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Kestrels hatch 3 young in Church tower

Kestrels are again nesting in our church tower and they have three young with two more eggs stiil to hatch. Together with Great Tits, Goldcrests, Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Robins all nesting within the confines of the churchyard we are having a great bird breeding season! Watch out for more news.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Pentecost, 24th May 2015

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Open Gardens - Sunday 14th June 2015

Do not forget to come to our Open Gardens fund raising day on 14th June. If anyone is able to help on the day please contact Barbara Thomas on 01462 421647, give as little or as much time as possible, all help is appreciated!

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Old Churchyard wildflower area

Once again an area near the South Porch will be left unmown from May until September to encourage wildflowers to develop and hopefully attract more butterflies to our churchyard. In addition another area at the South Easatern end of the churchyard will remain untouched with the same aim.

Look out for Speckled Wood butterflies in the churchyard they are becoming increasingly common.

By the way Great Tits, Robins, Blackbirds and Goldcrests are all nesting in our churchyard this year.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, 17th May 2015

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'The Friends' - Afternoon Tea at Maydencroft Manor

Hosted by Bob and Frani Williams 'The Friends of St Ippolyts Church' held a splendid money raising afternoon tea party at Maydencroft Manor on Wednesday 13th May. What with a wonderful selection of cakes, perfect weather, stalls selling greeting cards anda tour of the Manor everybody had a most enjoyable time. A big thank you to Bob and Frani for opening up their house and gardens to everyone.

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Revd Ann's Annual Report for APCM 2015

Vicar’s report for St Ippolyts APCM 2015

Once again I have decided to give my Vicar’s annual report in place of a sermon, then if you are not able to stay for the annual meeting at least you will have heard from your Vicar! (However I hope you will all stay for the meeting). There will be printed copies of this report for people to read after the service if they have come along just for the APCM.

First of all I would like to thank my Churchwardens Roger and Michael for all they have done over this last year, looking after the church building, the churchyard and their Vicar. Especial thanks go to Roger today as he retires from being a Churchwarden after nine years. For all his time and talents he has given this church and this Vicar! Of course Roger you don’t actually retire until May when the Archdeacon’s Visitation service is, so we still have you as our Churchwarden for another couple of weeks. Roger does a lot of things for our church and community in St Ippolyts which are not part of the duties of a churchwarden so I do hope Roger that you will continue with some of them, thank you.

This year I will try not to put thank you’s to too many names as there is a risk in forgetting someone, but I do want to express my thanks to all the members of our PCC for their attendance at our meetings and for their work for this church, and my thanks go to Howell Davies and Pat Fry our two Readers in our Benefice for the services they lead and take part in, and for our friend The Revd Paul Lanham who comes every second Sunday of the month and takes the communion service here,  this enables me to go to Great Wymondley where they have a service at the same time as we do.

To all of you who have a part to play in the life and mission and ministry of St Ippolyts Church, this is my chance to record my thanks, there are many, many jobs that need to be done for a church to

a) have a building that looks so lovely and well cared for

b) have so many welcoming services that run smoothly

so to all of you – thank you.

Over the year of 2014 in St Ippolyts we welcomed  folk to 8 Baptisms and 11 weddings, and sadly we have hosted 16 funerals, at the church, churchyard, cemetery or Crematoriums. These are always occasions when I as your Vicar get to walk alongside parishioners at important times of their lives and it is for me a great privilege to share such moments. We have 6 wedding booked for this year and already 2 booked for 2016.

As a benefice in 2014 we continued to join with the congregation of St Mary’s in Great Wymondley every time there was a fifth Sunday in the month, and 2014 was our turn to host the benefice service for Ascension day morning. Whenever we have a service for the Benefice please know you are all welcome to come even if it isn’t in St Ippolyts Church. Up until the end of 2014 we supported Great Wymondley church as it was the smallest congregation in our benefice, but since that congregation is now growing, which is good news, I have decided that this year 2015, all the Benefice 5th Sunday services will be in Little Wymondley to try and help support that congregation. Our first this year was Palm Sunday when we had a procession with two donkeys through Little Wymondley village, thank you to all of you who supported that event.

