April Parish News

Services & events for February


Sun 6 10.00am

Family Service



Informal Communion

Wed 9 10.30am

Pram Service

Sun 13 10.30am

Palm Sunday Service

Thur 17 8.00pm

Informal Maunday Thursday Communion

Fri 18 12.00noon

Good Friday Service

Easter Day

Sun 20





Holy Communion



Songs of Praise

Sun 27 10.30am


  Morning Praise

3-16 meeting

in Family Room


Easter Services

Palm Sunday - 13th April
A shorter service at 10.30am followed by the St Andrews A.G.M.
Zip Jam Boo the children's group will operate throughout.

Maundy Thursday - 17th April
Informal Service of Holy Communion at 8.00am with an extended time of prayer for special needs.

Good Friday - 18th April
An hour at the Cross. A quiet meditative Service from 12.00 - 1.00pm

Easter Day - 20th April
Holy Communion at 10.30am
During the service the children will have the opportunity to join in creating an Easter Garden.
Songs of Praise at 6.00pm - a chance for you all to join in with some favourite hymns.

Happy Easter from all of us at Aley Green Methodist Church. Our weekly Lent meetings 'New World, old Faith' have been very lively and interesting. Our thanks to Mike Bull and Sue Sowley for leading them. The Lent projects this year for the adults was to fill smartie tubes with small change for 'War refugees. The children chose to fill their smartie tubes for 'World villages for children' (an organisation that gives children a chance to break free from a life of poverty.
We are holding a Beetle Drive on April 4th from 7p.m. onwards, at Café #7 Manor Road, Caddington. There will be a bangers and mash meal, followed by ice cream and jelly, then games of beetle. Adults £4 children £2. Prizes will be given to the winners and there will be a tombola at 50p ago with a prize every time. Thank you to Chris and Sarah McCaughey for the venue. All money raised will go to the National Children's Homes. Tickets from Cafe # 7 or Ann, Tel 733668. N.C.H. is the children's charity of the Methodist Church. We believe that all children and young people should have the support and opportunities they need to reach their full potential (Supporter Help Line: 08457626579 or www.nch.org.uk
Dates for your diary
May 17th 2.30p.m. Good as New Sale at Aley Green in aid of Methodist Homes for the Aged.
May 24th 9.00a.m. Cake stall out-side the Co-op in Caddington in aid of Church funds.
In June (we don't know the date yet) the BBC TV Songs of Praise celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley with a thousand Methodist voices.
My mother and my brothers are those who hear Gods word and put it into practice.(Luke 8:21)
Loving God, parent of all, we remember the call of Jesus to fulfil our responsibilities to the children of our community. We ask for your guidance and blessing in serving and loving others as you would have us done. Amen

With love and prayers from all at Aley Green Methodist Church.
Ann Meader

March 20th 2003
The following press release has been issued to the media this morning:
Clergy across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Barnet are being encouraged to keep their churches open for prayer and reflection during the war with Iraq.
The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, has issued guidance to clergy and other Christian ministers on how they can assist the families of any casualties and the wider population, following the outbreak of war.
He said: "It is at times such as these that our ministry of prayer, sacrament and pastoral care is of the greatest importance. War can be a traumatic experience for everyone, not just those who are directly involved and their families, but right across the population. I expect our churches, and other places of worship, to be the focus of much prayer and reflection and to meet a vital human need.
"Now that hostilities have begun, we need to pray for a speedy end to the fighting, and for minimum casualties on all sides. We need to pray for long-term peace with justice for the whole region, and for the healing of rifts in the world community."

The Bishop told the Clergy and ministers: "I do not doubt that through God's grace your pastoral ministry to your people will be deeply valued. The image of the Good Shepherd is one which we need to have constantly in our minds and souls as we exercise our ministries in the days and weeks ahead."
Local clergy will be offering support to the families of any casualties, alongside representatives of the armed forces.
At St Albans Abbey, the focus for prayer and meditation will be the North Transept area. Prayers will also be said at all services.
Prayers for individuals and congregations have been issued to clergy for use in their churches.
Issued by: Peter Crumpler
Communications Officer
Diocese of St. Albans,
Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469

Pilgrims from across the diocese will be making their way to St Albans Abbey for the annual Easter Monday Pilgrimage. This year, an extended exchange of the sign of Christ's peace will form a central part of the pilgrimage on Monday April 21st. The theme is 'My peace I give to you.' Once at the Abbey, the day will consist of activities from 1.30 pm on the Abbey Orchard. Pilgrims are asked to bring their lunch. Processions into the Abbey will begin at 2.30 pm. Details of the day can be obtained from parish clergy or from Canon Stephen Lake on 01727 890201 or subdean@stalbanscathedral.org.uk
Peter Crumpler Communications Officer
Diocese of St. Albans

First a change of date for your diary. The Summer Fayre is now to be held on
Saturday 12th July 2003. The FOSELS committee thought it wise to change the date as other schools in the area are holding their Fayres on our first date.

