Christian Aid Collection: Thank you so much for your hard work to support our Christian Aid fund raising in 2017. I am very pleased to be able to report that we have raised a total of £2081.76, made up of:
Coffee Morning at Hilda Elliott's home: £405.09
Big Breakfast at the UFC: £ 337.13
Envelopes (via Post Office and Churches) £1339.54
On July 16th at 3:30pm a Pet & Teddy service starring Darius the Donkey and friends will be held at Todds Farm, Chapel Road, Saxstead, IP13 9RB.
Worship the Lord … Sunday by Sunday and during the week our hearts and souls may be moved to say a prayer, offer praise, find stillness, sing, play an instrument or ‘lift up our hearts.’ This range of phrases suggests that worship is not a single thing easily described. But it also suggests that it is very rich thing involving us mind, body and soul. So the first question – how do you worship? What do you find helpful?
Worship need not be a solo performance; indeed I would say should not be. As the heart beats so we are drawn together to worship as God’s people and then sent out to serve God’s world. This makes me question whether I could be a Christian on my own, I need others with differences and similarities to worship with that the comfort, mystery and challenge of God is better realised in my own life. So the second question how can we best shape our shared worship that it is attractive, that it feeds us and others and that it is approachable by those who are not used to our ways?
As humans gather together often special buildings or places of assembly are developed. Long before Jesus the burial mound, Stonehenge, a standing stone all played their part. For us beautiful medieval buildings in Framlingham and Saxtead can offer inspiration and a place apart. The third set of questions is how we use them to combine dignity, accessibility and hospitably.
Bishop Mike comes and shares these questions and others of his own with us on June 13th and July 4th at 7.30 in St Michael’s for both Framlingham and Saxtead. HE IS AN EXCELLENT SPEAKER, PRESENTER AND CHALLENGER. We need to come together to share and pray together and hear how God is calling us onwards.
Christian Aid Stall: On Saturday 10th June there will be a stall by the main gates of St Michael’s church selling bric-a-brac in aid of Christian Aid. Do come along and support this worthy cause. There will be plenty of bargains!
Christina Johnston (originally from Framlingham, Suffolk) is said by many to be one of a kind in the vocal world. Despite her young age she is already making a name for herself in the classical world with her vocal range that most could only dream of.
A Festival of Flowers: St Michael’s Church is holding a Festival of Flowers from May 26th – 29th on the theme of Creation. The Festival opens on Thursday 25th May with an Ascension Day Service at 7.30pm followed by refreshments.
East Anglian Academy Concert in St Michael’s on Sunday 21st May at 3pm (see porch poster for details)
Service for Admission of Church Wardens: Monday 15th May, 7.30pm at All Saints Brandeston. The Visitation of the Archdeacon of Suffolk The Venerable Ian Morgan for the admission to office of Churchwardens.
The APCM was on 19th April 2017 in St Michael's rooms. Documents used in the meeting are available on the right.
A Festival of Flowers on the theme of Creation in St Michaels, Framlingham.