The Friends of St Ippolyts Church will be decorating the Church for Easter at 09:30 on Saturday 26th March. Children welcome to make a garden in the South Porch
It is understood that the 08:00 congregation could not find the palm crosses which were in the vestry.
If anyone would like a cross, the Revd Ian Friars blessed a few spares if anyone would like one. Please speak to Jane or Michael the churchwardens at St Ippolyts.
The Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring
The Revd Melanie Crowley
The Revd Austin Smith
The Revd Adrian Hinksman
The Revd Paul Lanham
The Revd Jeni Mc Quaid
and of course our very own Howell Davies.
Thank you all for coming to lead us in worship during our vacancy
We are delighted to announce that we are going to have a new vicar- Official and Unofficial Announcement!
We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Virginia Dear (Ginni), currently Assistant Curate in the Hertford Team Ministry, based at All Saints Church, Hertford, has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley. This is subject to the completion of legal formalities and when those matters have been completed we will be able to announce the date of the Institution.
Please remember Ginni in your prayers.
Unofficial announcement -
We are absolutely delighted that Ginni is coming to our Benefice to be our new vicar. Ginni will be a great loss to All Saints Church Hertford and we pray that they quickly find somebody to take her place.
Looking after our Benefice is not an easy role but she will have our love and support. We are really looking forward to her ministry.
The name of our new vicar will announced at 09:30 on Sunday 13th March 2016 at the beginning of our Sunday Service.
If you want to be the first to hear the good news make sure that you are there!!!
Frani Williams has presented Mrs Andrews with a delightful picture showing the interior of St Ippolyts Church painted by Arthur Sibun. Mrs Andrews was absolutely delighted with her picture and has already found an appropriate place on her wall for it to be displayed. Frani payed tribute to the 65 years that Mrs Andrews has been cleaning our church and how her hard work is sorely missed.
The Annual Parishioners' Meeting (to elect the 2 Churchwardens) and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) of the Parish of St Ippolyts will be held in the St Ippolyts Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 7 April and everyone who is on the St Ippolyts Church Electoral Roll is encouraged to attend. The meeting is the Parish Church’s AGM and there will be a review of 2015 with reports from the Churchwardens, Treasurer, and the School, as well as the election of members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the appointment of sidesmen and independent financial examiners. To make the event even more enjoyable, wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available.
The Church Electoral Roll has to be confirmed and finalized 15 days before the APCM, so before then please check the Roll, which is in a file at the rear of the Church, to see whether you are registered; if not, complete one of the forms available in that file and hand it to Nicholas Watson, the Electoral Roll Officer, or a Churchwarden.
We are looking for new members of the PCC: 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. This will be a good time to join, as new PCC members and a new vicar should bring fresh ideas for our church.
This week we welcome to our Benefice -
The three candidates for the post of our Benefice Vicar
Bishop Michael of Hertford
11:00 Wednesday 9th March - CW Holy Communion - The Revd Elizabeth Bunker
09:30 Sunday 13th March - CW Holy Communion - The Revd Ian Friars
18:30 Sunday 13th March - Evensong - Howell Davies
09:30 Sunday 13th March - CW Holy Communion - The Revd Tom Purchas
and of course let us not forget Louise Conway who will bw taking the toddlers service at St Ippolyts on Friday at 10:00.
On Wednesday 9th Wednesday there will be a programme of visits by and interviews of the three candidates short-listed for the post of vicar of our Benefice. Please continue to pray for our Benefice churchwardens and the external members of the selection panel including Bishop Michael of Hertford - and of course the three applicants.
On behalf of the three PCCs we welcome and wish all the three candidates our best wishes for a successful day.
DO NOT FORGET THAT THE LENT LUNCH FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, 9TH MARCH, HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS THE PARISH HALL IS BEING USED AS THE VENUE FOR INTERVIEWING THE CANDIDATES FOR THE POSITION AS VICAR AT ST IPPOLYTS. NORMAL SERVICE WILL BE RESUMED NEXT WEEK!
Wednesday 2nd March 11:00 Holy Communion - The Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring
Sunday 6th March 08:00 BCP Holy Communion - The Revd Austin Smith
Sunday 6th March 09:30 Parish Praise - Andrea Charsley
Friday 4th March 14:00 Women's World Day of Prayer Service - The Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring
Sunday 6th March 09:30 CW Holy Communion - The Revd Adrian Hinksman
An advertisement for a new vicar has been added to this web site in the 'About" section under Parish Profile.
Vicar for the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley
Together the three parishes form the attractive green cushion between Hitchin, Stevenage and Letchworth Garden City. Though close to these centres, this is a semi-rural benefice with a strong feeling of community. The joint PCCs look forward to welcoming a new vicar to our Benefice.
We are looking for someone who can -
- Lead us joyfully, thoughtfully and wisely into our future worship and community life.
- Engage, stimulate, teach, challenge and work within a framework of central churchmanship.
- Build upon our foundation to widen our age profile and attract and maintain the interest of young people in our churches.
We offer our support, commitment and hard work, plus well established teams that work well together.
A modern 4 bedroomed vicarage is located in the village of St Ippolyts and there are excellent schools in the area together with good transport links to London.
The Parish Profile can be found at: http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/vacancies/
Appointment to this position is subject to satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The closing date for applications is Friday 12th February 2016 with interviews on 9th March 2016.