I continue to take Holy Communion to the two nursing homes in our parish, once a month, and occasionally I have been called by family members or nursing home staff to say prayers with residents who are near death. At Gosmore care home we had a special service for Christmas Carols and for Harvest festival. In 2015 I would like us at St Ippolyts to host an afternoon service on a weekday for the residents of our two nursing homes, since we now have our disabled access and it would be easier for the homes’ staff to bring residents into church. I think this may happen in July 2015 so do please look out for details and support that if you can.

This would be one way we could make our faith more visible on days other than Sundays. For the church, that’s you and me, does not exist just on Sundays, anymore than our Christian faith only exists on Sundays. Sundays are important I know and worshipping with others is important, but worship exists at other times than Sunday mornings or evenings. Take Toddlers’ services, every Friday during school term time, the numbers attending are never huge but over the course of a year these services give a time and place for our very young and their carers to come and worship at ease, Friday is their Sunday and that is good I think.

Wednesdays during Lent and the first Wednesdays in the other months, is in a way becoming a church, a gathering of like minded people – those who enjoy good food and good company. If you have never come along to a community lunch do please think about it, interestingly, just like church, some people sit in the same seats every month at the lunches. Unlike church services there are no hymns or prayers, but the cooks praises are sung every time and concerns expressed for each other, especially if someone has missed a few months through illness, prayers indeed but in a different way from formal ‘church’.

Tuesday mornings in school term time we host a coffee club here in this church building, mostly the people who come are Mums or carers who have just taken their children to St Ippolyts school, but like all our events and services here in church, it is not an exclusive club, anyone can come. It would be lovely if some of you older ones would come, with years of experience of children and the growing pains etc, you may just have some good tricks of the trade to pass on to the young mums.

Wednesday mornings at 11am we have a communion service here, numbers vary from 6 -11, it is good to have a quiet service when there isn’t the rush for your vicar to get away to another church as happens most Sundays. We often share joys and sorrows and ‘chew’ over the scriptures too. If you have never been, why not come along, especially if you are not able to come one Sunday.

Wednesday evenings if you listen out you can hear our bell ringers practising. Our bell ringers call us to prayer and call our church and faith to the attention of our community, and on some days across the wedding season they announce to the world a marriage has taken place and a new couple have been added to our family and register.

So you see we as a church do operate on other days as well as Sundays, and at other times than 8am, 9.30am , 11am or 6.30pm.

We are well known as being a welcoming church to new comers but how well do we really get to know those who come to church as new Christians or enquirers. Perhaps there is someone you have seen a couple of times but are not sure of their name, why not ask them, chat to them and involve them in an activity you already help out in. It may be cleaning the church, mowing the churchyard, hoisting the flag at festivals, making the refreshments after the services or helping with fundraising events. If we always keep everything to ourselves and fail to share the workload one of two things happens, either those who are doing the work, wear out and give up or those who are new think everything is fine because nobody has asked them to join in. Neither of these two are my preferred way of being church.

For just as Jesus was and is there for everyone, so is St Ippolyts church. Yet again the Vicar’s report has turned into a sermon. I make no apology.

Two more things,

When it comes to the presentation of  the accounts, that have already been accepted by the PCC, you will notice we do have some money in reserves and investments, however, our day to day income is still less than our day to day expenses, so may I take this opportunity first to thank you for your generosity to the mission and ministry of the church and to the upkeep of this church building, secondly to ask that every year you revisit your giving, it’s so easy to keep putting the same amount in each time you come to church, but as we all know from our general housekeeping costs continue to rise, so if you are able to, please think about increasing your giving 

One easy way would be take out a standing order from your bank to St Ippolyts Church bank account, this way it means that there are less envelopes to open and record by sidesmen and women after the services, less paperwork for our wonderful Treasurer, there is less cash kept on church premises, always a good thing for security purposes and we wouldn’t need to buy so many envelopes so there would in fact be a slight reduction in the church expenses. I would urge you to give the subject some thought. We do not pay to worship God, we give because God gave us his Son, Jesus, and because we want to show in our lives what we know to be true that we are made in God’s image, a God who gives because he loves us so much.

