The Rector Writes

Dear Friends,

Akwaaba! Welcome to our Ghana Special magazine. In these pages you will find lots of information about our recent parish visit to Ghana and an invitation to our special Ghana service on the 7th May.

I asked those who had joined us on our trip to write a few lines about their experience, which included visits, meals, tours and worship, and one of the words that everybody used when describing the worship was ‘joyful’ and as this month we are celebrating Easter I thought this would be a good word to focus on.

Joy is a word we hear all too infrequently despite the fact that it is named by St. Paul as being one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5, “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Out of this list I think we at St. Wilfrid’s do reasonably well except when it comes to joy. I don’t know why it is but there seems to be very little joy or excitement either in our worship or in our dealings with church business or with one another. At times, it seems we consider joy to be un-British, contrary to our stiff upper-lip and understatement. But let us for a moment consider the meaning of Easter.

At Easter the most wondrous, earth shattering, event took place. A man made outrageous statements claiming equality with the Father, claiming to be able to forgive sin, claiming that he would one day judge the people of the earth and in his life receiving worship. These statements either demand condemnation for the obscenest blasphemy or be demanding of pity for a wretched foolishness. The first of these prevailed and Jesus was crucified and put to death and yet God, that same God who Jesus has apparently blasphemed against raised this man from the dead, and he himself had foreseen. In this act the greatest enemy of humanity, the greatest cause of fear and sorrow was defeated.

How can this not be cause for great and abiding joy. How can we not celebrate, giving thanks and praise for the promises of God revealed to us in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? So when next we respond to the words, ‘Alleluia, Christ is risen’ with ‘He is risen indeed, Alleluia’ let us say it with joy, let us say it with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts. Let us say it like we truly and completely mean it. 

Yours in Christ,
Ian.

Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday
Sunday 9th April
10.00 p.m.

At this All-Age service we recall
Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
The palm branches that were waved to
greet the Son of David.

The Daily Offices
We join in a said service of Morning Prayer
at 9.00 a.m. each weekday morning and
a service of Compline at 7.00 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday

Maundy Thursday
Thursday 13th April
7.30 p.m.

A day rich in imagery as we recall how
Jesus fed his disciples at the Last Supper;
washed their feet; prayed in the Garden
and was betrayed unto death.

Good Friday
Friday 14th April
10.00 a.m.

In our service of the Proclamation of
The Cross we commemorate Jesus’
death on the cross and proclaim him
as our Lord and King.

Easter Day
Sunday 16th April
8.30 & 10.00 a.m.

We celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection,
his bursting from the tomb bring new
life and new light to all who believe
in his name.

Easter 2017

On the previous page you will find the list of Holy Week and Easter services. It is common, especially on TV programmes like ‘The X Factor’ and ‘the Voice’, to hear people talk of ‘going on a journey’ but Holy Week is a true journey as we walk with Jesus in the Way of the Cross. We journey with him from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem when he was greeted by the crowds crying ‘Hosanna’ to the Temple which had become a centre for venality to the Upper Room where he donned a towel and washed his disciples feet before feeding them with his own body and blood in the form of bread and wine.

We walk with them out into the Garden of Gethsemane from where he was betrayed, denied and deserted. From there we screw our courage to the sticking place and stand with him at the place of the cross where he faces insult and humiliation, where his life blood flows, and where the sin of the world is laid upon his shoulders to die with him. From Calvary we walk with Mary Magdalene to the tomb where the darkness of night, and the darkness in her soul, is dispelled by the resurrection light of Christ.

This journey, in all its sections, is one journey and needs to be travelled in its entirety if we are to fully understand and know the power of his resurrection; to understand and know the price he paid; to understand and know the depth of his love; to understand and know the debt we owe.

