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Weekly Pew Sheet, Low Sunday, 8th April 2018

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TREASURER TO ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

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TREASURER TO ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

St. Ippolyts PCC is still seeking someone to replace its

current Treasurer when she retires at the APCM in April. The task is an important one but not especially onerous.  Please consider whether you

or someone you know might be willing to take on this essential and worthwhile role.  For further information please contact me on H.457350, Jane Veasey on H.434254 or speak to any member of the PCC.

                                                                                      Michael Hooper

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Annual Church Meeting

“The Annual Parishioners Meeting” (to elect churchwardens) and “The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of St. Ippolyts” will be held in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall at 7.45pm. on Thursday 26thApril.  Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the St. Ippolyts Church Electoral Roll may vote at the second meeting.

The meeting is the Church’s AGM and there will be a review of 2017 with reports from the Churchwardens, our Treasurer, and St. Ippolyts School, as well as the appointment of officers, sidesmen and independent financial examiners.  To make the evening ‘go with a flow’ there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles available.

The Church Electoral Roll is closed 15 days before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and this means Wednesday 11thApril 2018.  Please check on the roll, which is in a file at the rear of the church, to see that you are registered and your details are correct.  If you are not on the roll and wish to be, there are forms available at the back of church, which should then be handed to Michael Hooper, our Electoral Roll Officer, or Jane Veasey the other Churchwarden.

                                                                                         Michael Hooper

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A Dear Friend Returns

On the fifth Sunday this month, 29thApril at 11.00am.

we are delighted to welcome back The Reverend Ian Tattum to St. Mary’s, so

do come along to hear how he is getting on.  Ian was our Priest in Charge in 2001, after being at St. Ippolyts; we then became a united Benefice.  When he left he went on to a church in Wimbledon, where he still is today.

                                                                                    Rosemary Stratton

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Christianity Explored

Paul Harding and Doug Richardson are going to run a Christianity Explored course in Great Wymondley.  We aim to have two sessions a month during April, May and June starting on Monday 16thApril.

The course is basically a Bible Study in Mark’s gospel with a video talk and a discussion time using the course booklet.  It is arranged so that participants can be as involved in the discussion as much or as little as they are comfortable with.

We will start at 7.30pm. and finish at 9.30pm. at The Croft.

The course has a website which gives a good feel for the style of the teaching at www.christianityexplored.org.  If you would like more information or to sign up, please contact Doug Richardson on

01438-354081, 07590-498267 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                                    Doug Richardson

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Differences, Revd Ginni Dear

How do you know when you’re old?  Is it when policemen suddenly start to look far too young?  Or when you catch yourself saying ‘they didn’t have those in my day’?  Perhaps it’s when your 21 year old daughter looks blank when you ask her if she has checked the oil in her car recently or shakes her head and leaves the room when you and your best friend start singing the theme tunes to your favourite childhood TV programmes?  

I’ve definitely passed all those milestones - and several more too - but I think I have noticed my age more since the arrival of my first grandson, Edward.  It isn’t that having a grandchild makes me feel older per se, but more that my reactions to the trappings of modern parenthood have me shaking my head in the same way that I remember my grandparents did when I first had my own children.

For starters, there’s the ‘pram’ - I mean, have you seen them these days?!!!  They are like something out of Star Wars!  Gone are the days when it took you half an hour to simply get the pram through the front door because it was so big and bulky.  These new-fangled things swivel on a sixpence (not that we have THEM anymore!), can easily be packed into the car boot, have more accessories than you could possibly use and require a mortgage just to buy one!! Mind you, I did provide some entertainment in the car park the other day when it took me twenty minutes and no end of muttering to actually get the flaming thing assembled!

Then there are the other things that the modern baby could not possibly survive without - disposable nappies (ok, definitely better than terries!), dummies that are attached to their bibs (which incidentally are now often triangular), baby swings which rock automatically, swaddle blankets, electric bottle warmers (haven’t they heard of Pyrex jugs and hot water!), baby bean bags (what’s wrong with a pillow!), sleep monitors.....and so on and so on!

But the one thing that actually had me open-mouthed in disbelief was the.....‘eating device’!  This is a small plastic handle with a mesh bag on the end.  Apparently, the idea is that you put a piece of apple in the mesh bag and the baby can chew on the apple without the risk of bits breaking off and choking him!!  I honestly don’t know whether this is a genius idea or whether the world has gone mad!!

