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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK - 13th- 19thMay

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK - 13th- 19thMay

Marcelin's story

Marcelin lost his home and livelihood when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in September 2016.  ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house.  I have nothing left,’ he says.  He now lives in an old concrete shower block, a tiny space he shares with his teenage daughters.  There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed that the girls sleep on.

Marcelin has shown incredible resilience in the face of such hardships and is working hard to raise his children alone.  Will you Stand Together with your global neighbour Marcelin and give a donationto help build a disaster-proof home in Haiti?

Every day he gets up at dawn to work the land but he’s struggling to support his family.  The changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows and his family often go hungry.  He can no longer afford to send all his children to school and is unable to save any money for a new home.

So, this Christian Aid Week, will you build hope in Haiti?

We know how to make it happen - of the 700 houses we built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew.  But we’re relying on the kindness of people like you to be able to do more, and reach more of our global neighbours in their hour of need.

Once again I will be organising a door to door envelope collection in St. Ippolyts so please keep an eye open for the red envelope and a knock at the door.

  Barbara Thomas


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ST. IPPOLYTS OPEN GARDENS - Sunday 24th June. Can you help us?


Can you help us?

Open your garden- a couple more gardens would be lovely.  If you live on Waterdell Lane, Mill Road, Mill Lane from Mill Road to the High Street, Gosmore High Street, Maydencroft Lane, The Crescent, Townsend Place or Orchard Close and have a garden you would like to share please contact me.

Grow us some plants- We will be having a plant sale so if you are sowing seeds or dividing plants please grow a few more for us if you are able to.

Advertising- Could you put up posters in a local village or give flyers out at the groups that you attend?  If so please contact me.

Help on the day- we will need people to sell programmes, make tea and coffee, sell cakes and man the car parks.  If you could spare a couple of hours on the day please contact Mary Hooper on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01462-457350 or look out for sign-up sheets at the back of the church.

Cakes!!- We can't have Open Gardens without beautiful, homemade cakes.

Could you be a friend?- One of our garden openers would very much like to have some company and reassurance as she welcomes visitors to her garden, if you could spare some time contact me.

Finally- put the date in your diary and come along to visit our beautiful gardens (and perhaps bring a friend or two!)

           Barbara Thomas - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01462-421647

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A very big thank you to Friends of St. Ippolyts Church for the time you have given during Lent making and serving the delicious selection of home-made soups.  We have all looked forward to our usual delicious soups and no one has been disappointed with the wonderful flavours.  We really appreciate the variety given each year and the funds raised all go towards USPG and the Motor Neurone Disease Association both of which are excellent causes.

Thank you also for the beautiful flowers and arrangements in the church to help us celebrate Easter.

Friends will be holding their next meeting at the home of Joan Pinkstone, Little Almshoe House, on Tuesday 11thSeptember at 10.30am. for an 11.00am. start.

                                          Frances Williams, Carol Scott and Joan Pinkstone

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From Thursday 10thMay - Ascension Day to Sunday 20thMay - Pentecost.  Praying for the ten days from Ascension Day to Pentecost is traditional, recalling the actions of the disciples following Jesus’ ascension. Two prayers are the focus of attention this year: “Thy Kingdom Come,” and “Come Holy Spirit”.  Go to www.thykingdomcome.globalfor further information and to sign up to ‘Pledge to Pray’.

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It’s not too late to join our Christianity Explored course which is being held at The Croft in Great Wymondley.  The dates for May are Mondays 14thand 21ststarting at 7.30pm. and finishing at 9.30pm.

The course has a website which gives a good feel for the style of the teaching at  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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