And finally I have a challenge to you; I really would like to see a kitchen and proper accessible toilet facilities within this church building, especially as we now offer accessible entrance via the north door and slope. So if there is anyone out there that might rise to the challenge of such a building project please let me know. When we met with our new architect last year he quickly came up with an idea of where we could site a toilet without too much building work, it is just someone to grasp the vision that is needed, and I am sure money as well as drains would flow.

I have gone on long enough for another year, But thanks for listening, and sharing with me in the mission and ministry of the church.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Fifth Sunday after Easter

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Fourth Sunday after Easter

As we progress through the Easter Season the traditional

Easter Greeting to everyone still is;

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

 

 

Services and Events in the near future in the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

Wednesday 6th May  11am - Holy Communion at St Ippolyts Church 12.45pm - 2pm Community Lunches in St Ippolyts Parish Hall

Wednesday 6th May 3pm - 4.30pm - Tea at Three at Great Wymondley Village Hall

Wednesday 6th May 7.45pm - St Mary’s Hitchin, the Archdeacon’s visitation service when our Churchwardens are ‘sworn in’. Come along and support them.

Thursday 7th - Don’t forget to Vote!!

Thursday 7th 12noon - Luton Crematorium. Funeral of Margaret Wines RIP

Friday 8th May 11am - Toddlers’ service at St Ippolyts Church

Saturday 9th May 11am-2pm The Plant Sale! at St Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley. Do come along and support us at our first fundraising event of the year. Lots of wonderful plants for sale, plus Cakes and preserves. Tea and coffee also on sale

Sunday 10th May 3pm -St Ippolyts Church a concert given by Jayne Mason and Friends.

Wednesday 13th May Baptism Preparation Evening, 7.30pm at the Vicarage

The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’, is for all of us. It is now available on line. To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

See our St Ippolyts website for lots of up to date news and articles www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

Sunday 10th  May Services

9.30am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

9.30am Special service for Rogation day in St Mary’s church Great Wymondley.

The visiting speaker will be a spokesperson for the charity ‘Farm Africa’ and we will be joined at 10am by the Letchworth Morris men and then we shall process around the village asking for God’s blessing on the crops in the fields and the gardens.

6.30pm Evensong at St Ippolyts

No service at Little Wymondley on Sunday 10th May

Christian Aid Quiz Night at Christchurch on Saturday 9 May at 7.30pm. Fish/sausage and chip supper or vegetarian option. Tickets £10, no food £4. Teams of 6-8 encouraged. Tickets available from Sue (452985) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holy Saviour Church:

Sunday 10 May at 3.00pm.

"Church Secrets - what to look for: with particular reference to Holy Saviour" - A talk by Richard Taylor, TV presenter and author of "How to read a church"

Admission £8, including refreshments . For tickets and further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01462 646257.

Thursday 14th May Ascension Day = Our Benefice service this year will be at 7.30am at St Mary’s church, Little Wymondley, followed by breakfast in the churchyard or cooked at a house in church path ( depending on the weather!).. Everybody welcome

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The new PCC!!

A new PCC has been elected; take a look at 'Who we are' on this web site to see the new members of the Parochial Church Council 

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Plant Stall to raise money for our Church

As part of the 'Open Gardens Day' we will be selling plants at St Ippolyts Parish Hall to raise money for St Ippolyts Church. If you are dividing plants or planting seeds this spring we would be delighted if you could keep some for us to sell on our stall. 

We are also considering selling secondhand garden / flower books. If you have any that you wish to dispose of please place them in a collecting box which will be at the back of the Church. Thank you

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Roger Cox retires as our Churchwarden!!

After 9 years as Churchwarden Roger has decided to let others take over the important role as Churchwarden in our Church. At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting today (26th April 2015) Revd Ann paid tribute to the work that Roger has carried out for St Ippolyts Church not only as Churchwarden but all the additional duties he has taken under his wing. Roger has been a common sight in his boiler suit climbing up a ladder to replace light bulbs, clean gutters and carry out regular inspections of the church fabric. Roger has always been on hand to supply warming mead after Christmas Carol services, breakfast after Ascension Day services, Bar-B-Que s at various times throughout the year, a careful hand to ensure our clock is working properly etc, etc, the list of jobs is endless.

