OUR SERVICES – ALL CHANGE!
In order to prevent our services from clashing with others in the benefice, our monthly routine at St George’s changes as from this month. From now on, services will take place on the second and fourth Sundays. The second Sunday will alternate between a Eucharist (Holy Communion) at 09.30 and a Family Service at the same time. We start this month with a Eucharist to which anyone who has been baptised into a church of any denomination and which recognises the Holy Trinity is welcome to participate.
Evensong will take place on every fourth Sunday at the usual time. May’s Evensong will therefore be sung on 24th May which is the Feast of Pentecost.
HOLY WEEK AT CANTERBURY
On the Tuesday of Holy Week I attended the Bishop of Richborough’s annual Chrism Mass in the Undercroft of Canterbury Cathedral. As always it was a wonderful and uplifting occasion and we were especially honoured that Archbishop Justin was present and gave us all his Blessing (Image on page 5). There’s nothing quite like being in the midst of a full congregation and as the proverbial Norman roof was raised, I was reminded by St Augustine’s famous saying, “He who sings prays twice”.
Many rural churches would love to reap the benefit of a full congregation and at times it’s all too easy to feel a sense of isolation. So thank God for these full houses at Canterbury Cathedral which help to blow away the cobwebs and refill our spiritual petrol tanks with hope and renewal.
The Tenterden branch of the Decorative & Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) will be starting their detailed recording of our church during May. Members of the group will be busy on Mondays from 10 am until 12.30 looking at all aspects of the church architecture, fabric, bells, textiles, records etc and will eventually submit their report in the form of a book which will be an invaluable resource for future generations.
Apologies for previously omitting to mention the construction of the village’s fine new wooden bus shelter which was erected in Ivychurch Road during February. Bus services to Ivychurch are few and far between but the 10.30 to Ashford usually attracts the odd taker on most mornings of the week. More importantly, the village’s school children at last have somewhere to shelter on mornings of inclement weather.
The New Marsh Market is a weekly market to sell and promote local produce. It started on Thursday 16th April and will operate for two months. Contact 01303 311106 for more details.
Football on The Green started on Saturday 25th April After some introductory sessions, Stepahead Support (a Registered Charity) is holding regular Football training and coaching sessions for youngsters on Ivychurch Village Green every Saturday from 10 am until 12:30. For details contact Dean Burfield, Rural Youth worker, on 07795 495 054 www.StepaheadSupport.org.uk
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 Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308
Please telephone for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns at Dymchurch or for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss.