THE PARISH OF ALL SAINTS, HEATH

& ST ALBANS, HOLMEWOOD

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March 2020

Page 1    Contents

Page 3/4 Letter from The Ministry Team

Page 5   Fabric Grant Funding

Page 6    High Days & Holy Days in March

Page 7    Prayer for help and hearing

Page 8    Lent Course

 

Page 9    St David's Day

Page 10  When Spring comes

Page 11   Psalm 84

Page 12   Symbols of our Church

Page 13   Hunger for God

Page 14   Parish Registers

Page 15   The Way of the Cross 

Page 16   Eat Seasonally

Page 17   All in the month of March

Page 18   200 years of Astronomy

Page 19   Self-Raising Flour

Page 20   Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal

Page 21   Book Reviews for March

Page 23   Mothering Sunday

Page 24   Knit & Natter 

Page 25   Garden Trends for 2020

Page 26   Psalm 23

Page 27   The Table

Page 28   Church Magazine Bloomers!

Page 29   Heath Village Hall News

Page 30   Adverts

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Dear Friend,

As the darkness of winter begins to give way to the lighter days of spring and there are signs of life springing up out of the ground in our gardens, it is a good time to reflect on the many ways that we are blessed. We can see the provision from God in His creation and the fact that God didn't only make things that we need but He also made things of beauty too that we can enjoy. The seasons remind us that nothing stands still or stays the same. Change is a part of our lives. Some people struggle with change......'if it isn't broken, why try to fix it?' can be the cry! But how do we grow if we are not prepared to step out and try something new?

In April, as a church and Parish we will be welcoming our new Priest-in-Charge, Revd. Alexandrina Mann, who prefers to be known as ‘Revd Alex’. This will mark the beginning of a new era in our church. We look forward to it with great anticipation of the good things God has in store for us.

Over recent years it has been our privilege and pleasure to serve as the Ministry Team here during the vacancy. We have experienced the sense of responsibility of those early disciples of Jesus – and in fact all disciples since, who have been called to the task of ministering to others, walking alongside them in their own personal wilderness and leading them ever closer to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Despite the many trials there have been through this period, we have been encouraged by the support of our Church family and have constantly been aware of God’s strengthening in times of our own human weakness. For us this has been a joyous journey with Jesus Christ. It has been a time of worshipping with old friends and meeting new friends along the way, sharing their joys and sorrows, praising God for all His provision and placing our sorrows and troubles into the hands of Jesus Christ, knowing that He will always help us deal with those issues.

In recent times, we have witnessed positive development in the life of the community we serve and clear indications relating to the strengthening of connection between community and Church.

As we step out on our annual journey through the season of Lent and the stages of Jesus Christ’s road to Calvary, it would be difficult to consider any better time for this to be our final Magazine letter to you. It is our time to consider in humility the privilege of being chosen to serve Christ in leading the ministry of our church for a few years.

Perhaps this short time was the reason for our initial calling; that we might learn to trust Him more through the difficult times. If the recent years prove to be the pinnacle of our service to Him we are deeply humbled that we were chosen for the task and we have found joy in service.

For now, it is time to step back and prayerfully seek His will for us in continued service.

We will still be around to assist Revd. ‘Alex’ and look forward to meeting up with you.

Until then – and as always,

 

Love and Prayers,

Ivan and Carolyn

 

The Ministry Team

 

 

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Fabric grant funding made easier for churches

(Parish Pump)

Changes have been announced making it easier for parishes to apply for funding to support fabric repairs.

The Church of England, working with the Wolfson Foundation and the National Churches Trust (NCT), has announced that during 2020 administration of the Wolfson Foundation funds for fabric repairs of churches will move from the Cathedral & Church Buildings Division of the Church of England to the National Churches Trust.

(The Wolfson Fabric Repairs grants programme supports fabric repairs for Grade I and II*, A and B+ listed Anglican church buildings throughout the United Kingdom.

£400,000 per year is awarded to projects, including urgent roof repairs, improving rainwater goods, drainage works, and wall repairs. In 2019, awards were given to 79 parishes.)

