St Stephen's Newsletter - March 2018

By Editor, Mar 19 2018 08:00AM

Services for March 2018

Sun. 4th 9.30am Holy Communion

Sun. 11th 9.30am Holy Communion

Sun. 18th 9.30am Holy Communion

Wed. 21st 8.00pm Evening Prayer and Study

Sun. 25th 9.30am Palm Sunday - Holy Communion

Fri. 30th 2.00 to 3.00pm Good Friday. The Journey of the Cross

Sat. 31st 8.00pm Holy Saturday. Easter Vigil Service

Sun. 1st 9.30am Easter Day. Holy Communion

As I write this morning it is a glorious spring day, totally unlike the week in which Women’s World Day of Prayer took place at St. Martin’s. Janet has spoken about how lovely the service was and of Margaret Marsh’s contribution. She also praised Ruth for the enormous amount of work and dedication given by her to enable the success of the morning. Janet gave further praise and thanks to Linda for all her help with Janet’s ‘paperwork’.

I too could pay tribute to Margaret’s powers of persuasion. Once, recounting the story of Martha and Mary during a children’s service, wearing an apron and wielding a broom, Margaret convinced my little granddaughter, Sian to whisper that - ‘Jesus is talking in that little room next door, Nana.’ I wish! It was a moment still to treasure, though Sian is now seventeen.

Children were also on the menu at Pat’s first Lenten lunch when boxes were gathered in and all contributions were gratefully received on behalf of the Children’s Society. Sadly the weather has impinged a little on numbers this year but everyone has chosen to concentrate on two old favourites to receive their donations – the Children’s Society and Send a Cow. These two subjects are dear to the hearts of most people in both St. Stephen’s and the Village. Pat’s original Send a Cow campaign really captured the imagination of Villagers, is still remembered today, and regarded as a very worthwhile and realistic cause to support.

Apologies, Pat, I have to mention your name once again. Pat also made a very large simnel cake for our Mothering Sunday service, which was delicious and much appreciated! This was a very joyful service, led by Adrian and attended by a lovely family grouping of children he had baptized. Frances and her family were mainly responsible for this group, a brilliant supporting cast of sister, brother, children, five gorgeous grandchildren and extended family members. They nearly filled St. Stephen’s on their own and Phoebe and her little sister were lovely at distributing the Mothering Sunday posies.

Meanwhile, little Ivy Irene Rainbow Marlene, another of Adrian’s babies, was very much in evidence too. Ivy has been a regular member of our family and participated in almost every service from the age of three weeks. Ivy celebrates her first birthday on Saturday so we send our love and wish her, Lauren, Irene and all their family a very happy day.

And finally, we now look forward to both the quiet contemplation and the joyful days of our Easter celebration. The dates and timings of all events have been widely circulated and everyone is most warmly welcomed to join us for any, or every, occasion.

So, wherever you may be this Eastertide, may we wish you all a joyous and peaceful celebration.

On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead

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