and/or need more help, then ring Christine and Arthur Sibun on 01462-459145).
You will see from the front of the leaflet that all boxes must be at a collection centre before Tuesday 5th November. As we will be using a different centre this year, in order to achieve this, all boxes must be wrapped and returned to church (or direct to Christine and Arthur) by Sunday 3rd November at the very latest. (The end of October would be even better).
One or two people have commented that: ‘it can’t be shoebox time already can it’? By way of an answer to that, one local centre received a consignment of 40 finished boxes in July. Perhaps just a tad early?
Thank you for all of your help.
It may be odd to admit this in deepest Hertfordshire but I am an enthusiastic follower of Gloucester Rugby Club - the Cherry and Whites. Scarcely a fan since I was last at Kingsholm in 1956, but as one who was brought up and then married in Gloucester (to a Gloucester girl of course) the club has always had a special place in my affections. So when Bedford played Gloucester and won in 1988 I was so horrified that I realised that no matter how long we lived in this part of the world we would always be Gloucestrians (you can take the couple out of Gloucester but you can't take Gloucester out of the couple). Even after 40 years in this area we get a warm feeling when we cross the county boundary heading west near Chipping Norton.
Rugby is to Gloucester what soccer is to Manchester or Liverpool. Ironically I played the game at school and absolutely hated it, giving it up at the earliest opportunity in favour of cross country running (what's the point of running around in the cold and wet while someone puts a muddy hand in your face or removes your legs from under you?). Nevertheless I love watching it on television and throughout October I shall be glued to the World Cup in Japan as time allows. Less hyped than the soccer one, but hopefully just as exciting as the cricket one with the same result. I mention this because events like this have an important place in the world as a force for good.
One Rugby World Cup had as its theme tune a song called 'World in Union'. This is something that is desperately needed these days. Much has been made over the past century (and throughout history) about disunity; history is one long saga since before records began of conflict between races and nations. As I write this in early September there are endless divisions over Brexit and there is unease between ourselves and the rest of Europe. There are continual tensions in the Middle East, over Kashmir, and in other places as well. Over and beyond this, racial and religious tensions simmer beneath the surface and emerge horribly from time to time. World sporting events are times when representatives of nations can get together and recognise that they are part of a common humanity, that the things that unite are far greater than those that divide. They are times for unity rather than division. This is very badly needed in the 21st century.
The Christian Church was born into a divided world, one that was far more divided even than it is today. Apart from racial and cultural differences there was a huge class divide between freemen and slaves that today seems utterly abhorrent. Christ died for everyone, regardless of their race, creed, colour and social status. He spoke of being lifted up on the cross to draw everyone to Himself, and I see those arms outstretched on the cross as enfolding everyone. This remains the same today and the world must recognise its unity and work towards strengthening that unity. If global sporting events like the Rugby World Cup can be small steps along that road then whether we enjoy the game or not they are worthwhile.
Happy Watching! Paul (Lanham)
It’s not too late to take part in the annual Bike Ride in aid of Beds. and Herts. Historic Churches Trust. The ride takes place on Saturday 14th Septemberso there is plenty of time to get a pack from me which will have a sponsor form and details of the churches in Herts. and Beds. which are open for you to visit. Then you’ll need to find friends and family - and maybe some church members - who would be happy to sponsor you. Half of the money you raise comes back to our church and half goes to the Trust and is then distributed to churches which are fund raising for repairs or renovations. You choose your own route from the list of churches and you should find someone at the churches; some have loos and lots have drinks and biscuits. You should be able to sign in at any church from 10.00am. to 6.00pm.
QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 26thOctober at 7.30pm.
We are all set for another Quiz Night in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall. Why not join us for an evening of fun and perhaps an opportunity to tax your brains. Make up a team of 6 to 8 friends or family and enjoy a Ploughman’s Supper washed down with wine, beer or soft drinks from the bar. Doors open at 7.00pm. for a prompt 7.30pm. start. Tickets will be on sale from the end of September available from Jane Veasey (H.434254) or Mary Hooper (H.457350) at £10 per person.
FRIENDS OF ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH
Friends will not be meeting on Tuesday 10thSeptember. The new date for our meeting is Wednesday 18thSeptemberat 10.30am. for coffee/tea and an 11.00am. start. This will be at Little Almshoe House, St. Ippolyts. We look forward to seeing you on that morning.
Frances Williams, Carol Scott and Joan Pinkstone
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
As well as being the month that marks the beginning of autumn and a new academic year, September is a time when our thoughts turn to events like harvest and the start of our Christmas shoebox preparations. Once again we will be supporting ‘Link to Hope’ the Sussex based charity who send shoeboxes to Romania, Moldova, the Ukraine and Bulgaria at Christmas. As in previous years the choice will be whether to fill a shoebox for a family, or whether to do one specifically for an elderly person.
HOWEVER, just when we thought that we had got the hang of how to do them, the charity have revised their requirements based on the actual needs of the people they have been giving the boxes to. As a result, they are requesting that everybox should contain 6 specified essential items, plus 5 (or more) others. This is not as complicated as it sounds and is all made very clear in their new leaflet.
By the time that this article appears, leaflets and empty shoeboxes will be available in all of our churches, so do pick up one of the leaflets and have a read. If you think that you might like to fill a box, just help yourself to a leaflet and a box (if you don’t already have one). Due to people’s generosity we already have a number of items that you may find useful to put into your box. These are freely available, so please help yourself. We will aim to bring a selection of them to most of the 9.15am. services at St. Ippolyts from early September. (Should you have any queries or need any help just ring Christine and Arthur Sibun on
01462-459145). Completed boxes should be returned to church for onward transportation. Further details and deadlines etc. will be
published in next month’s PAX.