The move to the National Churches Trust will result in a simplified funding application process for fabric repairs. Parishes will be able to submit one application form and be considered for up to two fabric repair grants.

 

This will reduce form filling for the parishes. There will also only be one reporting and claims process for the two grants, again reducing the burden of paperwork on parishes.

 

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 High Days and Holy Days for March 

                   1     St David

                  17      St Patrick

                  19      St Joseph the Carpenter

                  22      Mothering Sunday

                 25      Lady Day : the Annunciation

25 March – Lady Day:  the Annunciation

This beautiful event (Luke 1:26-38) took place in

Nazareth, when Mary is already betrothed to Joseph. The Archangel Gabriel comes to Mary, greets her as highly favoured, tells her not to be afraid, that she will bear a son Jesus, and that her elderly cousin Elizabeth is already pregnant (with John the Baptist).

The church calendar is never quite as neat as some would like it.  To celebrate the Annunciation on 25 March does indeed place the conception of Jesus exactly nine months from his birth on 25 December, but the latter part of March almost inevitably falls during Lent.  But the birth and death of Jesus are intrinsically linked – he was born to die, and thus fulfil God’s purposes.

 

The Annunciation is a significant date in the Christian calendar – it is one of the most frequent depicted in Christian art. Gabriel’s gracious strength and Mary’s humble dignity have inspired many artists.  Certainly, Mary’s response to the angel has for centuries been an example of good faith in practice – humility, enquiry of God, and trusting acceptance in His will for her life.

 

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Prayer for help and healing

Father,

You are always loving, always generous and kind to your children.

Please have mercy on us in these times of turmoil and division.

Help us to be tolerant and understanding of those who have different, sincerely-held opinions.

And guide our leaders so that your will be done in our country and in our relationships with each other and with Europe and the rest of the world.

Lord, have mercy on us, forgive us and heal us. In Jesus name, Amen.

By Daphne Kitching

 

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Saul and David

 

Saul had the crown but not the anointing

The Lord had chosen David as king,

Through disobedience Saul lost his throne

And a new dynasty was soon to begin.

 

Saul hunted David throughout the land,

But his plans to kill him came to nought,

Driven on by a jealous rage

Knowing that his time was short.

 

Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle

The reign of another was soon to start,

A new king was now to wear the crown,

David – a man after God’s own heart.

 

By Megan Carter

 

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 Join the LENT COURSE -

 

Based on the film ‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS’ -

called ‘Where the lost things go.’

There will be two groups -

*       Thursday evenings by Scott (usual Bible Study Group)

 

 

*       Friday evenings at 7.00 pm by Carolyn and Ivan 

in St Albans

We will show the film on Thursday 27 / Friday 28 February

Week 1

Thursday 5   /   Friday 6 March Belief and unbelief

Week 2

Thursday 12  /  Friday 13 March Loss, denial and acceptance

Week 3

Thursday 19  /  Friday 20 March Money

Week 4

Thursday 26  /  Friday 27 March Being lost and found

Week 5

Thursday 2   /  Friday 3 April

Light

 

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1 March – St David’s Day:  time for daffodils

1st March is St David’s Day, and it’s time for the Welsh to wear daffodils or leeks. Shakespeare called this custom

‘an honourable tradition begun upon an honourable request’ – but nobody knows the reason.

Why should anyone have ever ‘requested’ that the Welsh wear leeks or daffodils to honour their patron saint? It’s a mystery!

We do know that David – or Dafydd – of Pembrokeshire was a monk and bishop of the 6th century.

In the 12th century he was made patron of Wales, and he has the honour of being the only Welsh saint to be canonised and culted in the Western Church. Tradition has it that he was austere with himself, and generous with others – living on water and vegetables (leeks, perhaps?!) and devoting himself to works of mercy. He was much loved.

In art, St David is usually depicted in Episcopal vestments, standing on a mound with a dove at his shoulder, in memory of his share at an important Synod for the Welsh Church, the Synod of Brevi.

