March Parish News


ST ANDREWS CHURCH
Services for February
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30
3rd 10.0011.00 Family Service Informal Communion
6th 10.30 Pram Service
10th 10.30 Morning Praise
17th 10.30 Holy Communion
20th 10.30 Pram Service
24th 10.30 Morning Praise
31st 10.30 Morning Praise
Open Gardens
St Andrew's Events Committee are planning an Open Gardens event in Slip End. This is to be held on Saturday 13th July and will be open to the whole community. We are hoping that many of the keen (and not so keen) gardeners in the village will participate. Your garden does not need to be anything special. You just need to be enthusiastic and prepared to interest folks looking round. This is not a competition. We are, however, hoping to run a hanging basket competition at the same time, and again, anyone in the village is welcome to enter. The more the better. There will be a collection for charity and we will probably make a small charge for programmes. If anyone feels like offering refreshments or have a plant sale to raise extra money that would also be very welcome.
We would like to know as soon as possible how many people are interested in taking part so please fill in the entry form which you will find in this Parish News and send it to Valerie Church, The Old Bakery, 2 Summer Street, Slip End, or fill in the application form on the St Andrew's web site, or just ring 458443 giving your name, address and phone number.

Sunday March 10th
Winter Classics & Jazz
Grit Brunssen and eight of her colleagues will be entertaining us with a mixture of Classical and Jazz Music on piano, flute and saxophone, as well as voice. This promises to be a wonderful evening in the tradition already set at St Andrew's.
During the interval wine and light refreshments will be served. Profits will go to the music department of the London Bible College, which they all attend.
Tickets from Roger Duncombe, tel. 404988, at 5.00 each, include light refreshments and a glass of wine.

St Andrew's Diary

May 11th Spring Fair
Village Hall
July 13th Open Gardens and Slip End
Village Hanging Basket Competition
September 27th Harvest Supper
Village Hall

News from the Diocese of St Albans
Easter Pilgrimage:
Hundreds of pilgrims are expected to make their way to St Albans Abbey for the diocese's annual Easter Monday Pilgrimage. The all-age event culminates with a short service in the Abbey. This year's theme is 'The Wise Fool' to mark the April 1st date. Pilgrims are invited to gather on Abbey Orchard at 1 pm with a picnic and, at 2.30 pm, to process singing into the Abbey.

Abbey on air:
BBC TV will be broadcasting live the 10 am Easter Sunday eucharist from St Albans Abbey - and will be returning on Easter Monday evening to record a 'Songs of Praise' programme for broadcast during April.

Bishop retires:
The Rt Revd John Richardson, Bishop of Bedford, retires this summer after more than eight years as a bishop and over 39 years in Holy Orders. A farewell service will be held at St Paul's Church, Bedford on Saturday July 13 at 5pm.


PARISH NEWS
We are well into 2002 now and the Parish News team is planning for the coming year. Our finances are sound and it is hoped to retain prices yet again, whilst improving quality. There are plans to include more colour, following the very favorable reaction to our Christmas issue.
Have you payed yet? To the few readers who have yet to pay their 3 for the year ending this spring, please drop it to Sue Horton, 26 Rossway.


ROMANCE IN ALEY END, SLIP GREEN (BESIDE A WOOD!)
On October 6th 1999, Jeremy Purcell came a-wooing Rachel who lived in Mancroft Road with her parents Rev. Tony and Mrs Patricia Higton. They had met at Ayletts Nurseries just south of St Albans and they didn't know how much their lives would change in two and a half years.
After trips to the surrounding sites - Woburn, Ivinghoe, Whipsnade area, St Mary's Luton, the cinema, Hatfield Galleria etc. visits were made to Mancroft Road with lengthy goodnight xxx and to Jeremy's family in Bishops Stortford and Rachel's near Nottingham and South of Lincoln.
On December 16th after a very positive job interview, Jeremy asked Rachel to marry him, on bended knee, in the front porch of St Albans Cathedral. Jeremy moved into Woodside rented cottages near the Plough Pub in mid January, having to watch his head on the 6 foot door. They had visited a couple of churches for Sunday worship and had been at the Millennium New Years Eve service/party at St Mary's Caddington (prayers/chimes/fireworks).
By late January, Jeremy and Rachel decided they would like to settle at St Andrew's Woodside where they started attending wedding classes on Wednesday evening with David Bolster. The worship there was alive, real and hopeful with continuity from Bible, God's message, his story of love for us.
Jeremy and Rachel were the first marriage of 2000 on March 4th. A year later they had some involvement contributing to services and always singing, often with the morning praise group twice a month. They both took parts in Oklahoma, the Harvest musical at Slip End Village Hall. Jeremy spoke to the Mothers Union on Church's Ministry to Jewish people and co-led an Alpha Course in Slip End, Summer 2001. They have lived in Mancroft Road for a year. Rachel recently hosted the Monday prayer group whilst nursing full-time her 94 year old grandmother, Hetty Higton. In March they should all be in their new home in Clarence Road St Albans.
Many thanks for all your help and contributions Rachel and Jeremy, we will certainly miss your friendly smiles. We wish you every happiness for the future and do hope you will come and see us often. Good Luck with the move. God Bless.