Ian

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Our APCM takes place in church on Sunday 30th April at 11.30 a.m. This is an amalgam of two meetings, the Annual Vestry Meeting at which we elect our Churchwardens and which is open to all parishioners and everybody on the church Electoral Roll. The second meeting is our Annual General Meeting at which we elect our Deanery Synod Representatives and PCC members. We also receive the church’s Annual Report and Accounts. This is an important meeting in the life of your church and, as a member and someone who contributes financially, it is your interest that the church is managed and the monies spent and accounted for correctly.

There are nomination forms for all the elected positions in church on the noticeboard, please do consider standing particularly if you have never stood before.

2017 APCM
Sunday 30th April
at 11.30 a.m.

Ghana 2017

In the end 13 of us, 10 from Mobberley and 3 from Prestbury, made the journey to Ghana, flying from Manchester on the 31st January and transferring at Amsterdam before landing at Kotoka Airport in Ghana at 8 o’clock in the evening.

On leaving the airport we made our way to the coach that would be our transport for the next 9 days. We stacked our cases somewhat precariously on the back few rows of seats, where Canon Ian managed to split his head open and had to retire to the subs bench injured. We then received our first true introduction to Ghana when the bus refused to start. For John G it was his first standout memory -

On arrival at Accra and boarding the coach, which refused to start, and witnessing the driver hitting the battery with a brick to fix it (the battery being situated under Ann H's seat, between her legs!)

After 15 minutes of fiddling with battery connections the bus sprang into life and we took the hour-long journey to our first stay, a rather unprepossessing hotel on the outskirts of the city.

On the following morning we set out along the coast road heading west from Accra to Cape Coast. Cape Coast was the focal point of the West African slave trade and is named after the slave forts that dotted the coast. We arrived at the main Cape Coast Fort where we went on a guided tour. Mary Harwood reflected on this -

Cape Coast Fort, the size of the pens/cellars they were kept in and the conditions - although we have always heard about them, to actually see it and be in the cellars and then hear the conditions, really brought the horror home to me, and it was interest talking to Bismarck after and hearing that they feel guilty too for selling their families into slavery.

At the far end of the dungeons in what is effectively a cave in the rock is a shrine in memory of the tens of thousands of people who were incarcerated in the dungeons. One particularly moving part of the fort is the Door of No Return through which the slaves embarked onto the ships to be transported to the Caribbean and Americas. In recent years it has become something of a tradition for people of Ghanaian descent to come to Cape Coast and walk back through the gate as a symbolic return to their homeland.

From the Fort, and after a lunch by the beach, we then made our way to St. Nicholas Seminary where we met the Principal, some of the tutors and of course some of the students including Isaac and Joseph whose training, as I mentioned in last month’s magazine, individuals from St. Wilfrid’s have sponsored. St. Nicholas is the only clergy training college in Ghana and as well as local ordinands has trained people from Guinea, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Liberia among others. John G noted -

Meeting the ordinands, including Isaac and Joseph who are sponsored by St. Wilfrid's, the Principal and staff was a real joy. The Principal talked to us openly, and eloquently, about the struggle they have with lack of resources, including a severe shortage of laptops for the students

The current Dean is the Very Reverend Emmanuel Addo who was very pleased with the progress that Isaac and Joseph were making, he is pictured alongside Elvis and Marianne, who is one of the tutors.

From St. Nicholas we went to our hotel where we were staying for the next 2 nights. The hotel is beside a large pool which has crocodiles in it, one of which joined us for dinner on our first evening.

On the Thursday we went to Kakum National Park. This park, set within a rainforest, is a haven for wildlife, although being wild it isn’t very easy to see them. The highlight, quite literally, of the visit is a chain of rope bridges strung up in the canopy of the trees which afford a fantastic view and the occasional glimpse of an animal, although not for us on this occasion, however it is exhilarating simply to be up there.