   (Parish Pump)

 

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When Spring comes                      By the Rev Tony Horsfall

 

‘See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.’ Song of Songs 2:11-12

March is the month that I associate with the coming of Spring, my favourite time of the year, and such a relief after the darkness and gloom of Winter. This verse beautifully describes the joy that most of us feel as the days begin to brighten, and Nature starts to awaken once again.

These words also speak to us about a new season in life, one that is filled with hope and expectation. Sometimes we experience the darkness of winter in our lives – maybe in the form of depression, bereavement, chronic illness, family difficulties, financial problems and so on.  These long winter months of the soul may seem to last forever. Our joy disappears, our energy dissipates, our mood is low. A thick black cloud hangs over us and it seems as if the sun will never shine again.

Then we have this reminder that no season lasts for ever. The cold grip of Winter gradually thaws and gives way to warmer days. The sun does shine again, and the temperature rises. Birds sing and flowers blossom. The sap rises. Love is in the air.

And in the spiritual realm the same happens. Eventually we will enter a new season of the soul. Joy returns and life gets back to something like normality. No darkness lasts for ever.

We experience our own awakening, a kind of mini resurrection.

We start to feel alive again, to see possibilities and to dream again.

In the depths of Winter, we can look ahead to the certainty of Spring. Faith enables us to believe that the winter of the soul will soon be past as well. In the darkness we choose to hope in God.

 

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Psalm 84 – a heart for pilgrimage

This psalm is appropriate to think about during Lent, as it was used by pilgrims going up to Jerusalem. It speaks of the journey to find the presence of God in our lives. Where is our heart with God?

A Heart for God’s Presence: ‘How lovely is your dwelling-place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.’ (v1,2). For the psalmist, the Temple is the focus of God’s presence and the place where he longs to be. How much do we long to know God’s presence ourselves? Lent is a time to seek Him through the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, fasting, silence and solitude.

A Heart set on Pilgrimage: ‘Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.’ (5,6). Lent reminds us that the Christian life is a journey of faith, which is not always easy. We pass through the valley of Baka, which is the dry desert place in our experience. Here God can seem remote and silent. However, it also the season when we are refreshed by the Holy Spirit filling our lives.

A Heart that’s Undivided: ‘Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.’ (10). We will find a home in God’s presence only with an undivided heart, as we maintain our focus on God and trust him for all we need.

 ‘Most of Scripture speaks to us; the Psalms speak FOR us.’

       Revd Canon Paul Hardingham    (Parish Pump)

 

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Symbols in our churches: The Altar

 Rev Dr Jo White The long list of television programmes concerned with renovating, moving home, and celebrity homes shows how interested we are in other people’s homes, and how they live.

The style and furnishings of the buildings vary considerably, and you can find out a great deal about the person by looking at what they have on display or indeed the lack of items.

In my house the only books on show are related to walking and gardening, and the wall pictures are either old and family heirlooms or show the natural world.  Yet in every house there are some things that are pretty much a given:  they’re always there in one form or another.

It’s the same in churches.  No matter how old the building is, or how many times it has been re-ordered, there are some items which are constant.

The first of these essential items is the ‘Altar’ or ‘Table’.

In the majority of churches this is the place of most ‘holiness’ and where ‘reverence’ is given.  The place where ‘Bread is broken, and wine outpoured’ in remembrance of Christ’s last meal with His disciples.

As a retired parish priest, I now conduct services wherever I am invited and am aware of the variations of design and constituents of the altar everywhere I go.

This month:  Ask to have a look at the actual altar at your own church or a place you visit.

What size is it and what is it made from?

Are there any special marks carved into it?

What can you find out about the history of it?

Has it always been standing in that same place?

 

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Hunger for God                                                     

 

Forty days of prayer and fasting

Forty days of hunger and thirst;

Forty days to put self behind us Forty days in Jesus immersed! In this Lenten time we hunger for God Come to know that Jesus comes first.

May our hunger not be for manna

May we thirst, instead, to be blessed. May our hunger be for justice – Justice for the poor and oppressed.

In this Lenten time we hunger for God

Come to know that Jesus knows best.

May we come through Lent’s forty trials

To a truly God-centred place!

May we cease obsession with mirrors

Come to look, instead, on Your face

In this Lenten time we hunger for God

May we all encounter Your grace.

