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FAREWELL TO MUSIC KING
Sunday (May 4) will be Nicholas King’s last Sunday as director of music at St John’s.
There will be a special Choral Evensong at 6.30pm with a Farewell to Nicholas, followed by a buffet set out in the hall. All are welcome.
HOLY WEEK ‘THANK YOU’
St John’s Church has thanked people for ‘all the hard work from everyone’ during Lent, Holy Week and Easter and to those who decorated the church so beautifully for Easter Sunday.
The church has also announced that its latest parish magazine is now available for 60p from the back of building. Distributors are advised to collect their bundles of magazines for delivery from near the font.
FAY’S MISSION TRIP
Parishioners have been thanked for supporting a recent cake sale for ‘Fay’s Mission Trip to Moldova’ at St John’s Church.
The sale raised an astonishing £118.15 and Fay said she was ‘overwhelmed by the kind support’. The church-goer leaves for the mission on June 25.
She said: “I would appreciate your prayers for the trip and for the Operation Mobilisation charity.”
For more information on Operation Mobilisation’s work visit
MULTI-FAITH CALENDAR: BELTANE
May 1: On the cusp between spring and summer, Beltane is a fire festival that celebrates the fertility of the coming year.
Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel’ (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.
Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community.
In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.
Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening.
These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.
Other festivities involved fire which was thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility.
Cattle were often passed between two fires and the properties of the flame and the smoke were seen to ensure the fertility of the herd.
RIDVAN: TWELFTH DAY
May 2: The Ridván Festival, which this year started from sunset on April 21, comes to a close at sunset on Friday.
The festival marks Bahá’u’lláh’s time in the garden of Ridván in 1863 and his announcement that he was the prophet promised by the Báb.
Bahá’u’lláh ordained this festival ‘Most Great Festival’.
May 4: Hebrew for ‘Day of Remembrance’ and marks Israel’s official Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.
The national observance was enacted into law in 1963. While Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has now been extended to civilian victims of political violence, Palestinian political violence and terrorism in general.
May 5: The national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.
It is celebrated on fifth of Iyar according to the Hebrew calendar.
NEXT WEEK: ‘BUDDHA DAY’
May 14: Holy day observed by Buddhists in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
From Robin McEwen, Methodist Church
Fashion is fickle, I often joke: “What I’m wearing today, everybody else was wearing three years ago”.
As Christians, our constant fashion is to be like Jesus, that doesn’t mean we all have beards and wear sandals, it means we try our best to be like him.
How do we know what he is like?
Well, you can read about him in the Bible, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and you can talk to him in prayer.
Fashions come and go, but the presence of Jesus is forever, and only a prayer away. Call on him today.
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