We took the rest of the afternoon off preparing ourselves for the long journey the following day when from Cape Coast we travelled inland to the city of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region. We spent a lot of time on buses, something Anne Howard reflected on -

Sitting in a bus in boiling temperatures sounds like a definition of torture but it was actually fascinating and a highlight of the trip. There was so much going on, people balancing unbelievable amounts and types of stuff on their heads; at one point we saw a little boy with a large bucket of water brim full on his head. We couldn’t understand how he could support the weight never mind not spill it. And a most amazing display of fruit and vegetables will never be forgotten. The countryside changed from lush, thick vegetation in the south to savanna land in the north at the safari park. And in some places there were masses of concrete buildings, finished and unfinished, and shanty towns; in others villages of thatched huts with goats running around them.

In Kumasi we were booked in the Basil Presbyterian Guesthouse, or the Presby as we called it. This was to be our home for the next few days and so for the first time we felt like we could settle in a little. The Saturday was given over to looking around Kumasi with visits to the Royal Palace Museum and the Kumasi Cultural Centre where everybody had the chance to buy their souvenirs. Something noticed by our group were the extraordinary shop names prevalent in the Ashanti region. Ann Grainger noted -

At the roadside were a multitude of small businesses seemingly trying to out-do one another in showing their faith by calling the business inventive names like ‘Jesus Saves Carpentry’, ‘Messiah Electrics’, ‘God loves Supermarket’. I’m not too sure what the ‘Love Me Spot’ was! [Ed. A ‘Spot’ is the Ghana word for a pub]

It was also the opportunity Ian and Michelle had to prepare their sermons as both were preaching at Kumasi Cathedral the following day, Michelle at the 8.00 a.m. service at Ian at the 10.00 a.m. The worship was one of the things people remember best, Mary again remembers -

The services were awesome, the colour, passion and joy were amazing. Meeting the Archbishop of the Province of West Africa was an experience, his humility was amazing - such a nice guy. Being served water and tea by the Dean of Kumasi and the Archbishop was surreal. Watching the children and adults coming up to be blessed was lovely and mind blowing, the kids ran to the rail and the adults seemed to have no embarrassment about coming up, the collections were all about the pleasure of giving thanks rather than the amount anyone gave, in fact we were encouraged to just go and give even if we were just pretending as it was about the thanks giving. Another part of the service was the goods being brought to the altar by the Mothers Union, we weren't sure if it was harvest festival or not, but the array of goods and everything being blessed was fabulous.

And Anne again recalls -

Both Sundays we were up at 6 and in the Cathedrals till 1 or 2 o’clock but there was so much going on. We got quite into the swing of dancing up to the collection plate but of course the music was irresistible. And different groups of people would file up to the altar, some again with produce on their heads, then seemingly hundreds of Sunday school children who got sprayed with holy water, we were very happy to be caught by some of it and cool down a bit.

John G wrote of the worship at the Cathedrals -

Enthusiastic, vibrant, joyous, colourful, noisy, moving, similar, different are some words to describe the services we attended at Kumasi and Mampong Cathedrals. The services are longer than we are used to, Kumasi being almost five hours. Notwithstanding the best endeavours to cool us with electric fans those of us wearing robes sweltered. As many as possible of our group were enabled to take part in the services by reading, leading intercessions, preaching, telling our mission and singing. For Ann and myself our singing of "Be Still for the Presence of the Lord" at both cathedrals was very special will be something we will never forget.

As John mentions members of our group were encouraged to take part and at both Cathedrals Andrew Harwood led the intercessions. John Hennerley and Beverley Angier (from Prestbury church) spent much of the morning in the Sunday School with the hordes of children. John H recalls -

Whilst on our mission to Ghana I was privileged to be allowed to attend the Sunday school lessons at both Kumasi and Mampong Cathedrals. What a fantastic experience that was, the small rooms that they were held in, were packed full of children of all ages. The children were all smartly dressed in their Sunday best and shiny shoes with one little boy even wearing a dicky bow. It was exciting to see their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved and you could feel the unity in the room. Music and dancing was a major part in their worship and to call it Loud would be an understatement, as they were all really enjoying themselves Singing Gods Praises. All I could do was join in even though I think my actions to the songs were a bit slower than everyone else’s. What a fantastic way to Praise God. This is among one of my many cherished memories of my trip to Ghana.

