A wonderful community lunch was enjoyed by about 40 members of our community. A big thank you to all the ladies and Roger Cox for providing an exotic combination of Spanish Pork and fruit sponge.
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The Whitsun Bank holiday saw an absolutely splendid flower festival at St Ippolyts Church, everyone that came along agreed that it was superb and well worth the visit. Our 2016 St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival was based on the theme of a ‘Grand Day Out ‘ and there were displays depicting such events as a visit to the theatre, a day out at Royal Ascot, a day out at the test match and one display even depicted a trip to the moon! Now that would be a really Grand Day Out! Whatever the subject every floral display was truly wonderful and the variety added spark to the event.
The weather was kind to us even though Sunday and Monday mornings were a bit chilly. Nonetheless what with entrance takings, sales of teas and cakes, a grand raffle (won by Alison Dines!), sales of plants and books, and generous donations the church benefited from a grand total of £2460. Thank you to everyone who turned up to support us and to make all the hard work so worthwhile.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help out over the weekend by manning stalls, baking cakes, erecting marquees, mowing and strimming the churchyard etc., but most of all we must thank all the ladies who not only made the lovely floral arrangements but generously provided their own flowers. There must, however, be very special mention of all the work carried out by Mary Hooper who not only masterminded and managed the whole event, but also found the time to create at least seven of the wonderful arrangements.
The St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival is on for two more days. Come and see a splendid collection of flower arrangements depicted different days out. Then enjoy a cup of tea with delicious cake and maybe even buy some plants for your own garden. open from 11:00 to 17:00 Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May!
On the weekend of 11th and 12th June we officially celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. There never seems to have been a time when she was not our sovereign, and she seems to have broken every royal record in the book. Longest serving monarch - oldest reigning monarch - the most travelled monarch - the greatest and most loved monarch this (or any other) country has surely ever seen. One of my earliest memories is watching her coronation on a small black and white television in a neighbour's house, the picture blurred and flickering. It seemed to go on for ever and was thoroughly boring, so my friend and I spent much of the time chasing one another around the outside of the house with water pistols - to be exact bicycle pumps that could be filled with a satisfyingly large amount of water from the large square water butt placed conveniently by the back door. I wasn't a very nice small boy and we both got rather wet.
Now I am writing this on a computer, something that was utterly unheard of in those days. The rate of change in the 90 years that Her Majesty has graced this earth with her presence is greater even than the Industrial Revolution that we were taught about at school. It has been a time of racial, social, sexual, national and industrial revolution unlikely to be equalled. Amid it all there were the Sixties, an era when I was fortunate enough to be first at university then a young curate - a time of unprecedented religious liberation and revival. Now I see examples of the first cars I drove in museums, and my six year old granddaughter is teaching me to operate things that I would never have dreamed existed when I was her age. As we celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday we thank God for her,
for her dedication, her steadfastness, for the way that she represents all that is good in being British. A rock in a time
Change can be a very frightening thing. In the Church, in society, in our personal lives. We may have experienced a huge amount of it personally. Yet God never changes and the message preached by our church never changes. Perhaps the most sung and the most hackneyed hymn of all contains lines that we might remember at this time. ‘Change and decay in all around I see; In life, in death O Lord, abide with me.’ God never changes, his love never fails. He is always there for us; all we have to do is to reach out and know He is there.
This week during our vacancy we welcome the following clergy
The Revd Paul Lanham
The Revd Adrian Hinksman
Pauline Sadler (or Jean Boothby)
There will be a sale of garden plants at Little Wymondley Church on Saturday 14th May from 11:00 and 14:00
ROGATION SUNDAY SERVICE - Sunday 8th May Don’t forget that the annual Rogation Sunday service will be held on 8th May (instead of 1st May) as this is the Sunday when Great Wymondley has a service. There will be a walk around the village to bless the crops, fields and gardens accompanied by Letchworth Morris who will dance at various places on the way. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
ASCENSION DAY - Thursday 5th May
It is St. Mary’s Church Great Wymondley’s turn to hold the Benefice Ascension Day service at 7.30am. followed by a delicious breakfast in the churchyard if fine, or in the church if too cold or wet. Come and join us for this special day, on what will hopefully be a fine spring morning, before you go off to work or get on with your day. The Venerable Jonathan Smith will be taking this service.
The next Community Lunches will be on Wednesdays 4th May and 1st June from 12.45pm. till 2.00pm. in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall. (Serving time 12.45pm. till 1.00pm.) Cost £3. Everyone welcome.
It's very good news that our new vicar, Reverend Ginni Dear, will be with us this summer. That this is sooner than we dared to hope is thanks largely to the hard work and efficiency of our churchwardens who saw to it that the advertisement for a priest went into the Church Times promptly and got on quickly with preparing the Parish Profile, a document available to all applicants, setting out the needs and nature of the benefice. In addition, churchwardens and PCC members have to shoulder extra duties during a vacancy, not the least being to find priests and lay ministers to take the services week by week, and to ensure that the pattern of church activities continues as usual.
We are fortunate also in being given ready help from beyond our parishes. Constantly looking out for us are our Rural Dean, Reverend Jane, Archdeacon Jonathan and Bishop Michael and in addition we continue to benefit from the help given us by other clergy and by Readers who willingly take services for us. We are grateful for all this kindness from people who already are or because of the vacancy, have become our friends. Putting it another way, we acknowledge that we get by with a lot (not just a little) help from our friends.
Kindness, better known as love, is one of the seven virtues. Scholars tell us that by origin and moral standing the philosophical ones are Justice, Prudence, Temperance, and Fortitude. The theological ones are Faith, Hope and Love. Together these form the cardinal or chief virtues.
Kindness is an aspect of Love. Charity and courtesy, kindness and compassion, also reside in Love.
Hilaire Belloc put it this way;
Of Courtesy - it is much less than courage of heart or holiness;
Yet in my walks it seems to me that the Grace of God is in Courtesy.
Whichever word - kindness, charity, courtesy, compassion - is used to describe it, the Grace of heavenly Love is perfectly recognisable.
Surely it is the gift from God which brings us closer to Him, and to one another.