 

Of course Roger is not leaving us, he is carrying on into his 26th year on the PCC, Yes 26 years! Will he ever retire?

 

Michael Hooper who carries on as Churchwareden together with Jane Veasey posed the question that whilst Roger had been magnificent in all the roles he had carried out, had he kept the congregation and Vicar under control, a very important role of any Churchwarden?  

 

Roger was presented with a Arthur Sibun painting of our church as a gift from the congregation showing the appreciation all had for his sterling work.

 

Yes a big thank you to Roger!!

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Third Sunday after Easter

As we progress through the Easter Season the traditional Easter Greeting to everyone is;

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

 

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Ippolyts Church is today following the 9.30am service.

 

Services and Events in the near future in the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

Monday 27th April 12.30pm                                    Funeral of George McPhee RIP at St John’s Cemetery Chapel, Hitchin.

Wednesday 29th  April 11:00am                            Holy Communion at St Ippolyts Church

Friday 1st May 11:00am                                          Toddlers’ service at St Ippolyts Church

Saturday 2nd May  2.30pm onwards,                    Spring Fair at Gosmore Care home. Please support this event. The funds raised will be used for social activities for the residents.

Wednesday 6th May 7.45pm, St Mary’s Hitchin.   The Archdeacons visitation service when our Churchwardens are ‘sworn in’ come along and support them.

Thursday 7th  May                                                                 Don’t forget to Vote!!

Thursday 7th May 12noon Luton Crematorium.   Funeral of Margaret Wines RIP

Sunday 10th May 3:00pm in St Ippolyts Church   A concert given by Jayne Mason and Friends. (More details will follow)

Wednesday 13th May 7:30pm                                 Baptism Preparation Evening at the Vicarage 

Sunday 3rd May Services

8:00am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts Church

09.30am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley

11:00am Baptism and Parish Praise at St Ippolyts. Please remember Joshua and his Godparents on this special day.

3:30pm Baptisms in St Ippolyts Church. Kirk-Sam, Klark-Anakin,Stanley and Teddy.

Please remember all of them in your prayers, thank you.

Christian Aid Quiz Night at Christchurch on Saturday 9 May at 7.30pm. Fish/sausage and chip supper or vegetarian option. Tickets £10, no food £4. Teams of 6-8 encouraged. Tickets available from Sue (452985) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taizé service at St Mark's As part of its celebration of St Mark's Day, St Mark's church is having a Taizé service today at 6.30pm.  This will include Taizé chants led by the choir, a reflection by Margaret Johnson of St Mary's, Pirton, and time for quiet devotion.  Members of all churches are very welcome to attend.

Holy Saviour Church: Sunday 10 May at 3.00pm. "Church Secrets - what to look for: with particular reference to Holy Saviour" - A talk by Richard Taylor, TV presenter and author of "How to read a church" Admission £8, including refreshments . For tickets and further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01462 646257.

 

 

Seeround is out now on line. The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’, is for all of us. It is now available on line.  To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

See our St Ippolyts website for lots of up to date news and articles

www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Second Sunday after Easter

As we progress through the Easter Season the traditional Easter Greeting to everyone is;

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will resume meetings on Wednesday 22nd April.  We meet from 2.30pm. till 3.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  We will be continuing our study of St. Luke's Gospel.  If you would like to join the group please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

SEEROUND

The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’ is for all of us. It is now available on line. To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

GENERAL ELECTION MEETING

General Election meeting at Christchurch, Hitchin 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22 April. Churches Together in Hitchin (CTH) is arranging a hustings at which candidates for the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency will respond to questions put by members of churches.  So that the meeting will have a good structure, CTH would like to gather questions ahead of the date so if you would like to put one, please submit it by the end of Sunday 19 April to John Richardson - 01462 435595 or 07505 426876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Ippolyts Church will be on Sunday 26th April 10.45am in St Ippolyt Church following on from the 9.30am service. Please make every good effort to attend this important meeting

OUR CHURCH WEB SITE

See our St Ippolyts website for lots of up to date news and articles www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

SERVICES & EVENTS

Services and Events in the near future in the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

Monday 20th 6pm St Ippolyts Parish Hall  – the Cub group AGM

Tuesday 21st April 12.30pm Harwood Park Crematorium Funeral of Ronald Standley RIP

Wednesday 22nd  11am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

Wednesday 25th April ‘Fair in the Square’ in Hitchin Market Square. A fair to support all our local Primary schools including St Ippolyts and Wymondley schools.