After the service, which lasted around 5 hours (not including the earlier service), the Archbishop, the Most Reverend Daniel Sarfo, took us out to lunch at a rather smart hotel, the Golden Bean where we kicked back a little and, after the Archbishop left us, either lazed in the garden or watched football in the bar.

The next three days were a blur of travel, heat and adventure as we went ‘up north’ to the savannah region near the city of Tamale to visit Mole (pronounced Mol-ay) National Park. The landscape in the north was very different from what we had seen before, being sub-Saharan rather than rainforest. People lived in round adobe huts with thatched roofs, although the presence of the odd satellite dish spoke of creeping modernity even here. The setting of the Safari ‘lodge’ was stupendous, up on an escarpment overlooking grassland and scrub where elephants roamed and came to bathe. It was well worth the 8-hour drive to get there. Where we stayed was at the southern end of a large park and although there are apparently a variety of larger animals here in our visit it was the elephants that we saw. After a morning on walking safari where we got up close, sometimes too close, and personal with some elephants we spent a fantastic afternoon sunning ourselves by the swimming pool watching a troop of elephants bathing in the watering hole below.

On the Wednesday we returned to Kumasi, an even longer drive due to the Kumasi traffic, and after a somewhat difficult night in a different hotel we returned to the Presby for the remainder of our stay and the meat of our visit because on the Thursday we went to Mampong and to the Babies Home.

The journey to Mampong takes and one and a half hours by bus and we went first to St. Monica’s Experimental School (Experimental because it was built to take the overspill from the other St. Monica’s and it was uncertain whether it would work and stay open. It has and it will) with which Mobberley Primary are developing a link. Anne remembers

St Monica’s school, the midwife’s training college and the babies home. Such amazing people, doing such a great job. The enthusiasm of the school children was infectious, and they just loved Immy and Georgia, and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

The school has just six classrooms set along one side of a huge red dirt square which is the playground that it shares with three other schools, one of which is private. The Head Teacher of the school is Patience Gyamfuaa, she called the children out of the classrooms to greet us and it was there we presented her with some of the educational materials we had taken out. Lots of pens and pencils, inflatable globes, educational wall posters, rulers and rubbers. To assist with the school link Patience was also given a laptop donated by Mobberley Primary as well as some books and items of Mobberley School uniform.

Whilst Ian stayed on to do a bit of filming the rest of us went to look around the midwife training college before going to the Babies Home.

We were warmly welcomed by Margaret who is the Superintendent of the Home. She explained how with improvements in antenatal care the number of new born babies left in the home is gradually going down, unfortunately there is a growth in the number of abandoned toddlers so the focus of the Home is having to shift slightly to the older children. The Home raises mixed emotions, admiration for what the Staff are trying to do but also shock and sadness at the resources with they have to work with. This is well summed up by John H -

My jaw dropping moment in Ghana was upon walking in to Mampong Babies home. The lack of any equipment, clothing, furniture, toys, soft toys or play equipment hits you immediately. The rooms were spotless, which is a testament to the carers that work there, and look after these children, but the enormous lack of anything else is extreme. My heart sank when I saw the metal cots in which the children slept. The mattresses, if you can call them that, were paper thin and could not give comfort. These children are loved by the carers so much, which is what this home is built on, but they need so much more. Just keeping this home open to look after these children costs so much, that our funding from St Wilfrid’s is vital for it to keep going. It is without a doubt, that my life has been changed by this one experience alone, never mind everything else I experienced in Ghana. This memory will live with me forever.

