Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073
Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392
From the Vicar
I am getting a tad fed up with the media at the moment, particularly the “news”. Claim, counter claim, U-turns, alleged U-turns, dire warnings, totally unsubstantiated “facts” (I won’t call them downright lies!) on a daily basis. How do you debunk the actual reality from all the opinions and desire to fill innumerable column inches. What is truth, myth and falsehood?
It’s the time of year though to have to debunk the myths, isn’t it? I am very pleased to see that the amount of merchandising around Halloween appears to have diminished this year though it is still, obviously, a money-maker for the retailers. Halloween (All Hallows Eve) is one of the most misunderstood days in the church year. It is literally the evening before All Saints Day (celebrations of a particular day often starts the evening before in the Christian church, as in other world faiths), the day when we remember all those countless other saints who don’t have a particular day dedicated to them during the year. All Saints Day was decreed as 1st November by Pope Gregory 3rd in the middle of the 8th century. All Saints Day is immediately followed by All Souls Day, the day when we especially remember the departed (our loved ones gone before us). All Hallows Eve has absolutely nothing to do with any of the materialism, trick or treating, horror movies or any other modern gimmickry although some scholars accept there may be some ancient Celtic and folklore influences around the date.
The end of November sees the end of the church year and the beginning of
the new year – Advent. Watch out for special services on Saturday evenings and
weekly frugal lunches in addition to all the Carol Services, Christingle and
other services in December – more next month! In 2019 our lectionary gospel is
Luke and there is a gospel which debunked a lot of the myths and prejudices
that were around 2000 years ago. More next year in our sermons!
Services at St. Nicholas Church
4th Nov 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
11th Nov 10:45am Remembrance Service
18th Nov 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service
25th Nov 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
2nd Dec 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
Sunday 11th November 2018 10:45am Remembrance Day service in church to mark the end of WW1.
Advance notice – Advent frugal lunch & talk
On 5th, 12th, 19th December at 12noon we will be holding a frugal lunch (soup, bread and cheese) followed by a short talk on the theme of the Advent Wreath at Hilderstone Village Hall. All welcome
Tickets for the annual prize draw are now available from Rowena. Draw to take place on 6th December at 6pm in BlackLake Inn.
We pray for
the Church, for all who are ill, bereaved, troubled or confused. If you cannot
get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar
(397073) or Shirley Rawlings (01538 724392).
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370 The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick Fulford Residents
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370
The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome
Coffee and a chat.