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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Church news and views

Marnie Mitchell writes:

"Second sunday service, even with our new heating flat out, everybody said "isn't it cold!" After a good sermon and rousing hymns we all enjoyed  a hot drink. The weather was slightly warmer for evensong the following week, lay led by Lynn, Sylvia and Liz with lovely hymns and a short reflection taken from chapter 8 of Paul's letter to the Romans, based on God's creation and environmental issues. We were very  pleased to have some extra visitors at the service.  At our last service of the month it was a great pleasure to welcome Canon Roger Grey, where he preached  of the mountain top experience of Peter, James and John during the Transfiguration of Jesus.

The annual World Woman's Day of Prayer was as usual a brilliant affair with many ladies from all the churches taking part. The theme this year was "Unfairness".  We in the west really have nothing to complain about compared to those in harsh conditions in some parts of the Phillippines, it was very  thought provoking,and lovely to have tea and yummy cake afterwards. Thanks as always to Eileen for organising it and to the ladies at the Methodist church for their hospitality.

When I attended Deanery Synod this month, we were all very pleased to hear that all our 7 churches had paid their full "quota".  This is the amount each church pays to support the bishops and priests with all their expenses (among other things).  Usually we are asked to contribute more so it made a pleasant change! The amount St. Giles has to pay each year is £7,650 by the way.

I am about to pay for the magazines shortly, so please may I remind anyone who hasn't paid their £3.50 to their distributor to do so - thank you!

Well, spring is almost here.  As I write this the buds are coming out on my trees and the plum blossom is being blown to bits!"

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