Services at St George’s for the month follow the usual pattern with a Eucharist/ Holy Communion on the first Sunday (1st March) and Sung Evensong on the third Sunday (15th March).
We are well into the season of Lent – the 40 days before Easter - and the last Sunday of March is Palm Sunday when we remember Our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week. This solemn period of the church year is a time of reflection and preparation before the miracle of Easter Day. The Lenten period is often marked by a period of fasting and refraining from festivities which reflects Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness and provides a test of self-discipline.
The one day of relief during this period is Mothering Sunday which always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and we shall be celebrating this day during our Evensong on 15th March. The origins of Mothering Sunday go back to Laetare Sunday and the days before the Reformation when it was the custom to visit one’s cathedral or mother church. This was one of a handful of customs that survived the Reformation and it was usual for a simnel cake to be made and taken to mother.
However, Mothering Sunday as we know it today is due to a lady called Constance Smith who in 1920 published a booklet called ‘The Revival of Mothering Sunday’. This immediately gained favour especially as so many mothers had lost loved ones during the Great War and by 1938, it was claimed that Mothering Sunday was celebrated in every parish in Britain and in every country of the Empire.
As usual both services are at 6.30 pm and all are welcome to join us.
A Parent/Carer Toddler Group is starting in Ivychurch Village Hall on 23rd February from 10 am until 11.30 am. All are welcome. For further information ring Julia Berry in 01797 344 623, Julie Diplock on 01797 344277 or Margaret Waite on 01797 344283.
Heart Start has offered to run a further one evening course on CPR, on a date yet to be confirmed. This excellent course aims to give anyone the basic skills necessary to keep a person alive after suffering heart attack and until professional help can arrive. There is no charge for the course. Anyone interested in attending please contact Margaret Waite on 01797 344283.
IMPROVED BROADBAND PROVISION
In early February Call Flow fitted a small mast to the church tower which should give much improved Broadband reception and speeds. On 20th April a representative of Callflow will be coming to the Ivychurch Amenities Association AGM and Social Evening at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, and will be available to answer queries.
IVYCHURCH ST. GEORGE
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