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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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Bishop Michael of Hertford to visit the Benefice, 20th May 2018.


Bishop Michael of Hertford will be coming to take our 9.15am. service at St. Ippolyts and our 11.00am. service at Little Wymondley on Sunday 20thMay - Pentecost.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come and hear what he has to say to us.


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TRUST, FAITH AND PATIENCE. A Thought from Paul Harding


I hope by the time everyone reads the May edition of Pax spring will really have arrived and we can put behind us the long torrid winter that we have suffered.  I sit writing this whilst Ginni is on her Easter break in Cornwall and I am tempted to choose Noah and his Ark as my theme but through the rain and gloom I do see glimmers of new growth appearing, so as tempted as I am, as always, towards boats I will resist and focus on the wonder of the new growth of spring.

As we scatter our seeds and hope for a good harvest in the months to come from our gardens, I am reminded of the parable of the sower in chapter 4 of Mark’s Gospel.  This seems to me to speak to us of what we are trying to do within our churches.  In St. Ippolyts with the increasing development of the links with the school children;  in the activities in the church and chapel in Little Wymondley;  in Great Wymondley as we seek new ways to welcome people into our church family through the work we are doing to repair, repaint and brighten the interior and through the physical flexibility we hope to create so enabling us to offer wider activities.

The parable teaches us about patience and trust, having sowed the seed, you have to rely on the soil, sun and water to help produce results.  Just as in the parable some of the seeds we sow will fall on rocky ground, others amongst thorns but with trust, patience and faith we can be rewarded with a rich harvest within our gardens as well as within our churches and communities.

Our family has endured much over the past year and we have experienced the gradual rewards of trust, faith and patience as Jackie recovers, as well as new growth with a lively grandson.  This was all made possible by the nurturing of family, friends, church and community that are the essence of the teaching in this parable.  All of which we thank God for and are forever grateful.

Little Wymondley parish has been studying the parables in their Lent group at Pat Fry’s house.  Whilst we are talking of Mark’s Gospel another opportunity where seeds of potential growth will be sown will be over the next few weeks on Monday evenings at The Croft in Great Wymondley.  We will be exploring the meaning of life through a greater understanding of Mark’s Gospel in our “Christianity Explored” study group led by Doug Richardson.

The seeds are planted in our hearts and are nurtured into life.  As with all things when we tackle the challenges in our gardens, in our lives and in our churches, we must trust God to make it happen.

               Best wishes for springtime - Paul Harding

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I am the Great Sun

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11:00 a.m. Holy Communion this Wednesday 25th April is CANCELLED

11:00 a.m. Holy Communion this Wednesday 25th April is CANCELLED

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Weekly Pew Sheet, The 3rd Sunday after Easter, 22nd April 2018

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We welcome Revd Don Dowling to St Ippolyts on 22nd April 2018

This next Sunday 22nd April we welcome Revd Don Dowling who will leading us in worship at the 09:15 Holy Communion Service.

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Weekly pew Sheet - The second Sunday after Easter (BCP), 15th April 2018

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Weekly Pew Sheet, Low Sunday, 8th April 2018

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St. Ippolyts PCC is still seeking someone to replace its

current Treasurer when she retires at the APCM in April. The task is an important one but not especially onerous.  Please consider whether you

or someone you know might be willing to take on this essential and worthwhile role.  For further information please contact me on H.457350, Jane Veasey on H.434254 or speak to any member of the PCC.

                                                                                      Michael Hooper

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Annual Church Meeting

“The Annual Parishioners Meeting” (to elect churchwardens) and “The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Parish of St. Ippolyts” will be held in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall at 7.45pm. on Thursday 26thApril.  Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the St. Ippolyts Church Electoral Roll may vote at the second meeting.

The meeting is the Church’s AGM and there will be a review of 2017 with reports from the Churchwardens, our Treasurer, and St. Ippolyts School, as well as the appointment of officers, sidesmen and independent financial examiners.  To make the evening ‘go with a flow’ there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles available.

The Church Electoral Roll is closed 15 days before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and this means Wednesday 11thApril 2018.  Please check on the roll, which is in a file at the rear of the church, to see that you are registered and your details are correct.  If you are not on the roll and wish to be, there are forms available at the back of church, which should then be handed to Michael Hooper, our Electoral Roll Officer, or Jane Veasey the other Churchwarden.