By Nigel Beeton

 

 

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Parish Registers:

Funeral:

11th February      Christopher Barry Deakin

18th February      Arthur Spendlove

 

 

 

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The Way of the Cross

 

‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.’ (Luke 9: 23) These words of Jesus are spoken at a turning point in the gospel. Jesus challenges the disciples about His identity and their commitment to Him: ‘who do the crowds say I am?’ (18). It is at this point that He ‘resolutely set out for Jerusalem’ (9:51). On our journey through Lent, as we look to events of Good Friday and Easter, what are our priorities as Jesus’ disciples to be?

To deny ourselves: this means to saying No to ourselves and Yes to God, as we humbly submit our will to His. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane ‘not My will but Yours be done.’ (Luke 22:42). It means putting Jesus first in everything: our work, family, ambitions, possessions, marriage, finance and future. We will not be guided by self-interest, but by allowing God to show us how to live in His way.

To take up our cross: this reminds us that the disciple is not immune from suffering, as we follow Jesus along the way of cross. Just as He carried His cross to Golgotha, we cannot avoid experiencing suffering in a fallen world. Every day we are to live in way that demonstrates to everyone that we have died to

ourselves, our selfish ways and ambitions, and seek to live for God. It means breaking old selfish habits and ways of thinking, as we allow God to renew us by His Spirit.

In all of this we cannot lose, because like Jesus, it is only through death that we find God’s new life. ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.’ (Jim Elliot)

 

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Eat seasonally                                            (Parish Pump)

Eco-warriors who lead protest marches may have good intent, but what are they doing at home?  Are they block-paving their gardens or eating avocados, for example?

Alan Titchmarsh, writing in his recent column in Gardeners’ World, points out: “We cannot berate members of the Royal family and global superstars for flying hither and yon in private jets if we buy strawberries in January, for they, too, will have necessitated the burning of fossil fuel to reach our table.”

Titchmarsh says that if we really want to make a difference, we should eat seasonally.  “I yearn for a return to …. English apples and pears in autumn and winter, strawberries and raspberries in summer, and asparagus from April to June.

And while he would not deprive anyone of “a slice of lemon for their G&T,” he does worry “about the growing consumption of avocados, which is causing the destruction of Mexican rainforests to make way for avocado plantations.” 

So instead of avocados this month, why not consider some artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (both Savoy and white), carrots, chicory, cauliflowers, endives, fennel, or spinach, to name but a few of the vegetables in season in March?

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All in the month of March it was:-

200 years ago, on 10th March 1820 the Royal Astronomical Society was founded in Britain.

175 years ago, on 17th March 1845 Henry Jones, a baker from

Bristol, was granted a patent for his invention of self-raising flour.

90 years ago, on 12th March 1930 Indian political spiritual leader

Mahatma Gandhi led 78 activists and followers on a 23-day ‘salt march’ to protest against a British tax on salt and British rule in India.

On 5th April he reached the sea and made salt, breaking British law. On 4th May he was arrested and imprisoned.

70 years ago, on 8th March 1950 Volkswagen launched the Type 2/Transporter van – also known as the Camper, Bus, microbus or Kombi.  It became the best-selling van in history, and early versions remain much-loved icons of the counterculture/hippie movement.

40 years ago, on 21st March 1980  in the TV soap opera Dallas, the character J R Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant.

This led to the famous catchphrase ‘Who shot J.R.?’

The answer (Kristin Shepard) was revealed that November.

15 years ago, on 11th March 2005 that the Nintendo DS portable video games console was released in Europe.

 

15 years ago, on 26th March 2005  the science fiction TV series Doctor Who returned after a 16-year break.

 

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200 years of astronomy               by Tim Lenton

The Royal Astronomical Society was founded 200 years ago, on 10th March 1820.

Originally called the Astronomical Society of London, it had been opposed by Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, who persuaded the Duke of Somerset to withdraw his agreement to be the first president. But it survived with William Herschel as president, though he never actually took the chair at a meeting.

The idea was simply to promote astronomy. At the outset there were very few professional astronomers, but this soon changed. A Royal Charter was signed by William IV in 1831, and the name of the Society was altered. Since then every monarch has been a patron.

