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St James' Church Update - May 2017

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In what may be his best novel, ‘Great Expectations,’ Dickens writes: “It was one of those March days, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  

Spring in the UK does not guarantee us sunshine all the way but, as Bishop Martyn reminded us at the start of our Parish Palm Sunday Procession on a particularly warm and sunny spring day, the storm clouds were gathering over the life of Jesus.
The last few weeks here at St James have been rather like our spring weather, with some sunny and some sad days. The dull days have been lit up by people’s endeavours to turn their seed money from our £10
Challenge into more by using their initiative and skills in a variety of
different ways! From coffee mornings to carved tea light holders, to knitted chicks, postcards of St James, jars of marmalade and a new money box (to replace the one smashed open) to help bolster our Refurbishment Fund!

Plus an evening with the Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra to add to our refurbishment ‘pot’ and there is more to come as people continue with their ‘challenges’ and a special Gift Day on Easter Sunday.
Our Mother’s Day Café Connect was a sunny day too and it was a joy to welcome so many mums to our informal service, which featured not only delicious homemade cake but words of wisdom from many of the mums present.
Our sunny days have been tinged with sadness though. On March 18th we said our goodbyes to one of our oldest and perhaps most distinguished members – ‘Sandy’ Saunders. The Church was packed to capacity for Sandy’s funeral, as was the Village Hall, where people joined in the service via a video link. Many wonderful tributes were paid to Sandy and we will miss him. We do pray for Maggie and the family as they face the future without him.
And so we press on – come rain, come shine – with ‘Great Expectations’ in our hearts assured of the fact that: ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17
Come and join us when you can, maybe for one of the following events:
Dates for Your Diary:
May 17th LINK meeting in the Village Hall. - an afternoon quiz with tea - 2.30pm All welcome.
May 28th Parish Welcome Service for Rev Dr Mary Barr, 10am in St James' Church.
June 3rd Coffee Morning and 50/50 Auction in the Village Hall. 10.30am onwards!

Janet King

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