During March, our set services are the celebration of the Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month (2nd March) followed by a Sung Evensong on the third Sunday (16th March) – both are at 6.30 pm. As usual, everyone is very welcome to attend either or both of these services.
ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT
Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, falls on 5th March and services will take place elsewhere in the benefice to mark this occasion. Lent is a period of penance and reflection which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Although at one time a Roman Catholic practice, it is now the custom in many Anglican churches to mark foreheads with ashes in the sign of a cross to remind us of human mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes are gathered from the burning of the palms used in the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, "Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return," or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We renew the promises made at our baptism when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in Heaven.
The Bishop of Dover will conduct a Confirmation at All Saints, Lydd on 29th September. If there’s anyone in the village who wishes to consider being confirmed then please initially contact either Margaret Waite or myself. The sacrament of Confirmation is an occasion for professing personal commitment to the faith and is sometimes known as the sacrament of Christian maturity by which the recipient is sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and strengthened in their Christian life.
The mobile library is based at Ashford and continues to call at the Village Hall car park on alternate Wednesdays between 10.45 and 11.10. The librarian can be contacted on 07740 183768.
The 20th February meeting of SOMBRE heard the UKIP MEP Roger Helmer speak out against onshore wind farms on Romney Marsh. There is an expanding body of applied research and data that prove that Wind Farms should not be part of the solution to addressing the UK's energy needs. More efficient alternatives have been developed - particularly in wind and wave technologies - that do not blight the local landscape or negatively impact the local economy. For further information concerning the SOMBRE campaign, contact Press Officer Mike Bartlett on 07738546005.
IVYCHURCH ST. GEORGE
Where the word “in” appears before a date it signifies that the
priest was in occupation of the benefice during that year but
the date of his institution is not known.
If you would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of any of these four wonderful churches then please telephone
Priest in Charge The Revd Jim Field
The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308 to email Jim: click here
Telephone Jim for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns or for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss with him