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Songs of Praise

Here is Victoria conducting the Boxted Methodist Silver Band for our Songs of Praise, part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The music and hymns were chosen to reflect the theme for the week and the fact that the literature was prepared by christians in the Caribbean.  The bible passages and meditations were read by members of the different traditions represented in Churches Together in Hadleigh.  Ken Donaldson spoke about the work of Talitha Koum charity which supports vulnerable women in the Ipswich area.  The freewill offering will be divided between Talitha Koum and the Ipswich Night Shelter, the two charities supported by CTiH this year.  The service was very well attended and the singing, with the band was enthusiastic and much enjoyed.

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Pulpit Exchange

We are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during June instead of the usual January as the material has been prepared by churches in the Caribbean and we hope for more appropriate weather at this time of year.  The pulpit exchange brought Joyce, our Anglican friend to the URC and Alison a Methodist lay preacher can be seen with the St.Mary’s choir and celebrants.  Lots more to come.

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Amazing Wedding

We have been to a wonderful wedding at Stowmarket URC.  Sally and Neil, who we have known for only a short time, were married by Chris Wood in an intensely moving ceremony surrounded by family members and friends from the church who have really taken them to their hearts.  Sally who is usually seen in a wheelchair or on crutches stood and walked proudly with only minimal support and carried herself with such grace it was a joy to see.  We were privileged to be invited to be part of their momentous occasion.  The food was good too!

Busy Day

Sunday started with David leading worship and Eucharist at Bildeston, after a hasty lunch we were off to Stowmarket where we joined in the Civic Service  at the URC.  Linda Baxter the new mayor of Stowmarket is an elder there and she was supported by her consort Shirley Bonner who is also an elder.  We met up with old friends and then hurried back to Hadleigh for a light hearted and patriotic performance by the Hadleigh Choral Society.

Here is Linda (with Shirley tucked in behind) leading the procession of mayors including our own Hadleigh mayor in the distinctive black robes.

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We visited several gardens but these show Sid and Rosemary with their daughter in law (and Barley) in their lovely garden.  We also had lunch in St.Mary’s and tea at Jan’s birthday party.

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Southwark & RGS

Back in London, through the open Tower Bridge and moored against the Belfast once more.  We were free to do our own thing so took ourselves to Southwark Cathedral to celebrate David’s ordination 50 years ago.  Particularly enjoyed the resident cat, Doorkiss the Magnificat and the Shakespeare window.

Entertained at the Royal Geographical Society with reception, exhibitions and presentation of Hurley’s photographs of Shackleton’s voyage to the Antarctic.

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Rather murky Dover, the white cliffs were not at their best.  Drive to Canterbury and walk through the old streets to the Cathedral.  So much to see and too many school parties to enjoy it properly.  Will return soon.

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