Monday 27th April 12.30pm Funeral of George McPhee RIP at St John’s Cemetery Chapel, Hitchin.

Saturday May 2nd 2.30pm onwards, Spring Fair at Gosmore Care home. Please support this event. The funds raised will be used for social activities for the residents.

THREE NOTICES FROM "CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HITCHIN"

1. Christian Aid Quiz Night at Christchurch on Saturday 9 May at 7.30pm. Fish/sausage and chip supper or vegetarian option. Tickets £10, no food £4. Teams of 6-8 encouraged. Tickets available from Sue (452985) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Taizé service at St Mark's As part of its celebration of St Mark's Day, St Mark's church is having a Taizé service at 6.30pm on Sunday 26 April.  This will include Taizé chants led by the choir, a reflection by Margaret Johnson of St Mary's, Pirton, and time for quiet devotion.  Members of all churches are very welcome to attend.

3. Holy Saviour Church: Sunday 10 May at 3.00pm. "Church Secrets - what to look for: with particular reference to Holy Saviour" - A talk by Richard Taylor, TV presenter and author of "How to read a church" Admission £8, including refreshments . For tickets and further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01462 646257.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, First Sunday after Easter

The traditional Easter Greeting to everyone is;

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Once again many thanksto everyone who helped in any way to make our churches look so beautiful over Easter.

Seeround

The April edition of Seeround is out now on line. The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’ is for all of us. It is now available on line.

To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

Prayer Group

Prayer group meeting on 13th April will be held at 8pm at 64 Westwood Avenue Hitchin and NOT at 9 Langbridge close as stated in PAX

General Election meeting

This is at Christchurch, Hitchin 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22 April.

Churches Together in Hitchin (CTH) is arranging a hustings at which candidates for the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency will respond to questions put by members of churches.  So that the meeting will have a good structure, CTH would like to gather questions ahead of the date so if you would like to put one, please submit it by the end of Sunday 19 April to John Richardson - 01462 435595 or 07505 426876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Services and Events in the near future in the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

Wednesday 15th 9.30am Harwood Park Crematorium Funeral – Hugh Russell RIP

Wednesday 15th 11am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

Wednesday 15th 2.30pm St Ippolyts Church – Thanksgiving Service for the life of Hugh Russell RIP

Friday 17th April 11.30am Memorial service in St Mary’s Church,  Little Wymondley for Phyllis Allardice RIP, followed by Burial of her ashes in the churchyard.

 

Sunday 19th April services

8.00 am Holy Communion St Ippolyts

9.30am Holy Communion with baptism St Ippolyts

Please remember Ferne, her parents and God parents, in your prayers as they prepare for this special day

11.00 am Parish Praise St Mary’s Little Wymondley

3.30pm Burial of Ashes in St Ippolyts Churchyard of Alan Rowan Robinson RIP.

No Service in Great Wymondley on 19th April

12.30 Tuesday 21st April 12.30pm Harwood Park Crematorium Funeral of Ronald Standley RIP.

 

Annual Parochial Church Meetings:  

St Mary’s Great Wymondley today, 12th April at 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service.

St Ippolyts Sunday 26th April 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service

Please make every good effort to attend these important meetings

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Alleluia, Christ is Risen! - Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

 

We extend our thanks today to The Revd Diane Fitzgerald Clark, for leading us through the services from Maundy Thursday to today, Easter Day.

Many thanks to everyone who has helped in any way to make our churches look so beautiful for this special day.

