Details of the next Parish Away Day have been announced. Everyone is invited & encouraged to Clare Priory for a day of refreshment and reflection based on episodes from St Luke’s gospel in our own context. Please sign up through the list at the back of church – we will share transport. (Any queries to Pam, Clare, Colin, Mark or Stephen.)
Following hot on its heels, on Tues 22nd of October the Cathedral will be hosting a study day, open at all, with a focus on St Matthew’s Gospel, costing £6. For 12 months from Advent this year, our Sunday gospel readings will be mainly from Matthew: come and find out more! See the Rector for details.
The seemingly endless number of ‘Sundays after Trinity’ continue into October. This shouldn’t disguise the fact that this time of year has always been of immense importance to agricultural communities such as Lavenham and Preston and all the more so now there are fewer sheep to shear and more crops to harvest. It’s right and proper that we use the words ‘praise’, ‘festival’ and ‘thanksgiving’ to mark harvest, as we have much to be thankful for, living in such a productive part of the world.
Worth noting too that Bishop Nigel is moving on from the Diocese and everyone is invited to attend his farewell service at St Edmundsbury on the 20th of October.
Church offers us the opportunity to celebrate our faith through worship. There are many occasions though when, through consecration, church helps us to celebrate life’s most human moments: baptism to celebrate new birth, confirmation to celebrate new understanding, weddings to celebrate marriage, funerals to celebrate the lives of those we love. So I always find it particularly heartening to hear of people who return to our church time and again to commemorate these great moments in life. This Sunday Glen and Kathryn Skelton bring their young daughter Courtney Ann to Lavenham for baptism at the weekly Holy Communion service. We hope you will be able to join them in welcoming Courtney to our community of faith.
Noting this week that Tickled Pink, one of Lavenham’s colourful tea rooms, will be hosting a ‘Men’s Breakfast’ on Thursday at 9am. The 15th of August is an intriguingly busy day, historically speaking though I am struggling to draw some association between the Independence of India, Pakistan and the Congo, the Beatles playing Shea Stadium, the opening of the Panama Canal and the death of King Macbeth.
For Christians, however, it is the Feast of the assumption of the Virgin Mary, the day on which we recall the taking up of the body of the mother of Christ in to Heaven. Worship as usual this coming Sunday.
Following on from last week’s news about the ordination of Mark Woodrow, our new Curate, advance notice has been issued that the Patronal Festival of St Peter and St Paul - the Feast day falls on the 29th of June – will be held on the 7th of July instead. The service will be followed in the Village Hall by the Friends of Lavenham Church AGM & lunch. This notice gives me a good excuse to feature again our particularly friendly-looking patron saints, who stand guard over the porch.
Services for this Sunday, the 23rd of June, as normal:
8am Holy Communion (BCP) – Lavenham
10.15am Parish Communion – Lavenham
6pm Evensong (BCP) – Preston
Headline Parish news this week is the advance notice that Mark Woodrow, our new curate, who has moved in, will be ordained as ‘deacon’ in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sun 30th at 10am. We hope you can attend and support him.
All are invited to the Benefice Parish Lunch in the Village Hall at 12.30 to welcome him. And we need your help, please! From 10am onwards we need people to prepare the food and set tables for Benefice Parish Lunch. We are also hosts to a coach of folk from Mark’s sending parish in Ipswich. Helpers also needed to serve on the day. Offers of help will be much appreciated, please contact Vickie Weaver on 247957.
This Sunday is the start of Christian Aid Week 2013. Christian Aid are focusing this year’s campaign on help some of the world’s poorest families get enough to eat. The theme in 2013 is Bite Back At Hunger. Please click here to see the details of their campaign page.
Feeding the hungry remains as pertinent to Christian life as it did when Christ fed the thousands with loaves and fishes. We hope you will be able to participate in Christian Aid week and, of course, attend church!
Good Friday and Easter form the core of a major tenet of our faith: that Christ was crucified on the cross, died and rose again from the tomb and in doing so, redeemed mankind. The symbolism of death and rebirth is reflected in the timing of the festival, held at a time of year when we bid farewell to Winter and welcome the Spring. This year’s relatively early Easter and the vagaries of the gulf stream mean that we may be waiting a while longer for Spring to burst forth but the weekend should give us a chance to shake the metaphorical snow from our boots and look forward with gladness to the Summer to come. We hope you will join us in church on this most important feast in the christian year.