If anyone - or you think you know someone - who lives in Caddington, Woodside, Slip End, or Pepperstock and who may benefit from having a two course freshly cooked dinner delivered to their door lunchtime twice a week, this service is available.
The dinners are cooked locally at the Slip End Lower School and are available every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The food is delivered hot by a small friendly team of volunteers belonging to the WRVS. They work on a rota basis, and each van has a driver and an escort.
If you have special dietary requirements, these can be catered for, e.g. diabetes etc. Each meal consists of a main course and dessert at a cost of just 2.45 per meal.

If you would like further information regarding this service please do not hesitate to contact Margery Brett on Luton 724058 or Christine Allsop on Luton 727056.


MOTHERS UNION
March meeting: Thursday 14th we meet at 8pm At 8 Crawley Close (Edie's
home). An evening "Celebrating Mothers" with Photos and Memories. Please
bring a photo of either Mum or Grandma for our 'guess the relative' competition. Also if you have a poem, prayer, story or reading that brings special memories please bring that too. Edie will run her Bring & Buy stall as usual and the evening will not be complete without refreshments.
April 24th: we hope to show the video "Roots and Fruits". This will be at
8pm, at 29 Crawley Close.
Any one interested in any of our topics is most welcome to join us
irrespective of being a M.U. member or indeed attending St Andrews Church.
All are most welcome to join us,.
Plans for our summer programme are well under way. We are hoping to
arrange an evening to give Mums ideas for the School summer holidays, so
watch this space.
Mary Barker


ALEY GREEN METHODIST CHURCH

I the lord of snow and rain
I have borne my people's pain;
I have wept for love of them - they turn away.
I will break their heart of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone;
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

At Aley Green we have started our five weeks Lent course 'In the wilderness'. Our Lent projective is to fill Smartie tubes, with small change, for Christian Aids Goma Volcano Emergency Appeal.
Don't forget to come along: Spring Fayre on March 9th at 2.30p.m. On April 27t at 2.30 it is our Good as New Sale. Skirts, Dresses, Trousers and Tops @ 40p each, or 3 for 1.00. Coats, Dresses, Suits & Jackets @ 1.00 each. Lots of household items, books & children's clothes from 10p. Teas will be served in the school room and cakes and preserves will be on sale. Come along to these events and you will be given a warm welcome.
With love and prayer
from all at Aley Green.
Ann Meader


1ST AND 2ND WOODSIDE BROWNIES
We are still waiting for the right kind of night for us to finish off our Stargazing Badge. On Monday February 18th, we will join with rainbows, Brownies & Guides from our District (Stockwood) for an Activity Day, held at the Village Hall.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
We were extremely lucky to have a visit from Sheila Heaton and Colin Ridgewell on February 3rd at St Andrew's Church. They are the co-ordinators for our area for Samaritans Purse who organize the worthwhile project - Operation Christmas Child. They live in Essex so had begun the day very early to reach us for the ten o'clock service. Lucky for us the day was overcast so we were able to see some of their slides showing a large part of the operation. The warehouse at Chelmsford had been loaned to them for six weeks by the Royal London Insurance and Frogmore Estates and mountains of shoe-boxes are collected there before they depart all over the world. Every year 120 volunteers help to sort, pack and label the boxes, which are then loaded onto huge transits. Sheila told us that last Christmas 20,000 of the boxes from Chelmsford went from Stansted to Afghanistan - yours may well have been amongst them! We were shown some slides of children receiving their boxes and how happy these small gifts made them. I remember seeing a street in Armenia filled with huge water tanks - this was home to many families and it was called 'Water Tank Road'. We saw pictures of orphanages, schools and families living in one room and all so grateful for their 'Love in a Box'. Sheila also told us that Samaritans Purse are setting up a crisis center in Afghanistan to help the people whose lives have been shattered by the recent war.


Sheila and Colin with poster


Chatting after the service.

It's not too early to start making up your shoe box for this year. Please try and help this very worthwhile cause.
Sue Cowell, Organiser


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