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"Send a Cow" Coffee Morning, Friday 17th June 10:30 - 12:30.

"Send a Cow" Coffee Morning & Plant Sale at Audrey and John Burr's house, 15 Grange Close Hitchin, from 10:30 until 12:30.

 

EVERYONE WELCOME

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This week we welcome to our Benefice the following clergy

This week we welcome to our Benefice the following clergy who are helping us during our vacancy

The Revd Adrian Hinksman

The Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring

The Ven Jonathan Smith, Archdeacon of St Albans

Pauline Sadler

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Third Sunday after Trinity, 12th June 2016

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Community Lunch 1st June

A wonderful community lunch was enjoyed by about 40 members of our community. A big thank you to all the ladies and Roger Cox for providing an exotic combination of Spanish Pork and fruit sponge.

 

Se our gallery for all the photos

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Weekly Pew Sheet - The Second Sunday after Trinity, 5th June 2016

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A Successful Flower Festival

 

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The Whitsun Bank holiday saw an absolutely splendid flower festival at St Ippolyts Church, everyone that came along agreed that it was superb and well worth the visit. Our 2016 St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival was based on the theme of a ‘Grand Day Out ‘ and there were displays depicting such events as a visit to the theatre, a day out at Royal Ascot, a day out at the test match and one display even depicted a trip to the moon! Now that would be a really Grand Day Out! Whatever the subject every floral display was truly wonderful and the variety added spark to the event.

The weather was kind to us even though Sunday and Monday mornings were a bit chilly. Nonetheless what with entrance takings, sales of teas and cakes, a grand raffle (won by Alison Dines!), sales of plants and books, and generous donations the church benefited from a grand total of £2460. Thank you to everyone who turned up to support us and to make all the hard work so worthwhile.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help out over the weekend by manning stalls, baking cakes, erecting marquees, mowing and strimming the churchyard etc., but most of all we must thank all the ladies who not only made the lovely floral arrangements but generously provided their own flowers.  There must, however, be very special mention of all the work carried out by Mary Hooper who not only masterminded and managed the whole event, but also found the time to create at least seven of the wonderful arrangements.

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This week we welcome to our Benefice

The Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring

Pauline Sadler

The Revd Andy Thomas

The Revd Jane Fox

Thank you to all of them for helping us during our vacancy

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Weekly Pew Sheet - First Sunday after Trinity, 29th May 2016

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FLOWER FESTIVAL - Absolutely Wonderful - Come and see!!

IMG 0196 rNotting Hill Carnival St Ippolyts Flower Festival 28th May 2016

The St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival is on for two more days. Come and see a splendid collection of flower arrangements depicted different days out. Then enjoy a cup of tea with delicious cake and maybe even buy some plants for your own garden. open from 11:00 to 17:00 Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May!

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CHANGES - A thought from the Revd Paul Lanham

CHANGES

On the weekend of 11th and 12th June we officially celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.  There never seems to have been a time when she was not our sovereign, and she seems to have broken every royal record in the book.  Longest serving monarch - oldest reigning monarch - the most travelled monarch - the greatest and most loved monarch this (or any other) country has surely ever seen.  One of my earliest memories is watching her coronation on a small black and white television in a neighbour's house, the picture blurred and flickering.  It seemed to go on for ever and was thoroughly boring, so my friend and I spent much of the time chasing one another around the outside of the house with water pistols - to be exact bicycle pumps that could be filled with a satisfyingly large amount of water from the large square water butt placed conveniently by the back door.  I wasn't a very nice small boy and we both got rather wet.

Now I am writing this on a computer, something that was utterly unheard of in those days.  The rate of change in the 90 years that Her Majesty has graced this earth with her presence is greater even than the Industrial Revolution that we were taught about at school.  It has been a time of racial, social, sexual, national and industrial revolution unlikely to be equalled.  Amid it all there were the Sixties, an era when I was fortunate enough to be first at university then a young curate - a time of unprecedented religious liberation and revival.  Now I see examples of the first cars I drove in museums, and my six year old granddaughter is teaching me to operate things that I would never have dreamed existed when I was her age.  As we celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday we thank God for her,

for her dedication, her steadfastness, for the way that she represents all that is good in being British.  A rock in a time

of change.

Change can be a very frightening thing.  In the Church, in society, in our personal lives.  We may have experienced a huge amount of it personally. Yet God never changes and the message preached by our church never changes.  Perhaps the most sung and the most hackneyed hymn of all contains lines that we might remember at this time.  ‘Change and decay in all around I see;  In life, in death O Lord, abide with me.’  God never changes, his love never fails.  He is always there for us;  all we have to do is to reach out and know He is there.

                                                                                           Paul Lanham

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FLOWER FESTIVAL THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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This week we welcome to our Benefice

St Ippolyts - Sunday 22nd May Trinity Sunday

 

09:30 CW Holy Communion - The Revd paul Lanham

 

Plus, Howell Davies for Evensong 18:30 

 

and at Great Wymondley Doug Richardson for Parish Praise at 11:00

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Weekly Pew Sheet - Pentecost, 15th May 2016

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This week during our vacancy we welcome the following clergy

This week during our vacancy we welcome the following clergy

 

The Revd Paul Lanham 

The Revd Adrian Hinksman

Pauline Sadler (or Jean Boothby)

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Little Wymondley Church Garden Plant Sale, Saturday 14th May 11:00 to 14:00

There will be a sale of garden plants at Little Wymondley Church on Saturday 14th May from 11:00 and 14:00

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Weekly Pew Sheet, Seventh Sunday of Easter, 8th May 2016

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP - 11th and 25th May

BIBLE STUDY GROUP The Bible Study group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm. till approximately 3.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds. The group is affiliated to Community Bible Study International (www.cbsiuk.org) and they supply our studies. We are about to start looking at the Book of Job. Our next meetings are on 11th and 25th May. Refreshments are served after the meetings. New members would be most welcome so if you would like to join the group or would like more information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).
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GREAT WYMONDLEY FÊTE - Sunday 12th June

GREAT WYMONDLEY FÊTE - Sunday 12th June Preparations are under way for the Fête on Sunday 12th June starting at 2.00pm. This date coincides with the final day of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations weekend and so the Fête will have a royal theme. Please note this date in your diaries and come along to the Fête to help raise much needed money to keep the church here in the village up and running. We are also in need of people to help on the day. A letter about the Fête will be coming round the village shortly. We are hoping to have a Fish and Chip Van coming to the Fête at about 7.00pm. when we have cleared everything away and if we have sold enough tickets. The Fish and Chips will be freshly cooked and tickets will be sold in advance. There will be more details in June Pax and in the letter. If you would like to help on the day please contact the churchwardens, Paul Harding at The Old Rectory (01438-729219) or Cherry Carter at 2 Church Green (01438-724919).
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ROGATION SUNDAY SERVICE - Sunday 8th May at Great Wymondley

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.

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ASCENSION DAY SERVICE - 07:30a.m. Thursday 5th May at Great Wymondley

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.

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