The Society was closed to women at first, and women were not admitted to fellowship until 1916, although Caroline Herschel was awarded a gold medal as early as 1828 and elected an honorary member, with Mary Somerville, in 1835.

Currently the Society, with more than 4000 members, has three main functions: maintaining a library, organising scientific meetings – geophysics is now part of its remit – and publishing journals.

A prominent 21st century fellow is Professor David Wilkinson, a theoretical astrophysicist and lecturer in theology, who is working on the dialogue between science and religion.

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The man who invented self-raising flour by Tim Lenton

Henry Jones, a baker from Bristol, was granted a patent for his invention of self-raising flour 175 years ago, on 17th March 1845.

Jones was born in Monmouth, Wales, but he established a bakery in Broadmead, Bristol. His formula for making self-raising flour – essentially a process of baking without yeast – was granted a patent in 1845, and by the end of 1846 it was a runaway success, and he was soon supplying patent flour and biscuits to Queen Victoria.

He was granted a patent in the USA in 1849, and in 1852 the first gold medal for the new flour was issued to a Chicago firm using the Bristol formula, but his greatest opponent was the British Admiralty. Jones pointed out in detail and at length the benefits to seamen of using the new flour instead of the hard biscuits they were used to, and he received a great deal of support from Individual captains and many prominent people.

But it was not until 1855, when his flour was used in the Crimean War – partly at the request of Florence Nightingale – and was so effective in saving lives and improving food supplies, that it got the grudging acceptance of the Admiralty

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Volunteers needed now for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, will shortly launch their annual Great Daffodil Appeal, held across the UK every March.

As part of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie

Curie needs volunteers who will give two hours of their time to help hand out their iconic daffodil pins in return for donations, and get more people than ever wearing the pin.

If you’ve got two hours to spare, then there may be a location near you and it’s a great way to engage in your local community and support those in need.

Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide much-needed expert care to people with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Marie Curie has a range of services aimed at helping people make the most of the time they have together.

These include Nurses that give one-to-one expert care to people at home, nine hospices offering inpatient and outpatient care, spiritual and bereavement support, and, a free telephone support line.

The charity says that the appeal is urgently needed as one in four people currently don’t receive the care and support they need at the end of their life, and with the population getting older; demand on the charity’s services is set to increase.

More details at: www.mariecurie.org.uk/collect or call free on 0800 304 7025. If you or someone you know would like help from Marie Curie, call Support Line on 0800 090 2309.

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Book Reviews for March  -

(Parish Pump)

Dust and Glory: Daily Bible readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day

By David Runcorn, BRF, £7.99

Lent is one of the three 40-day ‘seasons’ in the Church’s year, besides Advent and the period from Easter to Pentecost.

The name itself, Lent, derives from an ancient word meaning ‘Spring’ or ‘long’, referring to the time of year when days are beginning to lengthen and the world is turning from winter cold and dark to the warmth and promise of Spring.

During this time, the Church calls us to a special period of prayer, self-examination and teaching – and this book has been written to accompany you through that period, a time of turning from winter to spring, from death to life.

Easter! Fun Things to Make and Do

By Christina Goodings, Lion Children, £6.99

Crammed with 50 crafts and creative ideas that are perfect for Spring and Easter.  Each craft is accompanied by simple step-by-step illustrated instructions.

Make divine decorations, Easter baskets, chirpy chicks, creative cards, and more!

 

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22 March – Mothering Sunday: 4th Sunday in Lent

 

There is an old Jewish saying:  God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.

Mother Church, Mother Earth, Mother of the Gods – our human mothers – all of them have been part of the celebration of ‘Mothering Sunday’ – as the fourth Sunday in Lent is affectionately known.

It has been celebrated in the UK since at least the 16th century.

In Roman times, great festivals were held every Spring to honour

Cybele, Mother of all the Gods.  Other pagan festivals in honour of Mother Earth were also celebrated.  With the arrival of Christianity, the festival became one honouring Mother Church.

