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Jubilate Choir - "Joy to the World", 29th January 2018.

We are delighted to announce that the Jubilate Choir will be performing in St Ippolyts Church at 19:00 on 29th January 2018. This is the performance we had to cancel before Chriustmas because of the atrocious weather. John Edwards and his wonderful choir will providing us with carols and seasonal offerings from around the world. Tickets, on the door, £6.00 and this includes wine and nibbles afterwards! Do come and join us it will be a sensational evening!

 

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Friends of St Ippolyts Church, Clearing Christmas Decorations, Monday 8th January 2018 at 09:30

Remember that the Friends are meeting at Church to clear the Christmas Decorations

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Christingle Service Sunday 7th January 2018 at 09:15

Everyone Welcome!

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Weekly Pew Sheet, The Sunday after Christmas, 31st December 2017

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A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Rev Ginni and St Ippolyts Church PCC wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Remember we have a Christingale Service on 7th January and we look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service.

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PEW SHEET - Christmas Day

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Third Sunday in Advent, 17th December 2017

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Jubilate Choir Performance - CANCELLED

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Jubilate Choir performance tonight due to the weather conditions.

We hope to rearrange the performance to a date in January.

If you have purchased a ticket and wish for a refund ring either Shelagh Cox on 01462 432445  or Jane Veasey on 01462 434254.

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09:15 Holy Communion goes ahead in spite of the snow.

15 adults and 3 children braved the first snow of this winter to attend the 09:15 Holy Communion today. Revd Ginni lead a well wrapped congregation several of whom had walked to church. Photos of the church in snow can be seen in our gallery.

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Second Sunday in Advent - 10th December 2017

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The Comet features our Nativity Crib Festival

Our Crib festival is now featured in the Comet and its web site. Follow the link http://www.thecomet.net/news/st-ippolyts-church-s-nativity-crib-festival-kicks-off-advent-1-5307163

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Revd Ginni, stars in a living crib!

Revd Ginni dispalys all the attributes of a budding film star as she took on the roll of "I do not know what" in our living crib at this weekends Crib Festival.

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6th December, Holy Communion at 11:00 is Cancelled.

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Crib Festival, a roaring success

Our 2017 Crib Festival stepped up from previous years with over 187 cribs on display. This year thanks to Paul Pinkstone, Andrew Russell, Dee Soden and Jeff Phillips we had a living crib where visitors could dress up and be part of an actual crib. Everyone had loads of fun dressing up as Joseph and Mary, Angels and Wise men. 

Of course we must thank Barbara Thomas, Mary Hooper, and Jane Veasey who arranged and organised the festival, all the  helpers who manned the festival over weekend and all those who lent their cribs to make everything so successful. Without all the hard work from an army of people our crib festival would not be so enjoyable.

If you missed it this year, do come along in 2018, it is such fun!

You can see a selection of photos from the festival in our galleryIMG 9733 Dee as an angel at St Ippolyts Church 2nd December 2017-9733

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Our Crib Festival starts this Saturday and lasts two days, Mr Men meet Shrek in Bethlehem!

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Our Wonderful Nativity Crib Festival is next Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December.

Our wonderful Nativity Crib Festival is now in its 10th Year!

If you’ve still never been come along and see why for so many it now marks the start of the festive season.  The church will be filled with crib sets (over 150 last year) and the variety is truly astounding.  Big and small, old family treasures and newly bought or even home-made, they come from all over the world (well almost) and are made from everything from wood to newspaper, metal to glass and from banana leaves to citrus peel (yes really!).

Beside each crib is a card telling its own unique “story”.  Which one will you like best?  It might be the shepherd from one made of newspaper that had its nose nibbled by mice in the attic.  Or perhaps the olive wood one owned by a local

farmer whose grandchildren scour the house each year for ornaments of farm animals to add to the scene.  Or possibly the one hand made from Fimo by a youngster who ran out of time and patience and who has never managed to 

make a third king?

Tea and delicious cakes will be available in our little “café” area and you will

have the chance to win your own crib.  Entry is £2.50 and children are free.

If you have a crib set that you would like to lend us (it doesn’t have to be new 

and glamorous, the old, tatty ones often have a wonderful “story”) or if you are 

able to distribute flyers or posters please contact Barbara at 'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.')%3B">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01462-421647.

