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Quiz Evening and Quiz sheets

Over 110 people attended our annual Quiz in the Parish Hall to raise money for the Church. Fifteen teams battled it out answering a wide variety of questions set by Mary Hooper. In the end infiltrators from Clifton and the surrounding area usurped the home teams to win by 1 point. The quizmaster, Michael Hooper, assured everyone he had not been bribed with offers of free drinks to give the winning team the answers. 

A big thank you to everyone who helped and gave prizes for the raffle. Special thanks to the Jane and Jennifer Veasey who, ably assisted by Kath Burt and Jane Guppy, supplied the teams with a sumptuous ploughmans supper and Brian and Hilary Leonard who ran the bar!

Now our annual quiz is over do not forget that the 2014 St Ippolyts Church quiz sheets are on sale for £1 from the village store or Michael Hooper. This years quiz theme is Sport. Buy a quiz sheet and be frustrated trying to unravel the mind of the setter. He certainly has a warped mind! There is a £10 prize for the person who answers the most questions correctly by the end of December.

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One day at a time

As children go back to school it seems all eyes are set towards Christmas. On entering a shop on 10th September what did I see? Rows of Christmas cards! Leaflets have already come in the post advertising special ideas for Christmas services, catalogues have arrives for those Christmas presents you always knew you wanted to buy and pubs have started advertising Christmas dinners! Why is it we always seem to look to the future while living in the present? Can't we just slow down a little and take "one day at a time, sweet Jesus" to quote a certain country and western female singer from yersteryear.


The words of the Lord's Prayer say "give us today our daily bread", and I remember a lecturer telling us the original words used in the Greek New Testament can be translated "Give us bread, enough for today", food for the present yes, but no great store for tomorrow, please. We are reminded of the story of Moses and the Manna, that almost miraculous substance that appeared each day in the desert when the people of God were travelling to their promised land. Instructions were given to gather just enough for the day, and folk found that if they gathered more, then the surplus went bad and was good for nothing. Except for the Manna that appeared on the day before the Sabbath, then folk could gather two days worth and somehow it stayed fresh.


At the end of this month comes "Bible Sunday" and the collect - the special prayer prayed at all the services - will ask God to help us to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures. I think we should take the Lord's Prayer as an example of how we should read the Bible, and pray that we may read "just enough" for today, ... each day, ... each day, ... each day. I remember when I was a small child sitting with my parents as they read their daily portion of the Bible, just enough for that day. Too much and it would seem indigestible and the extra would seem to be of no use, too little would have us wanting to hear more. Just enough for today was the right amount.


All of us are guilty of storing up goods as we look to the future, and we would find it very difficult if each day we had to go and buy all we needed, just for that day. And yet the idea of looking to Christmas in September still seems a little indigestible to me. Let's mark harvest, bonfire night, buy our poppies and advent candles first, before we start buying for Christmas, surely that seems only right. But that's probably enough for today. "One day at a time sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you", my lovely parishioners, and have a happy October.

Reverend Ann




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St Ippolyts Church - At the End of the Rainbow


St Ippolyts Church at the end of the rainbow


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New Beginnings

It seems odd but this ninth month of the year always seems like a good time to make a new beginning, a fresh start, almost like a new year. It probably dates back to the time when harvests had been gathered in by now and the work had been done which would hopefully keep folk alive throughout the coming winter. And to the history of the school year always starting in September.It's also a time when we look forward to the beginning of spring as we plant those lovely daffodils.

Each new year brings with it hopes and dreams, promises and resolutions. Thie time last year I had finished my Sabbatical and had resolved not to work so hard! Well, we all break resolutions! All of us that is, except God. For God promises to be with us, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of plenty and in times of need, at the beginning of each year and at each harvest.

What hopes and dreams, promises and resolutions will you be making this year?

Happy autumnal beginnings and harvests - Reverend Ann

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Well What d'ya know?

This was a question I was asked every week by dear old John when I worked on a fuchsia nursery. John had been the foreman there for years and knew all there was about growing fuchsias, and how the nursery ran, and after his retirement I took his job, but he still came in once a week, and his ‘Good Morning’ to me was always ‘Well, what d’ya know?’, of course he really knew the answer – not a lot, as I was forever discovering some of his knowledge day by day as I worked there.

This month St Ippolyts Church and St Mary’s Church Great Wymondley will give you the opportunity to have a look at that question, ‘Well what d’ya know’, about the church, about God and about some of our ancestors here in our villages that went off to war 100 years ago.

On 21st and 22nd June from 11am -4pm we will be holding a Discovery Weekend, when we will have old registers on display dating from before the beginning of World War One, we are hoping to discover the baptism records of the men who died in WW1. Also we shall be displaying the many vestments worn by Revd Ann and fellow priests in the church, and the silver and brass will be on display with explanations to help you answer ‘Well what d’ya know?’.

Also at St Ippolyts we will be asking everyone who comes into the Discovery Day exhibition to add a stitch to our new St Ippolyts Church banner, so come along and discover for yourself the wonderful design by Victoria Webster, showing the cherry blossoms, the horses and our saint Hippolytus and the church.

At St Mary’s Little Wymondley the church will be open especially on Sunday 22nd in the afternoon for ‘Tea and Tours’. Refreshments will be available with members of the church who will willingly show you round our dear church and tell something of its history.

The churches in our Benefice are always open every day for you to come in. Our Discovery Weekend may be just the opportunity you have waited for to help answer that question from dear old John.

I hope to see you there.

Confirmation – Confirmation ‘classes’ or ‘groups’ are a way of learning more about the Christian Faith. The service of Confirmation is when you confirm with your own mouth the promises made on your behalf by your Godparents at your Christening . It is never too late to be Christened or Confirmed, so if you are thinking ‘I’d like to know more’ then please contact Revd Ann 0146245752 and together we will explore the question ‘Well,what d’ya know’, not about fuchsias or nurseries this time, but about Jesus. For it is Jesus to whom we are Christ-likened when we are Christened, and it is Jesus who gives us an example to follow so we can grow into good Christian folk. Together we can discover many things about God, ourselves and our world and our church.

Have fun discovering much in June

Revd Ann

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