And thanks to all who helped at our Good Friday Worship and workshop in

St Ippolyts Parish Hall. All 31 adults and 19 children thoroughly enjoyed the activities and worship.

And thank you to all who helped and all who came to our Lent Lunches in St Ippolyts Parish Hall. The grand total raised was £551.64, (Actually we raised £641.64 as another £90 was raised last Wednesday!! M.S.H)  to be divided between the Missionary Charity ‘Us’ and Research into Motor Neurone Disease. Thank you.

Other notices

Seeround.

The April edition of Seeround is out now on line. The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’, is for all of us. It is now available on line. To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

General Election meeting

At Christchurch, Hitchin 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22 April. Churches Together in Hitchin (CTH) is arranging a hustings at which candidates for the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency will respond to questions put by members of churches.  So that the meeting will have a good structure, CTH would like to gather questions ahead of the date so if you would like to put one, please submit it by the end of Sunday 19 April to John Richardson - 01462 435595 or 07505 426876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 

Services and Events in the near future in the Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

Wednesday 8th April – there will NOT be a service today.

Thursday 9th April 1.45pm at Luton Crematorium, funeral of John Dyer RIP.

Thursday 9th 7pm Little Wymondley PCC meet at the Vicarage

Wednesday 15th 9.30am Harwood Park Crematorium Funeral – Hugh Russell RIP

Wednesday 15th 11am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

Wednesday 15th 2.30pm St Ippolyts Church Thanksgiving Service for the life of Hugh Russell RIP

Friday 17th April 11.30am Memorial service in St Mary’s Church,  Little Wymondley for Phyllis Allardice RIP, followed by Burial of her ashes in the churchyard.

Tuesday 21st April 12.30pm Harwood Park Crematorium Funeral of Ronald Standley RIP

Annual Parochial Church Meetings:  

St Mary’s Great Wymondley Sunday 12th April at 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service.

St Ippolyts Sunday 26th April 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service

( there is still time to make sure you are on the church electoral roll for St Ippolyts and to nominate people for places on PCC or as Churchwardens. The nominations board is up at the back of the church.)

Please make every good effort to attend these important meetings

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SSSSSSSSSh - Its Easter! from Revd Ann

SSSSSSSSSSSShhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shall I tell you something? There’s to be an election next month? Oh did you already know?

 Like me no doubt, you have become a little tired of the same old subjects being talked about over and over again, promises, promises, all we have to do is vote on the big judgement day and everything will be just as we would like it to be.

Well maybe not, but even so I do hope you will use your democratic right and place a cross against someone’s name on 7th May. For if you don’t vote you will have no good reason to complain about the next government! Enough of my election soapbox.

This month of April begins with the wonderful days from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day, when once again we hear the same old subjects being talked about, Jesus washing his disciples feet, to show he came to serve others, Jesus sharing bread and wine with his friends and leaving us with a lasting memorial that week by week is re-presented in churches throughout the world, and Jesus having a cross placed against him and dying for you and me so that when the great Judgement day comes everything will be just as God would like it to be.

At our Easter Eve service in St Mary’s Great Wymondley the exclamation will be made;     

                                                                     ‘Alleluia Christ is risen!’ and everyone will reply ‘He is risen indeed, Alleluia!’   

 

The words have been said and sung over and over again at so many Easter Services but unlike election manifestos and party politics, the words ‘Alleluia Christ is risen!’ are words I never tire of hearing. God’s promise has been kept, love has conquered even death itself.

This time of year sees us busy in our gardens, the birds sing out, the hedges and trees come into leaf and the sound of the lawnmower is heard! Oh to be in England on a lovely spring day. Some of you will know that every Sunday afternoon I sit down and listen to gardener’s question time. Again and again the same subjects come up, the seed packets promise us success everytime, but we of course know differently. And how do you deal with slugs, expensive copper bands on the ornamental pots, grit around the hostas or special ‘slug pubs buried in the ground.  No, what they need is one of my ‘girlies’, there’s a whole new meaning to a hen party. Maybe that’s one party I would vote for!

I like to think my ‘girlies’ know the true meaning of Easter, their eggsclamation everyday, if we could just translate it, is I am sure, ‘Alleluia Christ is risen! (the vicar’s woken up and our food is on it’s way’).

