News From St. Mary's
On 2nd. October, in temperatures approaching 30C, the traditional Autumn scene which is 'harvest time' seemed far away, but it was that sea- son once again when we give thanks for our land and all it produces for us as food.
As always, the ladies had
excelled with their stunning decora- tions of flowers, greenery and fruits which further enhanced the beauty of the glorious building which is St. Mary's, the Parish Church of Woodbridge.
packets of food were sent this year to our friends at Woodbridge Salvation Army for their work among the desti- tute who do not enjoy a daily meal. The demand upon the Salvation Army's resources of food has increased dramatically this year.
Children and young people led the service with readings, prayers and a thought provoking presentation in which they were asked to think for one minute about their favourite foods. Chips seemed very popular! We were then reminded that in that short space of time, 14 people will have died in the world, many of them children and some because of lack of food and water. What a wonderful way to make this statistic real to the children.
Following the service, the traditional bring-and-share harvest lunch was enjoyed in the Abbey School Hall. Our grateful thanks go to all who con- tributed to, and attended, these cele- brations.
Return Of A Much Loved Priest
Children taking part at Harvest Festival
Today's 1000 service was centred round our children and their families as all age groups gathered with their gifts. Offerings of cans, bottles and
October continued the theme of cele- bration when we welcomed back to St. Mary's our former Curate Revd. Paul G. Hambling on Sunday, 9th. It was exactly a year ago that Paul preached his farewell sermon to us here before moving to South London to become Vicar of his own parish.
How good it was to have him with us once more: to listen to his strong, clear voice as he spoke the familiar words of the Eucharist; to see his presence at the altar where his min- istry began; to be drawn into his address with its familiar humour and great depth of warmth and sincerity. And how well he coped with an unre- hearsed mishap when a heavy nose bleed forced him to stand down from presiding (the Rector proved an ade- quate emergency stand-in!).
was a joy that he recovered sufficient- ly to deliver his meaningful and rele- vant address. At coffee, it was as if Paul had never been away, and it is obvious that St. Mary's and Woodbridge still hold a special place in his heart. It was lovely to see you Paul, please come again soon!
Dates For Your Diary November 3rd.
All Souls Day when we remember especially those who have died. At 1930, Parish Eucharist, to which everyone is invited to share with us the thoughts, memories and hopes of our loved ones.
November 11th. At 1100, Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial on Market Hill.
November 13th. Remembrance Sunday. At 1050, Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial followed by interdenominational serv- ice on Market Hill.
November 19th. From 1000 until 1200, our annual Autumn Fair in St. Mary's Church Centre on Market Hill, this year raising funds for the tower repair fund. Stalls, raffle, games and competitions. The entrance fee of £1 includes cof- fee and mince pies.
gifts here, socialise, enjoy the fun and support the preservation of your Parish Church.
Details of our December events, together with times of services for Advent and the Christmas Season will appear in the next edition of this pub- lication. Watch this space!
Art Exhibition at Woodbridge School -
12th-13th November - 10am to 4pm
This year the open art exhibition at Woodbridge School is being relaunched as "Suffolk Skies" and will be a celebration of the many flourishing art societies in our part of Suffolk.
The exhibition is being organised as a joint effort between Woodbridge School and Woodbridge Art Club - with the cooperation and support of many art clubs and societies in the Ipswich area.
Other local art groups taking part are: Felixstowe Art Group, Orwell Art Club, Playford Art Club, Grundisburgh Art Group, Martlesham Brushstrokes Art Group, Rendham Art Group, Orwell Art Group (Felixstowe), Humber Doucy Painting Group and Stowmarket Art Club - with the Suffolk Monochrome Group adding some of their photographs.
The exhibition will take place in the School Hall, a wonderful venue for displaying a unique collection of work from local artists and photographers.
Woodbridge Art Club - Autumn Exhibition
A great opportunity to buy original gifts and artwork.
Free exhibition of paintings, pottery and lace at The Art Club, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge.
Every Saturday and Sunday - 5th November to 4th December from 10am to 4pm
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