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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 6 Summer 2008
The Mount of Beatitudes and Sea of Galilee

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Holy Land pilgrimage

Members of St Marys Church are planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 18-27 November this year, staying in Jerusalem and Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee, visiting many sites traditionally associated with Jesuss birth and ministry, his death and resurrection. The cost of the pilgrimage, based on two people sharing (though single accommodation is available) will be 1,025, which includes transport, guides and most meals. An optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea is also available.

For further details and an application form, please contact Richard Wilson (Tel: 01728 688546 or e-mail mail@richard-c-wilson.com)

Comfort for the troops

Wishing to show support for 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) during their time in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of St Marys have been assembling Comfort Boxes to send out to the troops. Our church had been packed by the soldiers and their families for a special send-off service just before they left; those attending had found it meaningful and hugely comforting, and St Marys wanted to continue the support while the troops were away.

The idea was to fill shoe boxes with as many little gifts as space and weight would allow (no more than 2kg), labelled for a male or female soldier. Gift suggestions included boiled sweets, biscuits, boxed cakes, nuts, crisps and jelly pots, instant soup, noodles and hot chocolate, shower gel, wet-wipes, deodorant, lip balm and toothpaste, notebooks, puzzle books, pens, pencils, a book or local paper and, last but not least, a short note from the sender.

So far, approximately 80 Comfort Boxes have been sent out from St Marys and have been much appreciated. The boxes mean far more than the little treats inside; they show that our soldiers are not forgotten. Recipients have written to say how deeply they have been touched by the thoughts, prayers and loving support that the boxes represent.

More Comfort Boxes would be most welcome. If you would like to help, please leave your filled box in the Parish Office by 1 August, 2008 at the latest.