ROGATION SUNDAY SERVICE - Sunday 8th May Don’t forget that the annual Rogation Sunday service will be held on 8th May (instead of 1st May) as this is the Sunday when Great Wymondley has a service. There will be a walk around the village to bless the crops, fields and gardens accompanied by Letchworth Morris who will dance at various places on the way. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
ASCENSION DAY - Thursday 5th May
It is St. Mary’s Church Great Wymondley’s turn to hold the Benefice Ascension Day service at 7.30am. followed by a delicious breakfast in the churchyard if fine, or in the church if too cold or wet. Come and join us for this special day, on what will hopefully be a fine spring morning, before you go off to work or get on with your day. The Venerable Jonathan Smith will be taking this service.
The next Community Lunches will be on Wednesdays 4th May and 1st June from 12.45pm. till 2.00pm. in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall. (Serving time 12.45pm. till 1.00pm.) Cost £3. Everyone welcome.
It's very good news that our new vicar, Reverend Ginni Dear, will be with us this summer. That this is sooner than we dared to hope is thanks largely to the hard work and efficiency of our churchwardens who saw to it that the advertisement for a priest went into the Church Times promptly and got on quickly with preparing the Parish Profile, a document available to all applicants, setting out the needs and nature of the benefice. In addition, churchwardens and PCC members have to shoulder extra duties during a vacancy, not the least being to find priests and lay ministers to take the services week by week, and to ensure that the pattern of church activities continues as usual.
We are fortunate also in being given ready help from beyond our parishes. Constantly looking out for us are our Rural Dean, Reverend Jane, Archdeacon Jonathan and Bishop Michael and in addition we continue to benefit from the help given us by other clergy and by Readers who willingly take services for us. We are grateful for all this kindness from people who already are or because of the vacancy, have become our friends. Putting it another way, we acknowledge that we get by with a lot (not just a little) help from our friends.
Kindness, better known as love, is one of the seven virtues. Scholars tell us that by origin and moral standing the philosophical ones are Justice, Prudence, Temperance, and Fortitude. The theological ones are Faith, Hope and Love. Together these form the cardinal or chief virtues.
Kindness is an aspect of Love. Charity and courtesy, kindness and compassion, also reside in Love.
Hilaire Belloc put it this way;
Of Courtesy - it is much less than courage of heart or holiness;
Yet in my walks it seems to me that the Grace of God is in Courtesy.
Whichever word - kindness, charity, courtesy, compassion - is used to describe it, the Grace of heavenly Love is perfectly recognisable.
Surely it is the gift from God which brings us closer to Him, and to one another.
Maureen Lane of the North Herts DFAS Church Recorders presented the archival record of St Ippolyts Church to Pam Skeggs during the 09:30 Holy Communion Service today, Sunday 24th April.
The Church recorders have been visiting the church over the past two years and have made a detailed record of all the furnishings, fittings, plaques etc within in our church. This has now been collated into a wonderful document and now serves as a permanent record of our furnishings etc within the church. Copies of this document will be sent to the Doicese at St Albans, The Church of England, the County archive and Historic England.
Although the recorders are all volunteers there was need for a sponsor to cover the additional costs and we are most grateful to Pam for providing this important sponsorship.
Maureen, who was introduced by our churchwarden, Michael Hooper, thanked all those in her team who had contributed to the document and those within our church who had added valuable information, these included, William and Ann Steel, Mrs Jean Andrews and the Revd Ann Pollington. Pam Skeggs responded that it was a privilage for us within the St Ippolyts Church community to have such a document and she thanked all recorders for all their efforts over the past two years. pam then passed on the bound document to the Churchwardens.
The document, although to be stored in the church safe, will always be available for viewing during special occasions and upon request to the the churchwardens.
This week we welcome to our Benefice the following who are supporting us during our vacancy -
The Revd Adrian Hinksman - St Ippolyts, 11:00 Wednesday 27th April CW Holy Communion
The Revd Canon Tom Purchas - St Ippolyts 08:00 Sunday 1st May BCP Holy Communion
Howell Davies - St Ippolyts 09:30 1st May Parish Praise
The Revd Adrian Hinksman - Little Wymondley 09:30 1st May CW Holy Communion
The Church Recorders (NADFAS) will present their recorded investigations to St Ippolyts Church during the 09:30 CW Holy Communion Service on Sunday 24th April.
Their document that they will present to us will be a fascinating record of our church furnishings.
This week during our vacancy we welcome to our Benefice :-
St Ippolyts - Wednesday 20th April 11:00 CW Holy Communion with the Revd Adrian Hinksman.
St Ippolyts - Sunday 24th April 09:30 CW Holy Communion with the Revd Paul Lanham
St Ippolyts - Sunday 24th April 18:30 Evensong with Howell Davies
Great Wymondley - Sunday 24th April 11:00 CW Holy Communion with the Revd Tom Purchas
Thanks to all for helping us during our vacancy
We have been advised that our new vicar, the Revd Virginia (Ginni) Dear, will take up her post with us on 1st August. The date of our Licensing and Institution to the Benefice has yet to be confirmed, but we that it is likely to be on the evening of Monfday 11th July.
This we welcome to our Benefice to support us during our vacancy
Wednesday 13th april 11:00 Holy Communion - The Revd Melanie Crowley
Sunday 17th April 08:00 BCP Holy Communion - The Revd Andy Thomas
Sunday 17th April 09:30 CW Holy Communion - Thge Revd Mervyn Terret
Sunday 17th April 11:00 Matins - Howell Davies
We thank them all for coming to help us out during our vacancy.
The Church Recorders, a group within NADFAS, have recently completed their detailed study of St Ippolyts Church and they will present their recorded investigations at the 09:30 Holy Communion Service on Sunday 24th April 2016.
We look forward to their presentation.
During our vacancy we welcome to our Benefice this week the following
Wed 6th April St Ippolyts 11:00 CW Holy Communion with the Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring
Sun 10th April St Ippolyts 09:30 CW Holy Communion with the Revd John Payne Cook
Sun 10th April St Ippolyts 18:30 Evensong with Howell Davies
Sun 10th April Great Wymondley 09:30 Parish Praise with Doug Richardson (this is followed by the GW APCM)
The monthly community lunch will be at St Ippolyts Parish Hall at 12:45. This month the lunch is provided by St Ippolyts Church PCC, Anne Steel is leading the team of helpers. Thank goodness your male churchwarden is not cooking any of the food!!
Aii welcome for lunch and a chat, £3 for a splendid two course dinner!