If you are able to help steward over the weekend or to provide a home baked

cake please keep your eyes open for the sign-up sheets at the back of the church.

 
 
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Weekly Pew Sheet, Sunday next before Advent, 26th November 2017

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ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING

ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING

It is the time of year when we offer the opportunity for you to sponsor the church floodlighting for the coming year.  It was installed just in time for Christmas 1999 and has run every evening since then apart from some Good Fridays.  Maintenance is a problem now as the luminaries originally purchased are no longer available.  If you would like to sponsor a week or more to celebrate an anniversary, or an event,

it is still £15 per week.  There is a sign-up board at the back of church and an associated calendar showing the week numbers.  We would appreciate having cheques as it is easier to see who has paid.  These should be given to Roger Cox.

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On being busy - Revd. Ginni Dear

How many of you have ever watched The Simpsons?  I have never been much of a fan but I have often used the catchphrase of one of the characters, Homer Simpson, the one where he exclaims ‘D’oh!’ whenever he realises

he’s done something stupid or not noticed the obvious!

I had a ‘D’oh!’ moment when I went to the Post Office the other day to post one parcel and collect another one.  It had been a busy week, I was rushing around gradually getting grumpier and moaning to anyone who would listen about how busy I was so I wasn’t best pleased to see a huge queue in front of me.  Sighing inwardly I joined the queue, mentally noting how slowly everyone seemed to be moving and wishing they would keep their jolly conversations with the counter staff to a minimum to speed things up!  I smiled outwardly of course, mainly because I was wearing my clericals and nobody wants to see a tetchy vicar!!!

Finally, it was my turn and I handed my parcel over to be posted, closely followed by the card that indicated the package I had come to collect.  ‘Oh I’m sorry’ said the cashier, ‘you have to collect parcels from that counter over there’.  I turned to where she was pointing and was greeted by a queue longer than the one I had just been standing in.  I confess that my smile did not reach my eyes and I’m not sure I managed to hide my displeasure completely as I flounced (my mum tells me I do that!) to join the back of the ‘collection queue’.

I stood behind a little old lady who looked far too cheerful for a dreary Monday morning and prepared to waste another twenty minutes in impatient grumpiness.  Alas, or so I thought at the time, my clerical collar seemed to be an invitation to engage in conversation (I told you I was grumpy!!) and the little old lady started to chat.  ‘How lovely to see a young lady of the cloth’ she remarked, winning me over from the word ‘young’ and proceeding to tell me about her life from birth to the present day!!

Despite her cheerfulness, it turns out that this little old lady had had quite a harrowing life with much grief and hardship along the way but she told her story without a hint of bitterness, frequently saying how grateful she was for the many blessings she had received, including the chance to have a conversation with me that morning as she had no family and hadn’t spoken to anyone since the last time she was shopping three days ago.

That was the ‘D’oh!’ moment.  The moment that God dropped the thought into my head that my life really wasn’t all about the micro-universe I had chosen to inhabit that morning, the one that revolved solely around my needs and my wants.  My impatience to get through my busy day was blinding me to the joy that could be had within that busy-ness, moment by moment.  I was rushing to get to the end of the day without cherishing the minutes and hours along the way.

Before I knew it, it was my turn to be served at the counter and I hadn’t noticed the length of my wait, thanks to the little old lady with the beaming smile who took the time to jolt me out of my grumpiness and who had unknowingly changed the mood of my whole week for the better.

It was a timely reminder as the church begins the season of Advent, the season of expectation and anticipation, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ in his incarnation.  It’s a busy time for all of us and it is so easy to get swept up in our ever-increasing ‘to do’ lists as we look ahead to Christmas Day.  But before Christmas, comes Advent.  God’s invitation to be patient, to prepare and take stock and to anticipate, with growing excitement, the joy that is promised through our saviour, Jesus Christ.

So, I thank God for that little old lady, and I pray that we may each be reminded to enter into the joy that is offered in every moment of our day.

In our busy-ness, in our quiet times, in our obviously happy moments and

in the times where there seems little to be happy about, Christ walks with each of us, patiently waiting for us to notice his presence.

May you too have many ‘D’oh!’ moments!!!  I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year.

                                                        With love - Ginni

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