Outlook Issue 12 Winter 2010
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Music at St. Mary’s. Musical events form a special part of our lives here in Woodbridge and by making our beautiful church available for them links with the community as a whole have been strengthened to everyone’s’ benefit. Tribute must be paid to Vic Dyer, who has worked very hard to co ordinate this activity and to master the complexities of regulations, licences, performance fees and all the other aspects. As I have said elsewhere it is a hard act to follow, but I will try to keep up the tradition. My thanks to those who have already responded to my request for potential helpers and if anyone else feels that they could lend a hand moving chairs and so on please do let me know. I do hope that you will support these events. I will do my best to provide an interesting programme in the forthcoming months. Two or three events are at the planning stage and details will be released as they become available. Contact Andrew Hester on 388591 or antressor@keme.co.uk Lycra invasion On Saturday 8th September, 137 intrepid cyclists and walkers visited St. Mary’s during the 29th annual Suffolk Historic Churches Trust bike ride. On a lovely late summer’s day the first cyclist arrived; this was his 29th ride and each year he visits over 70 churches – he was certainly older than the number of churches he usually visits. As usual many churches were offering refreshments, with this year’s Hambling Award for nicest cake being won by St Andrew’s Melton. As I cycled around the local villages with my son David, we saw many families enjoying the day and it was great to see so many St. Mary’s names signed in on the various visitors’ logs. It’s only 11 months until the 2011 ride, so please think about joining in. Thank you to everyone who participated, as well as the volunteers who kindly gave up their time to welcome visitors to St. Mary’s. MAPIL (Middle Aged Parishioner in Lycra) Spiritual Life Winter Prayer Walks Michael Stagg is planning further Prayer Walks during the winter months. Walks usually start around 10.15, and are not more than five miles long. We car share and often have a pub lunch together at the end of the walk. Everyone is welcome. The dates are: 29 November Advent Walk in the Dunwich area 13 December Pin Mill Walk 1 January New Year Walk in Minsmere/Dunwich Heath area 2 February Candlemass Walk – Fynne Valley to Little Bealings church Further details will be on display at the back of St. Mary’s Church in good time – along with sheet for you to add your name to if you would like to come along. Alternatively contact Michael on 01394 387280 or michael.h.stagg@btinternet.com Join us on the Emmaus Road Our Emmaus discussion groups have been meeting regularly in the run up to Christmas. The two hour sessions come in clusters of 4, 5 or 6, after which we take a break. Each session is free standing so you don’t have to commit to attendance every time. Groups are led by facilitators who encourage discussion and there is no pressure to contribute and no awkward questions to answer. We simple share thoughts and views. Recent comments include: “The group has given me confidence, since my husband’s death and a knowledge that I am accepted.” “The group is able to talk freely, to discuss, question, search and explore.” “An opportunity to hear new approaches and interpretations.” “Interesting to exchange ideas and concepts.” “Learning is fun!” The principles of the recent course were grounded in Scripture and the practice of the New Testament Church. Oikos is a Greek word meaning extended household or network of relationships but don’t be put off by the word. We keep things simple and just enjoy travelling together. If any of the above interests you please come along or contact me on 386786. If you would like transport, please ask me. Tony Waller