think on, pray on, act on this
After John’s amazing leaving service I was not able to write fully about Brenda’s artistic offering. There is now a copy of her work in the church and it needs very careful scrutiny to fully appreciate the meaning of her work. The original is going to be framed for John to keep and it may be that a photo of the finished article can be in a later issue.
By the time this Magazine comes out we will have had about 6 weeks of coping without John Chandler. He was so very helpful and efficient and always ready with help and advice it is really going to be very hard. I, along with Mike Crisp from Wormingford, am trying to get people to cover our services for the New Year. John C had kindly got some of November and December covered.
Our Benefice wardens and PCC’s meet with the Bishop of Colchester and the Archdeacon on November 26th to discuss the future.
THE VENERABLE JAMES RIDGE
It was such a surprise to see our friend James at John’s service. I, along with several others, said we hoped he might be able to take a service sometime for us in 2020.
Afterwards I emailed him and said if he was able to come he had the pick of evening services for 2020. Much to my delight he said he could offer us one Sunday per month.
That was beyond my wildest dreams. He is happy to take the third Sunday evening service which is followed by Holy Communion. James helped us so much, particularly during the last Interregnum. Those of you who came to know James well in the years, up until he moved to Acton, will, I know, be delighted. As I said last year James is now Head of Faith Services at the Ministry of Justice, Chaplain General to the Prison Service and Archdeacon of Prisons.
The first service that James will be with us is will be 6.30pm on January 19th.
VISITING CLERGY AND OFFICIANTS
Up to the time of writing this we have had a number of visiting clergy. They have been very helpful and much appreciated by all who have encountered them.
The Remembrance Service was held on November 10th and was quite well-attended. The service was conducted by the Revd David Beales. As is customary Michael Culham read the names of the men from the village who died in the First World War.
After the service in church we walked to the War Memorial for the laying of the wreaths by Roger Drury as a representative of the Parish Council and by Michael Culham in memory of his uncle.
Sara Turner arranged the altar poppies as she has done for many years (with the exception of last year when she was not well) and Fionna Morrison decorated the font and the Rood Screen. Many thanks to you both.
The collection from this service, which with the added gift aid amounted to £350, will be sent the Royal British Legion.
BRENDA’S OPEN WEEKEND
This was held on the weekend of the 16th/17th November and really was a lovely social event to hold in our church. It is a huge amount of work, mainly for Brenda, but also for her helpers. All donations for the refreshments and for Brenda’s jams and chutneys went to Lizzie’s Fund and that (including some copies of Lizzie’s Cookbook) amounted to £350. On Sunday evening Brenda led an informal service, accompanying the hymns on her guitar, and talking to us about her recent visit to Coventry Cathedral
MAGAZINE COSTS AND DONATIONS
This is the time of year when we ask for donations towards the cost of producing this Magazine. The cost per copy is around 75p making an annual cost of £7.50. If the magazine is posted to you the annual cost is £12.
Payments can be made in cash, by cheque, made payable to Little Horkesley PCC, and can be given to John Sparkes or sent to his home address, 13 Keepers Green, Braiswick, Colchester, CO45UT. They can also be made by Bank transfer as follows: HSBC plc, sort code 40-18-51, account no. 71027395, reference – your name.
As many people to whom the magazine is delivered make no contribution there is always a considerable shortfall so please be as generous as you can.
Please do respond to this appeal otherwise it is an extra charge on church funds and reflects on the amount we are able to give on our charitable donations
The list is now in the church for volunteers to do the Altar Flowers for 2020. If you can arrange the flowers for a two-week period (or two periods!) please put your name down. If you think you can help it will be greatly appreciated. If you haven’t done them before, please have a go. We really would welcome you with open arms! health. We really do need more help.
My thanks to everyone who has helped during the past twelve months. The flowers have looked beautiful.
MAGAZINE EDITOR SUZANNE - THANK YOU
Enormous gratitude is due to Suzanne, our Editor, for her unfailing help in producing this Magazine for another year. Nothing is ever too much trouble and I would be lost without her. More than ever this year she has also been photographer for many of our events and a very able one too. Thank you. Suz.
Our printers, CZ Design and Print, have also done us proud this year. They are so reliable and produce very high quality magazines.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR READERS
Please do note these services as some are different from previous years.
We have had to amalgamate some services while we have no vicar as it is very hard to get people to take them, especially at Christmas.
Our Christmas services start on December 22nd with the Carol Service at 6. 30 pm. This will be preceded by mulled wine and mince pies – tea or orange if you prefer from 5.45 pm. Please make sure you come in time to enjoy this.
On the 24th at 4.30 pm there will be one Benefice Crib Service and it will be at Wormingford Church.
The Christmas Eve Benefice Communion will be at Mount Bures at 9.30 pm.
On Christmas Morning at 10 am we have a Benefice Family Communion Service at Little Horkesley. (note that this is different from our usual time)
On December 29th there is only one service in the Benefice, a Communion Service
at Wormingford at 11 am.