I hope you all had a joyous Easter!
It was wonderful to see so many of you at Messy Good Friday and at our glorious Easter Day Service with the lighting of the Pascal Candle, to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection. When there is a baptism, the baptismal candle is lit from the Pascal Candle.
I hope you are now enjoying the holidays – despite the weather. I can’t stop thanking God for sending us a DRY day for the Easter Egg Hunt, when the forecast was for very heavy rain! We raised £168, so thank you all for coming.
This Sunday, there is NO Messy Church, so we are having our Praise Service at 9.15am instead. If anybody can do the coffee afterwards, please let me know.
The following Sunday is our Annual Church Meeting after the 10.30am service. Please do try and come to this.
What a wonderful service for Palm Sunday! Now we walk with Jesus to his crucifixation on Good Friday. Come and share His Last Supper 7:30PM on Maundy Thursday and Messy Good Friday 9:15 AM in the Hall.
Then the joyous Easter Day Service at 10:00am, where we light the Easter Fire to symbolise his resurrection, sing Alleluias in our flower filled church and perhaps enjoy a few Easter eggs, brown like the earth where he was buried and hollow because the tomb is empty and his is alive!
If you haven’t had enough chocolate, come to our fund raising Easter Egg Hunt, and let your children run round 12 acres of chocolate filled woods – once they are in the woods they won’t even feel the rain!
Our Spring Fair is definitely on Saturday 12th May, please put it in your diaries.
To all those of you away, have a wonderful, restful time of renewal and love with your families.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday at 9:15am with our tableau and palm waving procession, when we re-enact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, hailed by the crowds as king, only for them to shout for his crucifixion 5 days later. This is when we have a chance to walk with Jesus in the last days of his life and support him, as he always supports us.
There are many services in the next 2 weeks, try and find time to pause and join us to give thanks to Jesus for the sacrifice he made for each and everyone of us.
7:30pm on Maundy Thursday we celebrate the Last Supper.
9:15am Good Friday we have Messy Church in the Hall and the reading of the Passion and veneration of the Cross in church.
10:00am Easter Day we will light the fire and take it into church to celebrate Jesus rising to new life. This is the most important day of the Christian year – do please join with Christians all over the world on this most joyous day.
This Saturday 24th, we are Spring cleaning the church in readiness for all this. We would love your help!
Bank holiday Monday is Easter Egg Hunt at Underwood – 2:15pm for 2:30pm start. Wear wellies and bring a bag to collect eggs in, £5 a child – all proceeds to the church.
Lastly remember that the clocks spring forward this weekend!
What a wonderful Mothering Sunday service, it was lovely to see so many of you there. This Sunday we have our Praise Service at 9:15.
On saturday there is our fun concert at 2:00pm. Please come and support all those taking part. There will be cakes (please bring a cake if you are a baker rather than a musician!) and tea in the interval and you will be sitting in the comfort of our new chairs.
The following weekend is our annual spring cleaning on Saturday 24th March. Do please give our church 30 minutes of your precious time, it would be very much appreciated.
The next day is Palm Sunday at 9:15 with our tableau and palm waving procession, when we re-enact Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, hailed by the crowds as king, only for them to shout for his crucifixion 5 days later.
Palm Sunday is followed by Holy Week with services every day. Messy Church is on Good Friday at 9.15am in the hall. Many of the older members of the congregation (me!!) like to attend the Service in church so please let me or Camilla know if you can help in the hall.
On Easter Day our Family service is at 10:00am.
On Easter Monday, there is the Easter Egg Hunt at Underwood, £5 per child (adults free)/ All proceeds to St Michael’s .
This Sunday we are celebrating Mothering Sunday at 10:00am. The children will be giving out posies to all the ladies in the congregation and there will be cakes in the Hall afterwards. We do hope you will be able to join us at this Super Sunday service.
The following Saturday 17th March, we are having The Fun Concert in the church at 2:00pm. Many of the congregation, both young and old will be singing and playing their instruments. Please come and support them and see and hear how talented they are. There will be refreshments and cakes in the interval – if any of you bakers can make a cake or biscuits, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me or the office know – or just bring them when you come.
The following weekend is Palm Sunday, and we are giving the church its’ Annual Spring Clean on Saturday 24th March in the morning. Please come along and help, and bring your children. Many hands make light work or a few stalwarts will be polishing and sweeping all day! Joanna does also have a monthly rota for cleaning the church. You only need to do it once a year, but she does currently have 11 slots that need filling. It is not an onerous task – choose to do it with a couple of other families and children can come too.
We are still looking for a donkey for Palm Sunday, or a horse box to bring Coco for his annual donkey impersonation! Please contact Kristel if you can help.
Lastly put April 2nd in your diaries for the Easter Egg Hunt at Underwood at 2:15pm for 2:30pm start.
Hope you are coping with the Siberian weather!
This Sunday we have Early Birds in the hall and Katie is doing the story, so do come and support her if we are not all snowed in. Likewise the Snowdrop Walk in the afternoon – looks like they may be invisible under several inches of snow, but if you can get here, you are VERY welcome to walk round my snowy garden and woods – the children will love it!
On Monday at 7pm we have film night, showing The Shack at the St Michael’s Conference Rooms.
And the following Sunday is Mothering Sunday at 10:00am with posies, we do hope you can join us and do bring your mums and mums-in-law to share in this celebration of love of mothers and our mother church.
Thanks to support from our young mums, Bulrushes will remain open this term, to give us time to think how we can go forward in the future. Do please think if you, or someone you know, or a team of you could help with this.
Please pray about this and the vacancies we have for treasurers and churchwardens.
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Xandie’s Shout Out
This Sunday is our Praise Service at 9:15am, do come along we love to see you.Our next film evening is 5th March, when we are showing The Shack at 7pm. This is a story about one man’s encounter with God and forgiveness. I highly recommend it, we watched it at Kerry’s Bible group and used a lot of tissues! (insert from Camilla. If you haven’t read the book you should know that the original story line is very sad about the loss of a daughter. I have not seen the film but the start is hard hitting. However the way it goes on to deal with the idea of forgiveness, a suggestion of the nature and love of God. Plus it looks at redemption and our personal journey within that is utterly amazing in skill and tenderness. It is worth watching at this time of Lent when we are thinking about Jesus being willing to give his life for us and to give the promise of eternal life and love. )
We have 2 big plea’s for help.
The 2nd plea is bigger! Our lovely Rosna, who has been running our preschool Bulrushes group, has returned to her career as a pharmacist- congratulations Rosna, so we badly need help on a Friday morning asap. If you know anyone who could help us, please, please let the office know. It entails setting up, guiding the mums to help clear away, and being friendly welcoming faces to users of the preschool group Perhaps 2 people could share the running? perhaps you know someone? Please pray hard about this. you could offer part time to get though this term or start after Easter if that suits better.
Part-Time Volunteer vacancy
Toddler Group Co-ordinator
Friday mornings (term-time) only.
To work with our Church community to run our Toddler Group, BULRUSHES.
Held in our Church Hall, every Friday morning term-time only.
For more information please contact the Church Office 01494 676931 or email email@example.com