As well as tea, cake and chat the September B&B meeting had a visit from 2 Community Police Officers. They offered advice and answer questions about how to avoid Doorstep Crime. The main message is: if someone turns up at your door unannounced do not let them do any work for you however charming and persuasive they are. If you need something done go to a reputable tradesman or ask a neighbour for a recommendation.
For those with big questions about death, dying and funerals, having someone to talk to can be invaluable. But how do you start those conversations, and with whom? GraveTalk was an idea launched through the Church of England to do just that.
On a wet Saturday afternoon in August some 30 members of the congregation gathered in the hall for tea, cakes and two hours of ‘GRAVETALK’ – organised by Nicki.
Each table was given 3 cards with relevant topics for discussion. People could discuss or not as they choose. Some questions were directly related to funerals but others where a sideways look like ‘ What is your favourite possession and who would you leave it to?’ or ‘How would you like to be remembered?’ Some people had already made plans or part plans for their funeral but, of these, not all had told no prescription drugs anybody where to find the list of their wishes!
There is a lot to be decided including:
- Burial or Cremation
- Religious or Non-Religious Service
- Music, Hymns, Readings from Scripture, Poems, Eulogy etc etc.
- Is there to be a Reception after?
- If Cremated where do you want your remains to go?
- If you don’t have a Funeral Plan who will pay?
There followed a talk by Andrew Purves from one of our local Funeral Directors. He gave an informative talk about their service and the different options available from type of coffins to type of Services, from local Crematoriums to possible Burial Sites, etc.
Hopefully it got those who attended to think what they would really like to happen after they died. Then to write a list and let their family and/or lawyer and/or priest know where the list is kept.
On the first Saturday in July the Brew & Blether group hosted a special strawberry afternoon tea. It was much enjoyed by those who attended.
On Palm Sunday there was a joint walk with the Parish Church, through the Dell and Colinton Park, with stops at various locations to meditate on some of the Stations of the Cross.
During the week there were service each day with a Eucharist and Washing of Feet on Maundy Thursday. On the morning of Good Friday‘Experience Easter’ for youngsters was held and followed by a three hour Vigil from 12-3pm.
Easter Day started at 7am with a Service of Light followed by coffee and croissants in the hall. Nicki then took the usual 8.30 service before returning to a full church for the 10.30. She gave a special address to the children and after the service there was an Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds.
A consignment of 20 hats and two scarves, courtesy of our Secret Knitters, has been delivered to the Diocesan Office for the Mission to Seafarers.Given the weather we have had of late, I am sure that they will be very much appreciated.
Thanks to Oliver’s mum, Lynsey, who sent us some photos from his baptism on Mothering buy ambien online is legal Sunday. The photos were taken by Hazel Whittall Photography.
It was lovely to welcome Bishop John, on Sunday 18th March, to present The St Cuthbert diocesan award to Mary Moffett and Donald Mackintosh and to celebrate Lay Ministry in our church.
With thanks to our wonderful Secret Knitters, another parcel of wee jackets, hats and colourful blankets has been sent to the charity Knit for Peace.
A few days after Margaret sent the parcel she got the following letter:‘Dear St.Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church
I am delighted to say that we have cheap valium overnight delivery received your wonderful knitted donations. We look forward to delivering the knitted items, as they will undoubtedly make a big difference to those in need. Thank you for your support, we truly appreciate it.’
A Burns Supper at St.Cuthbert’s has been a tradition for many years; the format however changes. This year, after the Haggis had been piped in by Cameron & addressed by Kate there was a traditional Burns Supper provided by Haddows Catering. People had been asked to BYOB, the photo shows the assortment of drinks cheap generic viagra online pharmacy they brought. During the meal an impromptu competition was started after one of the diners started to sketch on the paper tablecloth. Others joined in, Ceri got the prize after sketching her fellow diners at table 3. After the meal there was an Evening of Verse and Music in honour of Burns.
For years the list of Who’s Who at St.Cuthbert’s has included: Organist & Choir – Contact Donald Mackintosh. Well things are changing; Donald has decided that now he is about to reach a significant age it is time for him to step down and make way for someone younger. To learn more about Donald’s life and his 70-years of connection with St.Cuthbert’s Choir read the specially written Psalm. The choir sang this for him during the 10.30 Service on 21st January. The photo shows Donald cutting his celebratory cake at coffee time after the service.
Julian Jefferson will be taking over the role of Music Director.