John G also noted -

The visits to the two schools and the babies home brought out mixed emotions. One couldn't help but be awed by the dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm of the pupils. However it was such a humbling experience to see how these institutions were coping with the few resources at their disposal and at the babies home we heard distressing stories that moved one to tears.

After lunch and a tour of the Home we presented to Margaret a mountain of gifts that we had taken but which so many other people had donated. Everything from toys to clothes to toothpaste and brushes. Joining her were Pauline and Alison two ladies from South Wales who were staying at the Home as volunteers. All in all it was an emotional and thought provoking day.

On the Friday morning we visited another school, this time in Kumasi and paid another visit to the cultural centre before going for a lovely lunch at the home of a lady called Gertrude. The Kumasi traffic was a nightmare and we returned to the Presby hot and bothered but with a treat for Ian as two people from his previous parish, his clerical colleague the Rev. Jack Hemsworth and a parishioner, Sandra Hughes, had flown in. That evening we all went for dinner at the home of an old friend of Ian and Jack’s called Deborah and there celebrated John H’s birthday in grand style.

The Saturday was one of the most bizarre days as we went to Kumasi Cathedral to share in a wedding in the morning and a funeral in the afternoon. John G remembers -

We were all invited to the wedding of Daniel Asante & Amy Akosua Darkwah on Sat. 11th Feb. This was via Elvis who was officiating and of course we didn't know the couple. The order of service stated 11.00am prompt but by 12.10pm there was still no sign of the bride. This didn't bother Elvis at all because he started the ceremony without her and when she did arrive at 12.30 she just slotted seamlessly into the proceedings!!! wonderful.

After the wedding, in which Ian got them to exchange rings, Michelle prayed over them and Ann presented them with their wedding certificate, we went to the home of Elvis and his beautiful wife Adelaide’s for lunch. Following this we then paid our respects at the funeral of a gentleman who had died. Ann was interested in the funeral customs -

Death is not a ‘hidden’ event in Ghana, it is celebrated. We attended two funerals at Kumasi Cathedral, one of them we rather gate-crashed but were invited to participate. Many is the time that we saw billboards at the roadside giving details of funerals for a loved one, giving a snapshot of the love and respect the families & friends had for the departed one. The service is not a quick ‘in-and-out’ affair either. It starts in the Cathedral early in the morning, then the family sit outside all day under large canopies of red & black, allowing everyone to come and pay their respects by shaking hands all along the rows of family members. This to the constant (loud) accompaniment of drums, bands & singers. We saw a few ‘service sheets’ left behind and these are not the single sheet black & white printed cards that tend to be the norm here. Glossy productions with photos of several generations of the family, each in a section giving a tribute to their relative. The official mourning period lasts a week when another day is spent sitting outside the Cathedral, this time the colours being black & white.

Sunday took us to Mampong Cathedral which is smaller than Kumasi and in some ways, as befitting a newer Cathedral that was until recently a Parish church, a little less formal. Unlike the previous week when our group sat in the choir stalls ‘on show’ this time we sat with the congregation and were able to join in more fully.

After the service we made our way to Nkwarie to the home of Elizabeth Welbeck, another member of Ian’s previous congregation, for lunch. This entailed driving all the way back into Kumasi and then out again. The traffic this time was truly horrendous as the city was completely gridlocked mainly due to an open day at a large school, unbelievably this happens every month. What should have been a two-hour journey took over four. We had a wonderful afternoon meeting old friends and new before driving back to Kumasi on what was probably the most frightening road journey those sat at the front of the coach have ever had the misfortune to experience.

Monday was a wind down day with a tour of the Kumasi market for some of us led by Father Andrew from London, who also happened to be out in Ghana at the same time, followed by a final visit to the Cathedral to say farewell to Adelaide and, as mentioned earlier, to gate-crash another funeral.