                                                                                         Michael Hooper

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A Dear Friend Returns

On the fifth Sunday this month, 29thApril at 11.00am.

we are delighted to welcome back The Reverend Ian Tattum to St. Mary’s, so

do come along to hear how he is getting on.  Ian was our Priest in Charge in 2001, after being at St. Ippolyts; we then became a united Benefice.  When he left he went on to a church in Wimbledon, where he still is today.

                                                                                    Rosemary Stratton

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Christianity Explored

Paul Harding and Doug Richardson are going to run a Christianity Explored course in Great Wymondley.  We aim to have two sessions a month during April, May and June starting on Monday 16thApril.

The course is basically a Bible Study in Mark’s gospel with a video talk and a discussion time using the course booklet.  It is arranged so that participants can be as involved in the discussion as much or as little as they are comfortable with.

We will start at 7.30pm. and finish at 9.30pm. at The Croft.

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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Differences, Revd Ginni Dear

How do you know when you’re old?  Is it when policemen suddenly start to look far too young?  Or when you catch yourself saying ‘they didn’t have those in my day’?  Perhaps it’s when your 21 year old daughter looks blank when you ask her if she has checked the oil in her car recently or shakes her head and leaves the room when you and your best friend start singing the theme tunes to your favourite childhood TV programmes?  

I’ve definitely passed all those milestones - and several more too - but I think I have noticed my age more since the arrival of my first grandson, Edward.  It isn’t that having a grandchild makes me feel older per se, but more that my reactions to the trappings of modern parenthood have me shaking my head in the same way that I remember my grandparents did when I first had my own children.

For starters, there’s the ‘pram’ - I mean, have you seen them these days?!!!  They are like something out of Star Wars!  Gone are the days when it took you half an hour to simply get the pram through the front door because it was so big and bulky.  These new-fangled things swivel on a sixpence (not that we have THEM anymore!), can easily be packed into the car boot, have more accessories than you could possibly use and require a mortgage just to buy one!! Mind you, I did provide some entertainment in the car park the other day when it took me twenty minutes and no end of muttering to actually get the flaming thing assembled!

Then there are the other things that the modern baby could not possibly survive without - disposable nappies (ok, definitely better than terries!), dummies that are attached to their bibs (which incidentally are now often triangular), baby swings which rock automatically, swaddle blankets, electric bottle warmers (haven’t they heard of Pyrex jugs and hot water!), baby bean bags (what’s wrong with a pillow!), sleep monitors.....and so on and so on!

But the one thing that actually had me open-mouthed in disbelief was the.....‘eating device’!  This is a small plastic handle with a mesh bag on the end.  Apparently, the idea is that you put a piece of apple in the mesh bag and the baby can chew on the apple without the risk of bits breaking off and choking him!!  I honestly don’t know whether this is a genius idea or whether the world has gone mad!!

Old or not, I am definitely enjoying being a grandma.  Seeing little Edward’s face light up when he sees me makes me realise afresh that it is the simple things in life that are often the most important, something that is all too easy to forget when I allow myself to get worked up over trivial things.

I’m looking forward to watching Edward grow and explore this wonderful world that we live in and I am sure that he will show me many more things that I have forgotten about in my busy-ness, simple pleasures that no amount of money can buy.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

       With love, Ginni xx

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Third Sunday in Lent, 4th March 2018

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Women's World Day of Prayer Service Postponed.

The womens world day of prayer service at Little Wymondley has been postponed to new date yet to be determined. This is because of the weather we are expereiencing at the moment. Watch this web site for futher news.

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St Ippolyts Church 100 club

The winners for February were:

                        No. 18              Gillian Russell              £20

                        No. 104             Diana Driver                £15

                        No. 10              Anne Scott                    £10

                                                                                         Shelagh Cox

As you can see, the organisation of the 100 Club has changed in that Jean Williams has, after many years, decided to hand the running of it on to me, Shelagh Cox.  I feel privileged to be given this task and I hope to run the club in the same, very successful way, that Jean instigated, and I will uphold the original aims of the Club.

So on behalf of all members of the 100 Club I would like to thank Jean very much for setting up the Club in 1990 and running it unfailingly for the benefit of members and the Church Fabric Fund.  New members always welcome so if you would like to join please contact me on 01462-432445 or email 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..

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Easter Lilies St Ippolyts

Decorating the Church for Easter will take place on Saturday 31st March from 9.30am.  All will be welcome to bring their flowers to arrange in the church and pre-arranged baskets are also welcome.  Tea, coffee and Hot Cross Buns will be served.  Please don’t forget to remove your arrangements and containers when

the flowers have faded.

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