I hope you will join in theirs and my song this Easter, at one of our churches, for as St Augustine sung all those years ago ‘We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song’.

Much love

Reverend Ann

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Holy Week, News sheet from Revd. Ann

.                                                                        Holy Week Services

Monday 30th 8pm Bible Reading and Compline ( a quiet service) at St Ippolyts

Tuesday 31st 8pm Bible Reading and Compline at St Mary’s Great Wymondley

Wednesday 1st April 8pm Bible Reading and Compline at St Mary’s Little Wymondley

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper. After this service there will be the opportunity to stay for silent prayer.

Good Friday 10am St Ippolyts Parish Hall, beginning with Hot Cross Buns and coffee/tea A service for all the family, complete with activities, songs, readings and prayers.

Good Friday 2pm-3pm Solemn liturgy in

St Ippolyts Church as we remember

Jesus’ last hour on the cross.

Easter Eve 8.30pm – 10pm

in St Mary’s Church Great Wymondley. Join with us as we celebrate the ‘ceremonies’ of Easter. A unique service of readings, hymns, and the drama of darkness and light. A time to renew our baptismal vows, and to receive Holy Communion. And at the end of the service, to celebrate with Champagne and Simnel Cake. If you have never been to this unique service how about trying it this year. (There will be incense used)

Easter Day Services

8am Holy Communion

St Ippolyts

9.30am Holy Communion 

St Mary’s 

Little Wymondley

11am Parish Praise and Communion

St Ippolyts Church

Services and Events in the near future

Wednesday 1ST April 9.15-10.30am

St Ippolyts School Easter Service, in school and church.

12.45pm The last of our Lent lunches in

St Ippolyts Parish Hall

Maundy Thursday 11am St Albans Abbey  Chrism Mass at this service Readers, and clergy renew their vows, and all the oils for Baptisms, and anointing services this coming year are blessed. All are  welcome to attend.

Thursday  End of term for the children of

St Ippolyts and Wymondley Schools, we wish them a happy Easter Holiday.

Saturday 4th – from 9am we will be decorating St Ippolyts church, please come and help, and make the church look really lovely for Easter. St Mary’s at Great and St Mary’s at Little Wymondley will also be decorated this morning so please join in.

Wednesday 8th April – there will NOT be a service today.

Thursday 9th April 1.45pm at Luton Crematorium, funeral of John Dyer RIP.

Thursday 9th 7pm Little Wymondley PCC meet at the Vicarage

##    A date for your diary    ##

The Archbishop of Canterbury,

The Most Revd Justin Welby

will be visiting our Diocese from 18th-20th June. We are hoping to have a coach to go to the special service on Saturday 20th June in St Albans Abbey. Please sign up on list at the back of the churches by 31st March, thank you. Cost -  £5

The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’,

is forall of us. It is now available on line.

To sign up (no charge) go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround

Annual Parochial Church Meetings: -

St Mary’s Great Wymondley Sunday 12th April at 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service.

St Ippolyts Sunday 26th April 10.45am following on from the 9.30am service

Please make every good effort to attend these important meetings

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Sunday School

Sunday School 19th April with Cathy Beach, our theme will Baptism.

Please bring along any photographs or momentos (such as a candle or certificate) if your child has been baptised

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Support 'Wateraid- with Jars of Change!!

Support Jars of Change this Lent and turn your small change into safe water.

Our Lent Appeal this year in our Benefice of St Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley will be for the charity Water Aid. See www.wateraid.org/uk/lent for more details and to watch a video about their work and Lent Appeal.

Water Aid asks us - could you go without safe water for 40 days? No one should have to go without safe clean water. This year will you donate the money you save by giving something up for Lent to help bring safe, clean water to communities around the world?

Try swapping tea, coffee or soft drinks or beer for the clean tap water we have in the UK. Collect the money you save in a jar and bring it on Sunday 19th to St Ippolyts Church or Sunday 12th to Great Wymondley church, both services will be at 9.30am, You could have a different jar for each member of the family and see who raises the most!

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