It was a tremendously busy and exhilarating two weeks, here are some final thoughts -

Andrew: Over the two week period, having experienced the poverty, and yet the joy and happiness the people of Ghana bring to life, it started and continued to make me feel uncomfortable with how we were treated with so much love and affection, and yet we life in our own little bubble with not much to really worry about. I hope we can arrange to do more and maybe arrange a 2018 trip. Who knows what the future holds?

Ann: A major feature of the Ghana we saw was that their faith was very much out in the open. Travelling around the city of Kumasi there would be seen enormous billboards advertising Christian meetings of many denominations – prayer meetings, bible reading meetings & periods for fasting & renewal.

Anne: Side by side with colour was the warmth, baking hot temperatures enveloping everything and also the warmth of the welcome we received wherever we went. We were very fortunate to see the country as visitors rather than tourists and were warmly welcomed by everyone into their homes, schools and churches. We travelled huge amounts of the country, saw the land, the people, learned about the culture, the history, the churches and even saw some of the animal kingdom.

Ian Barnes: Having spent time on the Continent before the poverty and generally poor conditions was not a surprise. However the way that the people coped with this was remarkable. I have never know such a welcome and warmth with people wanting to shake our hands and welcome us to their Country.

Mary: We were so welcomed! We went to three parishioners homes for meals, they had to serve 14 - 15 extra people, it was interesting to see inside the houses especially at Gertrude’s house, the food was lovely but she was an ordinary person and so to see inside her house was lovely it was very comfortable and cool, I was expecting little furniture and it to be hot and stuffy.

John G: What a wonderful opportunity we have had to meet with friends from another culture and experience their faith and worship world. To join with them and get a taste of their worship and what worship means to them was both amazing and challenging. The questions and challenges we bring back to our congregations at St. Wilfrid's will take some time to work through and work out.

We are going to hold a special video presentation with lots more detail on Sunday 7th May at 10.00 a.m. when we shall be holding a Ghana Special service. Do put this date in your diary and come and join us.

Church Opening

The church building will be open to visitors again every Saturday from the 1st April between 10.00-4.00 p.m. John Grainger has put together a rota of Welcomers to greet visitors and there will be a space for personal prayer in the south-east corner of the nave before the stone cross.

Thank you to everybody who has volunteered to staff the church during these hours and if you are interested but haven’t yet done anything about it then you can still speak to John who will be able to answer all your questions.

Please do let people know that the church is open and encourage them to pop along any Saturday.

The Association of Church Fellowships

Hitech came to the Rajar with Sue Sharrett when she came to tell us about the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. She brought with her a TV screen attached to her laptop and showed us a video of the Trust Farm project. From restoring and adapting the farmhouse, to be used for the care of disabled and deprived children, and also to offer respite care for needy families.

The farm has a lot to offer in the way of playrooms and playgrounds, not to mention the animals that the children love to pet. She told us of the work she did every Tuesday with the children and families.

She also showed us pictures of her cycle ride from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for the farm. Her next project is to walk the Lima trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

She was really buzzing and happy to tell us of the previous days outing to receive an MBE for her work in the community.

Next Meeting
Prison Visiting Ministry
Speaker: Mrs P Riches
Wed. 14th April
The Rajar
2.30 p.m. 

Everyone made welcome
Pam Smith

Messy Church

In March we heard the story of the unforgiving servant who was released from his great debt by the King but who then had a servant thrown into prison for failing to pay him back a considerably smaller debt. In our activities we body painted stitches, joining wounds together and allowing them to heal. We made in-gaol cakes, fairy cakes with sad icing faces behind strawberry lace bars, and shackles from string and aluminium foil. We are all of us imprisoned by our faults but by forgiving and being forgiven people can find freedom in God.

In April we look to Jesus death and resurrection, concentrating on Mary of Bethany who anointed Jesus feet will costly oil, giving to him the best she had to offer.

Messy Church is for young families and involves arts and crafts, stories and songs to explore the Bible. We meet the last Saturday of the month so do come and join us.

