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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.

                                                                                            Arthur Sibun


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This year the Bishop of St. Albans’ Harvest Appeal is partnering with Tearfund, a Christian international development agency that seeks to meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable people

The money raised will help bring solar electricity to the poor and isolated rural communities of the Singida region of Tanzania, East Africa.  This will truly light up lives - and not just literally.  At present, people’s limited access to electricity means they face many challenges.  Basic services, healthcare, education and family life are all diminished and damaged. This year’s appeal will not only give them electric light and power for the basics of modern life - things that we take for granted - but hope and a better future.  A few more hours of light in the day will allow dreams of enterprise and community life to become realities, and families will be healthier and better able to take advantage of them. 

Will you join me in spreading light and hope to our brothers and sisters in Tanzania? 

  The Rt. Revd. Dr. Alan Smith

How to give to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal 2019

Cheques made payable to St. Albans DBF can be sent to The Bishop of St. Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2019, c/o the Mission Dept., Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St. Albans AL1 1HE.  There is also an online giving facility available via  Our Appeal partner, Tearfund, will collect the Gift Aid on these donations if eligible


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John and Audrey Burr would like to thank everyone who supported the Send a Cow Coffee Morning held at the end of June.  An amazing total of £517 was raised on the day and from donations after the event.  Send a Cow has

a project to provide coffee plants and training to rural families in Rwanda so that they can grow this profitable crop and further increase their standard of living.  Thank you all.

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Horse Blessing Service, 11th August 2019

Our annual Horse Blessing Service was held this year on the afternoon of 11thAugust. In spite of the high winds and scurrying rain clouds we had a remarkably dry service on the freshly mowed grass outside the church. A group of about 50 attendees waited expectantly to see not only how many horses would bring their riders to the service but also to see Revd Ginni astride a charger.

The spectators were not disappointed with 24 horses coming along to be blessed. Ginni did not disappoint either as she was soon up into the saddle and confidently parading down the footpath to her chosen location to conduct the service. She looked resplendent and the other horses whinnied their approval.

After a short reading, the hymn ‘Morning has broken” and prayers Ginni proceeded to bless each of the horses and riders. Each horse was given a special treat of a carrot. 

A collection was taken for the two North Herts Riding for the Disabled groups and a total of £345 was given to split between them.

Thank you to all the horses and riders, all the ladies who baked the cakes sampled by everyone, of course, to all those who came to enjoy the service and spectacle. 

Upon departure the horses left a few presents, which the churchyard maintenance crew will have to tackle!

To see more photos look in our gallery.

IMG 9992 Horse Blessing Service Ginni 11th Aug 2019-9992

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Horse Blessing Service

Don not forget our annual horse blessing service which this year will be held at 15:00 on Sunday 11th August 2019 at St Ippolyts Church. All horses and donkeys etc etc welcome, please bring along as many humans as possible.

All money collected will be given to "Riding for the Disabled"


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