During the Middle Ages, young people apprenticed to craftsmen or working as ‘live-in’ servants were allowed only one holiday a year on which to visit their families – which is how ‘Mothering Sunday’ got its name.  This special day became a day of family rejoicing, and the Lenten fast was broken.  In some places the day was called Simnel Day, because of the sweet cakes called simnel cakes traditionally eaten on that day.

In recent years the holiday has changed and in many ways now resembles the American Mother’s Day, with families going out to Sunday lunch and generally making a fuss of their mother on the day.

Come to our special

Mothering Sunday Services -

                               Sunday 22 March

10.30 am   Mothering Sunday Worship in St Albans

6.30 pm     Mothering Sunday Holy Communion in All Saints

 

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Knit & Natter


love knitting or crafts?

love to natter?

join us at St Albans on Tuesdays (after lunches)

from 1.30 - 4.00 pm

for more information: Rose Hardwick 01246 854683

 

  WANTED!!!

USED POSTAGE STAMPS

 

          David Morris will collect your

used stamps please for

          ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’

   There is a box in the foyer at St Albans - just pop them in!

Thank you

 

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Garden trends for 2020

What plans do you have for your garden this year?

Probably you will slow down on the digging, and maybe try making some mud pies by your new bee hotel instead.

These are among the predictions of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The RHS reports a growing desire among gardeners to keep their soil healthy by adopting a ‘no dig’ philosophy, which limits damage to soil structure and wildlife.

As for mud pies, the RHS hopes that more parents will tempt their children into the garden to enjoy themselves with simple fun, and also to enjoy the benefits of soil bacteria on their immune system.

And bee hotels? They are just one of many ways in which we can take positive steps towards helping nature.

Gardens need to be a bit less tidy, with seed heads left for the birds to eat, fallen logs left for the hedgehogs and beetles to sleep in, and piles of dead grass and weeds for our woodlice and other small crawlies.

Gardens also need simple ponds, and

plants for pollinators.  Clipped shrubs, manicured lawns and pesticides do not help nature at all.

As Guy Barter, RHS chief horticulturalist says: “There’s a rising tide of concern about the environment…. In the garden at least we can have some control. Now we are all wildlife gardeners, helping songbirds, helping beetles and woodlice.”

 

(Parish Pump)

 

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Sometimes during Lent people meditate on a passage of scripture.  Here is a favourite Psalm, looked at with light-hearted modern Christian eyes……...

  Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd – THAT’S RELATIONSHIP!

I shall not want – THAT’S SUPPLY!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures – THAT’S REST!

He leadeth me beside still waters – THAT’S REFRESHMENT!

He restoreth my soul – THAT’S HEALING!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness – THAT’S GUIDANCE!

For his name sake – THAT’S PURPOSE

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death – THAT’S TESTING!

I will fear no evil – THAT’S PROTECTION!

For thou art with me – THAT’S FAITHFULNESS!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me – THAT’S DISCIPLINE!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies – THAT’S HOPE!

 

Thou anointest my head with oil – THAT’S CONSECRATION!

My cup runneth over – THAT’S ABUNDANCE!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life – THAT’S BLESSING!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord – THAT’S SECURITY!

Forever – THAT’S ETERNITY!

 

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In this year, 2020, we shall be marking some wartime anniversaries; 80 years since the Battle of Britain and 75 since VE and VJ Days.

March seems to have two such milestones. Eighty years ago, 16th March 1940 saw the first casualty of German bombing following an air raid on Scapa Flow, while 29th March sees the 75th anniversary of the last German ordnance to fall on British soil, a V1 bomb which landed in Hertfordshire.

It brings to mind the terrifying nature of air raids, terror which few alive today can recall. My mother had no air raid shelter; she, her mother, and my uncle used to hide under the dining room table while bombs fell nearby:

The Table

The table in our dining room,

Where daily dinners are consumed; Where Mother serves her wondrous pies! Where candled cakes light birthday eyes!

That table in our dining room

Now stands against our fiery doom;

Beneath it, we, in trembling fear

Can feel the shocks as bombs fall near.

That table in our dining room

Unseen within the blackout gloom Dark sentinel of precious lives As, overhead, the bombers dive.

