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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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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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New Style Family Service

NEW STYLE FAMILY SERVICE

We have a new style Family Service at 9.15am. on the 1st Sunday of every month at St. Ippolyts Church and we would love you to come and join us!

The service lasts approximately 30 minutes with a mix of lively hymns, songs and stories as we worship God together.  Breakfast is available afterwards if you would like to stay and get to know one another better.  Whether you are new to church or have been going for many years, we promise you a warm welcome.

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The Easter Journey

THE EASTER JOURNEY

This year St. Ippolyts Church and St. Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley will be hosting an exciting schools project called The Easter Journey.  The resources and teaching for this project are given to us by a Stevenage-based Christian charity called Bridge Builders who I have worked closely with for a number of years and who have carefully built up a trusted reputation with local churches and schools. 

Who are Bridge Builders?

Bridge Builders Christian Trust is a charity which goes into local schools and teaches RE lessons, takes assemblies and mentors children who need extra support.  It is also a local church resource centre which has a wealth of props, costumes, equipment and lesson/assembly outlines which can be lent to any church that needs them free of charge.  The charity relies solely on donations to fund the organisation.

 

What is the aim of The Easter Journey?

Working in partnership with the host churches, the aim of the Easter Journey 2018 is to provide the opportunity for 1500+ Year 6 children from local primary schools to hear an account of the events of Holy Week and Easter and to explore the relevance of this festival for Christians today.

How The Easter Journey project began.

From their experience of working with children, the Bridge Builders team knew that most young people connect best with things they can see, smell or touch so, in 2010, they devised an interactive story that would enable the children to share something of their own lives and relate it to a story in the Bible whilst being surrounded by exciting colours, smells and sounds which would help them to remember the experience later.  Bridge Builders then approached local schools and asked them if they would like to bring their students into church to see this Easter Journey as part of their RE lessons.  The response was huge and well over 1000 primary aged children poured into their local churches each year and came to understand Jesus a little better.

Part of the reason for this success was because, using their knowledge of schools and the curriculum, Bridge Builders actively related the stories and people of the Bible to the everyday lives of the children, cross-referencing this with what the children learn in their lessons.

How can you get involved?

Whilst Bridge Builders provides the resources and the training, this project can only happen if we get enough volunteers to help.  It’s down to each host church to set up the resources, welcome the children, tell the stories and provide refreshments.  Volunteers will be required to attend a short training session so they know how the project works and there will be on-going support from myself.  It is expected that our churches will run 4 sessions of The Easter Journey, each lasting 90 minutes, over 3 or 4 days between the 12th and 15th March.  Exact days to be confirmed but volunteers can commit to attend any number of sessions and the more volunteers we have, the easier it will be!!

Please email me if you think you would like to be involved in this exciting project.  From experience, I know that the volunteers get as much out of The Easter Journey as the children do and keep coming back year after year!  Age or infirmity is no barrier - there’s a place for everyone!!!

       Ginni

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