Old or not, I am definitely enjoying being a grandma.  Seeing little Edward’s face light up when he sees me makes me realise afresh that it is the simple things in life that are often the most important, something that is all too easy to forget when I allow myself to get worked up over trivial things.

I’m looking forward to watching Edward grow and explore this wonderful world that we live in and I am sure that he will show me many more things that I have forgotten about in my busy-ness, simple pleasures that no amount of money can buy.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

       With love, Ginni xx

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Third Sunday in Lent, 4th March 2018

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Women's World Day of Prayer Service Postponed.

The womens world day of prayer service at Little Wymondley has been postponed to new date yet to be determined. This is because of the weather we are expereiencing at the moment. Watch this web site for futher news.

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St Ippolyts Church 100 club

The winners for February were:

                        No. 18              Gillian Russell              £20

                        No. 104             Diana Driver                £15

                        No. 10              Anne Scott                    £10

                                                                                         Shelagh Cox

As you can see, the organisation of the 100 Club has changed in that Jean Williams has, after many years, decided to hand the running of it on to me, Shelagh Cox.  I feel privileged to be given this task and I hope to run the club in the same, very successful way, that Jean instigated, and I will uphold the original aims of the Club.

So on behalf of all members of the 100 Club I would like to thank Jean very much for setting up the Club in 1990 and running it unfailingly for the benefit of members and the Church Fabric Fund.  New members always welcome so if you would like to join please contact me on 01462-432445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Easter Lilies St Ippolyts

Decorating the Church for Easter will take place on Saturday 31st March from 9.30am.  All will be welcome to bring their flowers to arrange in the church and pre-arranged baskets are also welcome.  Tea, coffee and Hot Cross Buns will be served.  Please don’t forget to remove your arrangements and containers when

the flowers have faded.

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St Ippolyts Church Spring Cleaning

We will be Spring Cleaning the Church on Tuesday 20th March at 07:00pm followed by the Friends cleaninbg on Wednesday 21st March from 9.30am.

This will involve all the cleaning and polishing and the lower clearing up.  The high up cleaning will be done the evening before.  Please come and help if you possibly can - many hands make light work.

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

Our last Bible Study Group meeting before Easter will be held on Wednesday 14th March when we shall conclude our study entitled ‘Christian Living’.  We will resume on Wednesday 25th April.  Meetings are held at 2.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  New members would be most welcome so do come and join us.  For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                                Clare Larsen

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WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Friday 2nd March

Don’t forget to come and join us for this special service.  It has been prepared by the women of Suriname and the theme is ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good’.  The service will be held at St. Mary’s, Little Wymondley at 2.00pm. and led by Reverend Ginni.

As we pray with and for the people of Suriname we will be part of a great wave of prayer encircling the globe.  This service will be celebrated in 170 countries and here in the British Isles over 6000 services will be taking place.  Please come and join us and be part of this wonderful occasion.

                                                                                          Jackie Harding

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE - A thought from Revd. Ginni

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

My grandmother always used to tell me to make the most of being young because time went by faster the older you got.  Like many teenagers faced with the unfathomable sayings of the older generation, I smiled indulgently, pretended I knew what she meant and secretly wondered if she was really from this planet!!  This memory came back to me as I sat down to write this article and realised that despite it seeming like we had only just finished with our Christmas celebrations, it was almost Lent………where did the time go………and does the speed at which this year seems to have gone by now mean that I am officially part of that unfathomable older generation and, in my own words, am I really from this planet!! 

It’s funny isn’t it how sometimes the things people say to you only make sense years later.  I wonder now what else went through my grandmother’s mind as she watched her grandchildren charging around her garden, carefree and untroubled by the practicalities of life, confident that they would be fed when they were hungry, comforted if they fell and wrapped up in loving arms if anything should spoil their day.  I never questioned the love my grandmother had for me, I accepted it, relied upon it and trusted that she would find a way to help me through whatever fix I had got myself into.  So if I could accept the unconditional love my grandmother had for me, surely trusting in God’s unconditional love for me would be a breeze…………wouldn’t it?!!

