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
Rites of passage have figured prominently in the benefice over the last few weeks. During this year we have had a lot more funerals than normal but, at the opposite end of life’s span we’ve had two and have got two baptisms due (both two children) and we have two more weddings to look forward to before the end of the year.
Rites of passage encompass the whole spectrum of emotions from complete sadness and feeling of bereftness to memories of joy and laughter as we recount incidents, many long forgotten, that we shared with our now departed loved ones. In baptism we share the excitement and joy of, mostly, new parents and we remember baptisms of siblings; we choose carefully (most of the time!) those we particularly want to share in the child’s upbringing and development as we decide on godparents and we start the nurturing process of those older people who come to us for baptism. Wedding couples can be excited, nervous, almost overwhelmed to begin with but it is such a joy to work with them in the months leading up to their big day (and for me, it is an even bigger joy when, later, they ask me if I can baptise their children!). Yes, rites of passage cross all generations. They can be exhausting both physically and mentally but they are definitely a major part of the church’s witness in our communities.
And what a role model we have – Jesus. In the gospels we encounter Jesus in rites of passage - mourning the death of his friend, raising a child back to life, encouraging the children to be brought to him for blessing, attending a wedding (and preaching a parable about another one). Jesus, our fully human and fully divine Saviour, knew and knows all about rites of passage and all the emotions surrounding them.
Rites of passage are a natural part of our existence as are the seasons, which in some ways emulate our experiences. In spring we think about new life from seeds etc and at this time of year we think about the completion of the cycle – harvest. Both our churches will be celebrating harvest in some way – check the service rota and what’s on.
God is SO good; he gives us so much more than we desire, need or actually want; he supports us through each and every stage of our life. Isn’t it right that we give him thanks and praise through our rites of passage services and at harvest time?
Services at St. Nicholas Church
2nd Sept 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
9th Sept 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
16th Sept 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
23rd Sept 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
30th Sept 9:30am Benefice Holy Communion
7th Oct 9:30am Harvest Festival
There is a box at the back of church for prayer requests.
Anyone is welcome to join us on a Wednesday morning at 10 am in the Annexe for prayers.
If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397303) or Shirley (01538 724392).
Sunday 7th October at 9:30am in church is St Nicholas Harvest festival followed by the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall at 6:30pm. Call Rowena for details.
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.