The table in our dining room,

It could, maybe have been our tomb!

Protects us from our foes up there

Supported by our fervent prayer!

The silence comes – the planes are gone

We thank the Lord with joyful song As we emerge from our cocoon – The table in our dining room.

By Nigel Beeton

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Church Magazine Bloomers - You know what they meant, but what they said was…....

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to see the organist after the service.

Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir.  They need all the help they can get.

This evening at 7 pm there will be hymn-singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

The Women’s Tea for next week has been cancelled. We are sorry for any incontinence this may cause.

Parish Supper Sunday at 5pm – prayer and medication to follow.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Attention Parents. There will be a conference on how to help your teen avoid pre-marital sex. The featured speaker will be Molly Kelly, a nationally known speaker on abstinence and mother of eight.

 

(Parish Pump)

 

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Heath Village Hall

 

Heath Village Hall has had a ZOLL automated DEFIBRILLATOR

Installed on the exterior wall. A step by step on how to use it can be Found on the village website. www.heathvillage.org.uk

 

 Coffee Mornings                10 am – 12.00 noon on Saturdays. 

                                       7th March      4th April       All welcome

Heath Garden Society -

The Garden Society meets on the last Wednesday of each month.

Visitors are welcome to all  our  meetings.   7.30 - 9.30 pm.   £3.00 per session or £20 annually

For further information contact Chris Hasty on 850361

Meditation group - 

Meditation class meet once a month on the last Tuesday 7.00 - 9.00 pm

If you are interested in this group contact Granville Stone on 07756400329 

or email dennisgranville821@btinternet.com

Yoga - (Wednesday)

Wednesdays 5.00 to 6.30 pm. All abilities welcome.

Contact Rachel Armstrong at rachel@stretcharmstrongyoga.co.uk 

Yoga - (Friday)

Weekly yoga class on Friday 9.45 - 11.15 am. No experience needed, everyone welcome.

ContactSue Hill - qualified Dru Yoga instructor on 07867875457 or suechill@gmail.com

Pilates Class - 

Mondays 6 - 7 pm. and 7.15 - 8.15 pm Instructor Rachel Pettet.

Cost is £42 per block of 7 classes/ £8.50 per session if paying on the night - booking is essential.

Contact rachel@villagepilates.co.uk  07891090746   

 

Mini Movers Dance  -

Parent and Toddler group - 18 mths/3 years meet Thursdays 10.30 - 11.15 am £4.00 per class

Contact Jo Hooper - email johooper@live.co.uk  or  mobile 07783081135

Booking Heath Village Hall -               cost of hire £10 per hour

Bookings Manager  Peter George - hvhbookings@gmail.com  or telephone 07836382142

More details about the village and events can be found on village website www.heathvillage.org.uk

 

Lynda Oliver Tel: 853879 

                                        Email: hvca.secretary@gmail.com

 

 

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ST ALBANS  LUNCH CLUB

 

on Tuesdays  

Traditional lunch such as 

Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Casserole

Sausage & Mash etc.

with fresh vegetables

followed by a variety of sweets and tea and coffee

£3.00 (Contribution)

See the menu on the notice board and join us for a

lovely meal and time to chat with friends

 

 

 

Churchyard searches

If you are a friend or relation of someone buried in the churchyard and are looking for information regarding the  location of a grave or if you need a register search to be       undertaken Lynne Sargeant will do her best to help you and her contact details are:

lynniesar59@gmail.com  Tel: 01246 856280.

      When you make contact the first and most important question you will be asked is the name and date of the first person to be interred in the grave you are searching for, so please do your best to have to hand any information you can find.

           A charge may be made for undertaking the search

 

 

A Prayer Circle 'say one for me’ - yes we will How it  works

 

Any cause for concern can be brought to God in Prayer It may be you have a job interview, a hospital appointment, a crisis or emergency that needs prayer: in which case:   please contact either

 

Ivan Spenceley   07831428638  or   Ann Pratt    07812375420 either by text or by phone

 

Texting is easiest because it means the request can be passed efficiently around the prayer chain.

 

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