Services at St George’s for the month follow the usual pattern with a Eucharist/ Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month(4th January - and the day before Twelfth Night) and Sung Evensong on the third Sunday (18th January). As usual both services are at 6.30 pm.
Once again, our thanks to Peter Hawkins for placing the Christmas Star on the church tower flagpole and also to Stella Hendy for sponsoring it. The illuminated star certainly adds a wonderfully festive air to our village and can be seen for miles across the damp, marshland fields. It draws us in, just like the Star of Bethlehem did to the wise men some 2000 years ago.
CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS
Our Festival of Lessons and Carols with Christingle on 14th December was again a wonderful occasion and was blessed by the magnificent support of the indefatigable Canterbury City Band. It really is wonderful to experience our huge barn of a church filled with joyous music and this year, for the first time, three Authorised Lay Ministers from elsewhere in the benefice introduced the Christingle to the dozen or so children present. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the occasion so memorable.
AND THE PARTY …
The children’s party, which was held in the Village Hall on 13th December, attracted about 20 young people from the village and beyond. They enjoyed music and games while some made Christingles in preparation for the following day’s service at St George’s. A lovely tea was provided and thanks to Julie Diplock, Judy Suckling, Margaret Waite and their helpers for arranging and supervising it all.
Readers might remember that members of the British Lichens Society visited the church during the autumn. They were impressed by the wonderful diversity of lichens and during their two-hour search counted no fewer than 100 different examples. It was pointed out that churchyards remain a very valuable habitat for lichens, particularly in Kent where natural outcrops of rock are sparse. Over one third of the 2,000 species found in the British Isles are found in churchyards. Should anyone wish for a copy of the report then please contact me via e-mail (email@example.com) and I’ll gladly forward it.
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.
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