Thursday 16 May - Coffee Morning for Christian Aid

10 am - 12 noon in the Parish Rooms.   Join us for coffee and cake!

 


26 May - Rogation Sunday (Sunday before Ascension)

Rogation means an asking of God - for blessing on the seed and land for the year ahead.  It is appropriate in any emergency, war, plague, drought or foul weather.

The practice began with the Romans, who invoked the help of the gods Terminus and Ambarvalia.  In those days a crowd moved in procession around the cornfields, singing and dancing, sacrificing animals, and driving away Winter with sticks.  They wanted to rid the cornfields of evil.

Rogation-tide arrived in England early in the eighth century, and became a fixed and perennial asking for help of the Christian God.  On Rogation-tide, a little party would set out to trace the boundaries of the parish. 

In the days when maps were neither common nor accurate, there was much to be said for ‘beating the bounds’ - still very common as late as the reign of Queen Victoria.  Certainly parish boundaries rarely came into dispute, for everyone knew them.

Our Rogation Day Walk is on Sunday 26 May after the 10.30am service.

Please bring suitable clothes and footwear!


30 May Ascension Day

7.00 am  Tower Service - Join us at the top of St John's tower to sing God's praise with the choristers.

10.00 am  Holy Communion in the Beauchamp chapel


 

Living Churchyard

 

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed for the ‘Churchyard Working Group’ that meets to maintain and tidy the churchyard. If you can spare some time please contact:

Mike McClelland(mcclelland753@icloud.com)                                               Chris Cox (chriscox358@gmail.com)