At 11.30 on 23rd April, the bells of St. Mary’s will be rung to celebrate St. George’s Day as part of a nationwide “Ringing for England” rolling ringing challenge. Teams of ringers from across Hertfordshire will be aiming to ring as many of the county’s bells as possible on that day and it is hoped that this will generate some positive publicity for bell ringing.
The idea is to get the 44,000 bell ringers to ring the 208,000 bells in the 12,000 churches ringing across the country on St. George’s Day, England’s Day – April 23rd.
Why? Because that was when St. George was martyred, his death decreed by Diocletian for refusing to give up Christianity. He was a brave young man and very worthy of being hailed a Patron Saint.
There will be people from all walks of life, all ages, even teenagers, who will be ringing out of every corner of the entire country. They will ring from towers that might have just one bell or some that have a stupendous 13, in small parish churches, priories, abbeys, minsters, cathedrals, universities and even a castle.
Anyone can learn to ring no matter what age, so if you are interested in ringing in Redbourn, you are invited to come to St. Mary’s Church for any of our Tuesday evening practice sessions which begin at 7.45 pm. We would really like to train some new ringers to supplement our local band, so if it is something that you have always fancied trying, now is your chance! We have a couple of learners already and you will have plenty of encouragement and support from experienced bell ringers.
For further details, contact Liz Middleton:
If you walk down the main shopping street in Woodbridge, Suffolk, you’ll come across a chocolate shop. And like nearly every other chocolate shop at this time of year it’s got a themed St Valentine’s day display. The implication is if you want to show proper love, then you need to buy some premium chocolate and give it to that special person in your life. Failing that I hear Nurses, Doctors and the Clergy are grateful recipients!
If you then walk around the corner, you’ll come to church that has a large glass floor to ceiling doorway. It too has a display for St Valentine’s day. There’s a small table laid for tea for two with cakes, some red hearts, a tea set and chairs. But the difference is in a frame to the right. There are some verses from this Sundays Epistle reading from 1 Corinthians 13. They are such well known words but they bear repeating in a modern translation: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
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Huge thanks to Parishioners from PTSD Resolution for the £7,800 raised to treat Forces’ Veterans suffering from trauma.
You may be interested to know that we are now on our 1162nd referral, and continue to receive new ones at the rate of seven a week.
The average cost of a treatment is £500, so you can be sure that your donation will pay for 35 treatments. That is a fantastic contribution, for which you can be truly proud, and for which we are truly appreciative.
Any Veterans in the parish who might be suffering please visit www.PTSDresolution.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Patrick Rea, Trustee, PTSD Resolution