Messy Church
The Rajar
Saturday 29th April
10.00 – 11.30 a.m.

That Rings a Bell

For as long as I have been here at St. Wilfrid’s we haven’t been able to have a team to ring on a Sunday evening, and now for the last couple of years it has been increasingly difficult to get a team to ring in the mornings with the bells only being rung regularly once a month at on special Holy Days. Attempts to increase the numbers of ringers have proved somewhat fruitless.

With problems occurring with the bells recently this opened up the discussion regarding the possibility of finding another solution to the problem and one such solution is electrification. There are systems available which allow the bells to be rung by use of hammers which are operated by an electrical system. There are two basic systems, one in which the clappers are removed and the hammers are set within the bell, or one where the hammers are attached to the bell frame and strike the bell externally. The advantage of this second system is that it allows the bells to still be rung manually. You can see on the picture to the left how the hammer stands clear of the bell allowing it to be rung normally when required.

At the March meeting of the PCC it was agreed in principle that we should explore this second option but only if and when the finances should be made available from external, i.e. non-PCC, funding. I am delighted to say that since the PCC that funding has been found and so we are now exploring this option.

We want to make it clear that the electrification will be in addition to the normal ringing and wouldn’t be used to replace it. The electrification also doesn’t lessen our commitment to bell ringing and doesn’t affect our support for any actions to develop bell ringing here at St. Wilfrid’s. The electrification simply gives us more options and restores to Mobberley the glorious sound of the bells calling us to worship at all our services.

The electrification process will take time and will also require a faculty so this matter will be around for some time yet.

Mobberley Victory Hall AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Mobberley Victory Hall Trust Deed Committee (TDC) will take place on Thursday 27th April at 7.00 p.m. at the Victory Hall. At this meeting there will be a report on where we are up to with the Hall and what is next in the pipeline as well as a presentation of accounts.

There still seems to be some confusion between the Victory Hall and the Club. The TDC is responsible for the maintenance of the building and the management of the village hall. The TDC is not responsible for the Club which is an entirely separate entity. From the recent on-line survey it seems clear that some people are still not aware of this distinction. Please do come along and join us on the 27th.

This Month at St. Wilfrid's

Sun. 2nd The 5th Sunday of Lent
Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
Sung Holy Communion (CW) 10.00 a.m.
Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 3rd
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Monday Night Group 8.00 p.m.

Tue. 4th
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.

Wed. 5th
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.
Compline 7.00 p.m.

Thu. 6th
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Doorway 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 7th
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sun. 9th Palm Sunday
Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
All-Age Service 10.00 a.m.
Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 10th Monday of Holy Week
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Compline 7.00 p.m.
Monday Night Group 8.00 p.m.

Tue. 11th Tuesday of Holy Week
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Compline 7.00 p.m.

Wed. 12th Wednesday of Holy Week
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.
Compline 7.00 p.m.

Thu. 13th Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Sung Holy Communion & Vigil 7.30 p.m.

Fri. 14th Good Friday
Morning Prayer 9.00 a.m.
Proclamation of the Cross 10.00 a.m.

Sun. 16th EASTER DAY
Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
Sung Holy Communion 10.00 a.m.

Fri. 21st Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sun. 23rd The 2nd Sunday of Easter
Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
Choral Matins (BCP) 10.00 a.m.
Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 24th George, martyr, patron of England
School Easter Service 9.10 a.m.
Said Communion 7.00 p.m.

Tue. 25th Mark, evangelist
Said Communion 7.00 p.m.
Trust Deed Committee AGM 7.30 p.m.

Wed. 26th Said Holy Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.

Fri. 28th Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sat 29th Messy Church 10.00 a.m.

Sun. 30th The 3rd Sunday of Easter
Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
Sung Holy Communion (CW) 10.00 a.m.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting 11.30 a.m.
Sung Holy Communion (BCP) 6.30 p.m.