2 This month in The Window... . . . there is a variety of ‘news and views’ from all

around the parish, with an insight into traditional cus- toms around Easter eggs, an interesting perspective of one of the charities that St Michael’s has chosen to support as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations, and a review of the extremely well-attended concert in St Helen’s during March. All the usual information about forthcoming events and the ever-popular quiz are here as well.

Enclosed with this edition of The Window is a leaflet giving details of services during Holy Week and Easter; leaflets will also be available in all three churches—why not deliver one to a friend or neigh- bour and invite them to come to church during this special time in the Church’s year?

This is also the time of year when subscriptions are due. If you collect your copy from church, don’t forget to send payment to the office (in an envelope marked The Window). Thank you to all those who deliver The Window month by month.

News from the Parish

Annual Meetings At this time of year, the church holds its annual district (ADCM) and parochial (APCM) meetings. At these meetings, churchwardens are elected, as well as representatives on the DCCs and PCC, and this year representatives on Abingdon deanery synod. The Annual Report and Accounts are present- ed and approved, and plans for the forthcoming year are discussed. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dates of the meetings for this year are:

St Nicolas ADCM: St Helen’s ADCM:

Monday 27 March, 19.30 in St Nicolas’ church Sunday 2 April, 11.45 in St Helen’s church

St Michael’s ADCM: Thursday 6 April, 19.30 in St Michael’s church Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames APCM:

Tuesday 18 April, 19.30 in St Helen’s church

Congratulations to the Abingdon Society of Bell Ringers who have won the prestigious Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award, from the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART). Susan Read was presented with the £400 prize at the ART conference in Basingstoke on Saturday 11th March.

Fr Paul and his Amazing Technicolour Dream- scarf

As part of the fundraising effort for Tariro, a group of expert knitters, Carol Bowman, Jane Cadogan, Anne Gould, Helen Owen, Margery Radford, Gill Squire and Julie Woodley pre- sented Father Paul with a scarf of many colours, 150 to be ex- act, which they had knitted in glorious stripes. Donated wool and a spirit of collaboration and inspiration enabled the work to be completed in just over two months. The scarf, which was presented to Father Paul on March 5, raised over £350 for Tari- ro and will no doubt keep Father Paul warm and cosy as he travels around the parish.

April 2017

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