Christ Church -
the Revd Andrew Hemming, Priest for Redhill; 01761-462582     M: 07584-124198 E:<andrewmhemming@btinternet.com>
March, the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This is what I was taught at school as a reflection on the weather, but also the garden and hedgerows. The beginning of March will still be fairly bare, with the ground wet and subject to frosts, but by the end, the spring flowers will have taken over once again in a glorious festival of colour. And that’s good, because at the end of March we have Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday has many connotations, ranging from the one Sunday young people in Service were allowed home to see their mothers in Victorian times, to a celebration of the Church ‘Mothering’ its community. Whilst it is all of those things, it is also an opportunity to celebrate motherhood and to say thank you to our mothers. At Redhill church we do that by presenting nearly everyone with a posy of spring flowers; yes men and women, children too. If you are a mother, the posy is for you. If you are a child or man, the posy is for you to give to your mother, or to another lady on behalf of her children. Most take them home, some give them to neighbours on their way home and some are placed on the graves of loved ones. It is a lovely service with the opportunity for all to get involved. Normally, our services include Communion, which I know can be difficult for some, but this Mothering Sunday (March 31st) there will be no Communion, hopefully making the service easier for everyone to join in, especially children and young people. It will also be shorter. Starting at 11am, we plan to make this service a massive fun celebration of family life and motherhood in particular. It will be chock full with praise and celebration and certainly some chocolate. Chocolate? In Lent? Yes! Wily Christians of old decided that all Sundays in Lent should be considered festivals, and so occasions for a relaxation of lenten disciplines. So yes, chocolate. Do come and join us. Even in this day and age of equality, Motherhood is a very special and wonderful thing, by which we all came to life. That has to be worth celebrating. May you know God’s blessing in every aspect of your life.
Redhill WI Redhill WI met on Tuesday February 12th – their second meeting of the year. There was an excellent turnout of 22 members to hear the speaker – Emma Britton – of BBC Radio Bristol. Emma gave a most interesting, entertaining and amusing talk about her life at the BBC. She talked about all the many and varied jobs she had had prior to working on local radio and also about her slightly unorthodox route into the ‘beeb’, touching on some of the highlights of her time there. She had asked to speak before the business part of the meeting as she needed to get home to Bridgwater for her beauty sleep before heading out at about 4am the next day to get to Clifton for her Wednesday morning programme! We were only sorry that we had no Jelly, Jam or Jerusalem to welcome her – just Jaffa cakes instead! Before she left, Emma judged the competition ‘A Valentine Verse’ and awarded first prize to Hilary Vowles for her romantic offering. Barbara Gillard won the raffle and, after the business had been concluded, the meeting closed at 9.45pm. During the course of the meeting, members also decided on the next fund-raising event, which is to be a Soup and Pudding lunch to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday April 13th. Tickets will be available at the next meeting or please give your name to a member. £5 - Soup and a roll £1 – add a pudding Come along after your shopping for a spot of lunch and a good natter! All welcome! Lindy Wood