Iain Foyers - Lay Minister/Treasurer
Elsie Tough - Vestry Secretary/Lay Minister
Maureen Farquhar - Lay Minister
Christine Hardwick - Lay Minister
St Mary in the Fields team of friends helpers and workers.
Departure of Colin and Sheila Mansfield to warmer climes:
And so we say goodbye and God-bless to Colin & Sheila Mansfield, who have been active members and office-bearers of our church of St Mary’s since they joined the congregation way back in November 1999. They were former members and church elders of the bigger church (the Barn Church) just next door, before moving in to join us. They had previously been with the Barn Church since 1986. They bridged the congregations of both churches in an ecumenical way, Sheila helping with the Pensioners Dinners on Thursdays at the Barn, whilst Colin became an active member of the joint Balloch Walking group, similarly other church members joined in with activities in both churches. 32 years is a long time to live/work/retire in the same bungalow and neighbourhood, and they have witnessed Christ to many people throughout that time. The Leaving Dinner was held at the Culloden Moor Inn, at the end of July, many attended. Picture above of the couple was taken last year, when someone had a “big” birthday to celebrate, Christine Hardwick presented the bouquet of flowers. Now, nicely settled into their new home at the little country village of Newton Solney, Burton-on-Trent, and close to family relatives and long-time friends ~ Ed.
SAYING NO & SAYING YES
As you know, on this day, millions of Christians around the world engage in the ancient ritual known as “the imposition of ashes.” The practice of using ashes as a sign of penitence goes back to the Hebrew people (“sack-cloth and ashes”). Christian use of the ashes goes back to the 2nd century, and it was widely practised by the 5th century.
Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day journey of Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It is intended to set the believer on a sobering time of self-examination and repentance, in preparation for the renewal of faith one might receive in the observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the supreme feast of Easter.
Many Christians try to take this time seriously. Churches almost go into a time of mourning, even though Sundays are always “Feast Days”. Traditionally we don’t sing the ‘Gloria’, we don’t have flowers etc – all intended to give the great contrast when Easter joy bursts in! Mothering Sunday come in mid-Lent, often referred to as “Refreshment Sunday”.