Red Nose Day 2003 was Friday 14th March and the school organised events to raise funds for charity. Every pupil was invited to come to school on that day with a Wacky Hair style. All the staff and children came with a dazzling display of what you can do to your hair. There were many styles; some depended upon lashings of gel and others upon feathers and ribbons. At assembly on the day, children from the Foundation Unit and Main school displayed their fashions.
The Foundation Unit also baked biscuits and cakes to raise funds for charity. These were sold during the day to the rest of the school.
The total amount raised for Red Nose Day was £150 which included £35 raised by the sale of biscuits and cakes.
Our picture this month is the 'Caring Tree' which is on display in the school hall. Every child in the school made an imprint of their hands. These were cut out and used to make the foliage and leaves. So every member of the school is represented in the display. The rainbow represents the promises that were made to care for each other. The words on the picture are all 'caring' words.
Paddy Higgens


Slip End Toddler Group
Birth - Pre School
Meet at Slip End Village Hall
1.30 - 3.00pm
Term Time
Great fun for your children

Ring Paula on 01582 650552 for further details

Vegetable Garden (April)
Keep the hoe going among the young plants before weeds get into vigour and stifle vegetables, also keep the earth loose round new growth. If the weather is good and the soil works well, plant second early and late potatoes, keeping an eye on the early potatoes set. When shoots start to appear cover with more soil. Main crops of carrots can now be sown, as well as wintergreens and runner beans.

Flower Garden
The hardy annuals can be sown in open borders where you want them to remain, thinning out later. Plant out pansies and violas, trim off dead growth from those that have survived the winter.

Roses & Fruit
Any fruit tree grafting necessary ought to be done, spray fruit trees and larger shrubs. Any new roses must not be planted later than the first half of April, preferably the first week.

From now on these can be mowed more frequently, do not mow when surface is frozen. Well oiled easy running roller machines can be used without damage even when the ground is fairly wet.
Gillian Plummer

Our Club is now back to normal meeting every %Thursday afternoons from 2pm in the Village Hall.
We celebrate our 38th Birthday in March.
On Thursday April 17th , Gillian & Shirley are doing an afternoon tea dance for4 us, the last one was a great success.
These are some of the outing we have planned forth coming year.
June 19th - Mystery Tour
July 15th - Bournemouth
August 21st - Weymouth
September 25th - we hope to see the lights at Southend and sample the Fish and Chips.

Our thanks to Heartlands PCT & Beds County Council we were invited to The Rufus Centre at Flitwick. We had a very interesting day trying to sort out problems, if any, with Health & Social Services in Bedfordshire.
Our grateful thanks to the Harrow, Woodside, Three Father Christmas's, the Grace Cook Trust, Gillian and Shirley and everyone that helps us over the year with all their contributions. It is a very great help to sub our rent and outings throughout the year.
Sorry to hear that our Chairman Gerald is in Hospital but we all wish him well.
'Get well soon Gerald'
Viv Porter

Slip End & District Association

Car Boot Sale
Indoors & Outdoors
Slip End Village Hall
Easter Monday
10am - 2pm
For a stall ring 414796 / 723109
Don't forget to give in your names on that day to Gillian, for the Senior Citizens Outing on Saturday June 7th

Brown Owl 2 (Barbara) has recently been in hospital to have her hip sorted out and she is making good progress. Not much to report this month, we are busy making things for Mothers Day and Easter, as everything has got to be done by the end of March due to the school holidays being from April 4th - 23rd .


Please note, Craft Fayre's are not organised by the Brownies.
Times: 10am to 2pm

Coffee Morning Wednesday April 9th, 11am - 2pm- Ploughmans Lunches will be served.
Gillian Plummer

The main business was cut to a minimum so the Members night committee could take the reins. Mrs Gill Sexton took the chair with Mrs Sylvia Kedge, Hon. Sec. It is always the same when the minutes are read for twelve months ago, members expressions are bland, then as memory clicks in we re-live the meeting. This year when the birthday gifts were awarded, it was very nice to be able to wish Mrs Betty Prior Many Happy Returns of the Day in person, as the meeting fell on her birthday.

We were then entertained by a group called "The Happy Wanderers". They sang to us and we enjoyed some numerous sketches. The refreshments were sausages in rolls and crisps with shortbread biscuits with tea / coffee.

We meet 3rd Tuesday in the month 7.30pm - 10pm at he Baptist Church Hall.
April 15th Offley Place Mrs A Hillyard
May 20th Annual Meeting MK Theatre
June 17th Pressed Flowers Mrs F Harding
See you there Patricia Crick.


Resting on top of a large mountain after five hours' climbing, the two young climbers settled exhausted near the summit. The elder boy mentioned how hot it was, and then turned to his friend to ask if he'd like a cold beer. Astonished, the companion replied, "You carried beer all the way up here?" "No," answered the first climber, rummaging through his friend's back-pack, "you did."

Keen to impress her future father-in-law the young girl leaped to her feet as he entered the room, "I hope I'm not sitting in your chair," she blurted out. He looked at her and replied "They are all my chairs."

The young music teacher needed to have a breast examination and was very worried as she never felt comfortable with any physical test so she told herself that she didn't know the doctor and he didn't know her so it was no big deal. On the day of the appointment she was very nervous but everything went smoothly and she breathed a sigh of relief when the doctor said it was all over. Just as she was about to leave the office however, his voice stopped her in her tracks. "By the way", he said, "I really enjoyed your performance at the symphony concert last week."

Quiz Night


Sat 10 May.
Peter Edwards Hall,
Playing Field.

Doors open 7.30

for 8.00pm start

(More details next month)

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