Maybe that’s what my grandmother meant about making the most of being young, of having the innocence and ability to accept the gift of love freely given without question, not for a second stopping to wonder if I deserved it nor question the generosity of the giver.  Yet now that I’m older I seem to have lost the ability to accept a gift unquestioningly, to wonder what I have done to deserve it and worse, even wonder what I might have to do in return should I accept it.  It’s this realisation that has brought me back into the present, to the approaching season of Lent, a time when we take stock of where we are at, a time for reflection and change and a refocussing on Christ and his ultimate sacrifice for us all.

Traditionally the forty days in Lent were marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance.  The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

However, in modern times, observers give up an action of theirs considered to be a vice, add something that is considered to be able to bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.

So, what does this Lent hold for you?  Will you be giving up chocolate maybe?  Or alcohol or coffee?  Perhaps putting aside the money you would have spent on these luxuries and donating it to charity?  I can’t help but think that the recollection of the memory of my grandmother at this particular

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time wasn’t simply a coincidence, rather a ‘God-incidence’, a prompting of what God would like me to reflect on this Lenten period.  To think again about the time when I freely accepted the gift of love from another with the innocence of a child, of when I allowed myself to be fed, comforted and consoled without wondering if I deserved it.  This is, after all, precisely what our Lord offers to each one of us, his children, day after day, week after week, year after year.

Whatever discipline you choose to give up or take up this Lent, my prayer for all of us is that we find the time to build on our relationship with God, to come before him with child-like openness and a willingness to accept his unconditional love, to be fed when we are hungry, to be consoled when we are hurt and to be guided through the storms of life, trusting that even when we are unsure of the path ahead, he knows the way and will bring us to a place of safety and peace.

With love - Ginni

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Second Sunday in Lent, 25th February 2018

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Annual Church Meetings St Ippolyts, 26th April 2018

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETINGS - ST. IPPOLYTS

 “The Annual Parishioners Meeting” (to elect churchwardens) and “The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of St. Ippolyts” will be held in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall at 7.30pm. on Thursday 26th April 2018.  Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the St. Ippolyts Church Electoral Roll may vote at the second meeting. 

The meeting is the Church’s AGM and there will be a review of 2017 with reports from the Churchwardens, our Treasurer, and St. Ippolyts School, as well as the appointment of officers, sidesmen and independent financial examiners.  To make the evening ‘go with a flow’ there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles available.

The Church Electoral Roll is closed 15 days before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and this means Wednesday 11th April 2018.  Please check on the roll, which is in a file at the rear of the church, to see that you are registered and your details are correct.  If you are not on the roll and wish to be, there are forms available at the back of church, which should then be handed to Michael Hooper, our Electoral Roll Officer, or Jane Veasey the other Churchwarden.

We are looking for new members of our Parochial Church Council.  If you are interested in playing a key role in the future of our church please consider putting yourself forward for election, it is not a particularly onerous task! Those wishing to be elected can put their names on the election list at the back of the church. In additional we are seeking a treasurer to take over from Leanne. If you feel you could spare the time to play an important roll in the life of our church please consider taking on this task.

        Michael Hooper

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the First Sunday in Lent, 18th February 2018

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Weekly Pew Sheet, Quinquagesima, the Sunday next before Lent, 11th February 2018.

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BEARS AND PRAYERS TODDLER SERVICE

BEARS AND PRAYERS TODDLER SERVICE

I am sorry to say that the Bears and Prayers Toddler Service will no longer be running at St. Ippolyts Church.  Despite attempting various days and times, we failed to attract new people and with some of our existing members moving on to nursery, there were only a couple of little people left.

However, following the success of our ‘Light Party’ in October, I intend to start a new half-termly event for the young people of our parishes which I hope will start just before Easter.

The vision is that we will meet after school between 4.30pm. and 6.00pm. and enjoy stories, games and crafts and have a short act of worship before sharing tea together.  It will be open to anyone of primary school age or under and we will even let them bring their grown-up’s with them too!!

Please keep an eye out for more details in next month’s PAX but feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lent Lunches

Lent Lunches

We will be serving Lent Lunches in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall every Wednesday throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, 14th February, from 12.45pm. till 2.00pm.  A minimum donation of £2.50 per serving is requested and proceeds will be shared between USPG (renamed United Society Partners in the Gospel) and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Everyone welcome.

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