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Christmas Shoebox Appeal, from Arthur Sibun

As you are all aware, we have supported Operation Christmas Child as a Benefice for quite a few years now.  So this year our vicar, Ginni, thought that it would be good to support another, different charity that operates a similar scheme sending boxes to Romania, Moldova, The Ukraine and Bulgaria.  As a result of this, our boxes this year will be going to ‘Linked to Hope’ which is a Christian charity based in Sussex.

As usual the concept is very similar.  To fill a box you will of course need an empty shoebox (size 8 or similar), an instruction leaflet and some gifts.  Empty boxes and leaflets will be available in church or from Christine and Arthur Sibun (tel: 01462-459145), but if you already have your own box, even better!  Completed boxes should be returned to church as usual and we will arrange for their onward transportation.  (More details to follow next month).

All that you need to do is to follow the instructions on the leaflet.  However, there are one or two differences in the way that Linked to Hope does things, so please read the leaflet carefully before you start.  You will be very pleased to learn that you no longer have to cover the lid and the box separately with gift wrap, but you just have to wrap up the finished closed box (like a Christmas present) after you have filled it.

The really big difference this year though is that, rather than being for a

child (of a particular age) the boxes are either for a family or for an elderly person.  This is all explained in the leaflet (and means that if you do one for

a family, it can still have all of the usual children’s things in it).  There is a contents box to tick, which gives guidelines of what can go into your box.  This is then attached to the outside of the box to give the organisers an idea of what’s inside and where they can best send it.

           Please help us if you can.

                                                                                                Arthur Sibun

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Horse Blessing Service

Thanks to Robert Halliday there are now even more photos of our Horse Blessing Service in our web site gallery. Go to page two of the gallery to see them.

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Horse Blessing Service 13th August 2017

What a splendid service we had with 16 horses and riders coming to our annual horse blessing in St Ippolyts Churchyard today. Revd Ginni having overcome her fear of horses conducted a short service and then blessed and fed each horse with a carrot!

The horses and riders were joined by over thirty others attending the service who all enjoyed tea and home made cakes afterwards.

A big thank you to all those who came and made the event such a big success. A collection was made and the generous offering was donated to the "Riding for the Disabled Charity"

A special thanks to Robert Halliday who travelled from Bury St edmunds for our service. Robert had earlier this year written an article expalining the history of our annual service for the summer edition of "County Living Hertfordshire" Magazine.

Finally thank you to Jennifer Veasey, Shealgh Cox and Mary Hooper for baking the delicious cakes

More photos on page 2 of this web sites gallery 

IMG 9623 Horse Blessing Service  Ginni Feeding horses 5  13th August 2017-9627

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The Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Hippolytus of Rome died 235

We celebrate St Hippolytus on this Sunday and we have our annual horse blessing service in the churchyard.

 

Also this day : Florence Nightingale, nurse and social reformer died 1910

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Bishop Michael gives approval for 5 stalwarts from our Benefice to give home communion.

Fabulous news!!  Bishop Michael has given authorisation for 5 members of our care home singing group to take home communion to the sick and housebound - this includes leading our care home services and also for them to serve as chalice assistants in our Sunday services.
 
This means that there will be no disruption to our care home services when Ginni is on holiday in September. 
 
It is hoped that, in the future, this small team will join Ginni in taking Holy Communion to those who are too unwell to attend church.
 
Approval was given in the following e mail from Bishop Michael
 
 Dear Ginni,

Thank you so much for your message – I was absolutely delighted to read about the developments you describe.

Your practice is 100% in line with the spirit and letter of Bishop Alan’s Ad Clerum which can be found here. So on that basis I am glad to authorise 

Rosemary Stratton (Little Wymondley)

Jenny Sheach (St. Ippolyts)

Clare Larson (St. Ippolyts)

Anne Swift (Great Wymondley)

Pauline Hinks (St. Ippolyts)

as chalice assistants in your benefice and as people charged with the distribution of home communion. 

All good wishes,

+Michael

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