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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 5 Spring 2008

Visiting retirement and nursing homes

St Marys is privileged to visit six of the retirement and nursing homes in Woodbridge, in order to keep them in touch with the church and their own spirituality, to conduct simple services, and to visit the sick. The team consists of the Rector and the Assistant Curate, the Readers and the Elders, who visit weekly or fortnightly to take a Communion or Morning Service, and to celebrate some of the great festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest. We visit the Seckford Almshouses, Grove Court, Woodbridge Lodge, Deben View, Carthew Court and Haughgate House.

The residents appreciate the opportunity to keep in touch with the church, and to worship. They love to sing as well as to pray. They enjoy the coffee and friendly conversation afterwards. They feel that it helps them to come together as a community, praying for and with each other.

The visits fill a real need. One resident said: "I cannot say how much the Communion service means to me. Feeling so near to my Lord helps me to live without my dearest Arthur. Thursdays once a fortnight give me very great joy." Another said: "The Communion service is a highlight in my calendar. I cannot always get to church and I find the Communion a lovely morning which I can look forward to."

We also look forward to visiting them.

Enjoying old churches

Boulge Church

An Evening with Roy Tricker: Enjoying old churches is a fund-raising event for the repair fund of St Michael & All Angels Church, Boulge. This beautiful little church, hidden amongst tall trees filled with birdsong, and approached across fields by a rough track, is especially famous for its links with Edward Fitzgerald, and deserves all our support. Roy Trickers enthusiasm for old churches is bound to offer us a fascinating evening, when we can learn much about our ancient church heritage and appreciate it in greater depth. Do come!

Tickets 6.50 at the door; includes refreshments
Venue: Burness Parish Rooms, The Street, Melton
When: Wednesday 12 March at 1930

Stop press!

The total raised by St Marys Church cyclists (and walkers) for The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Bike Ride last September was 625.