Messages from the Vicarage and the Church Wardens

 

September 2018

 

 

September services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 2nd September 11:00 St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion 9th September 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 9th September 11:00 St Neot Church
Morning Prayer 16th September 11:00 St Neot Church
Evening Prayer 16th September 18:30 St Neot Church
Eucharist 23rd September 11:00 St Neot Church
Morning Prayer 30th September 09:30 Joint service at Warleggan

 

As well as the weekly services can we remind you of some of the events / concerts up and coming in the near future:

 

Saturday 6th October In a break from recent tradition we will be holding a Harvest Supper in the Village Hall with a 2/3 course meal, cider and music. This year any produce given as part of the Harvest Festival Services will be handed over to Liskeard food bank.

 

Saturday 20th October Organ recital by Paul Richards and friends at 3pm with tea (paid) in the interval and second recital at 5pm.

 

Friday 9th November WW1 Commemorative Concert by Levow Kesson more details to follow.

 

Friday 16th November Themed film night in the Village Hall.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

Fernley Rowe: 07977 654575

 

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August 2018

 

As I sit down to write this short article for The St Neot NewsI am trying to think of what I might be able to bring to one or two tables at the Annual Village Show. I have been practicing my bread making skills and dusting off my camera. Unfortunately, my rhubarb, probably responding to the lack of attention I have bestowed upon it, has bolted, and my potatoes will be ready in time for Christmas.


To give of our best does require time, doesn't it? Time to ponder, time to plan, time to develop, even time to perfect or amend. Our whole life is directed to being our best. Clearly we are not all good at all things, as St Paul himself recognised, but each of us has gifts and skills to share. Sometimes we are not 'at our best', even in the things we think we are good at, and then, in those moments, we pick ourselves up and start again.


The good news is that God the creator is not finished with us yet and in the silent and gentle moments of our lives, when we stop doing our best we will discover what it means to be our best, and in that moment know the life that Jesus calls us to. Abundant life.


So I look forward to seeing your best on a table, or decorating the wall at the St Neot Village Hall in a couple of weeks and sharing the abundant life with which we are blessed.


Philip

 

August services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 5th August 11:00 St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion 12th August 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 12th August 11:00 St Neot Church
Morning Prayer 19th August 11:00 St Neot Church
Evening Prayer 19th August 18:30 St Neot Church
Eucharist 26th August 11:00 St Neot Church

 

As well as the weekly services can we remind you of some of the events / concerts up and coming in the near future:

 

Saturday 4th August at 7:30pm Summer Indulgence Concert by Samantha Rowe will be giving a concert in the church to help raise funds for a summer school she is going on. Colin Arthur will also be performing, and refreshments will be available.

 

Wednesday 15th August at 6pm will be the annual church fete which will feature a Pet/dog show. Weather permitting, will be in the vicarage otherwise will be in the church. There will be a cake stall, Bric-a-Brac, Lamb roast, raffle, wine bar, Ukulele Band.

 

Saturday 6th October in a break from recent tradition we will be holding a Harvest Supper in the Village Hall with a 2/3 course meal, cider and music. This year any produce given as part of the Harvest Festival Services will be handed over to Liskeard food bank.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

Fernley Rowe: 07977 654575

 

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July 2018

 

 

July services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 1st July 11:00 St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion 8th July 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 8th July 11:00 St Neot Church
Morning Prayer 15th July 11:00 St Neot Church

Evening Prayer

15th July 18:30 St Neot Church

Eucharist

22nd July 11:00 St Neot Church

Eucharist-Festival of St Neot-Faith lunch-Cluster Service

29th July 11:00 St Neot Church

 

We are pleased to announce that Kate Rogers has agreed to be our new organist and lead the choir. Many thanks to Chris Howarth who has recently been playing for us. Following a recent fundraising meeting can we bring to your attention please some of these events for you to put into your diary.

 

Saturday 4th August Samantha Rowe will be giving a concert in the church to raise funds for a summer school she is going on.

 

Wednesday 15th August will be the annual church fete which, weather permitting, will be in the vicarage otherwise will be in the church

 

Saturday 6th October in a break from recent tradition we will be holding a Harvest Supper in the Village Hall. More details to follow. This year any produce given as part of the Harvest Festival Services will be handed over to Liskeard food bank. We look forward to seeing you at one of our services or events.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

Fernley Rowe: 07977 654575

 

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June 2018

 

Dear Friends,

Celebrations are important aren't they? Whether that celebration be a wedding, a birthday party or the life of a person who has died. It is important to mark moments of transition and we do this in such a variety of ways. The Christian Church, worldwide has just marked the Church’s birthday - known as Pentecost. This celebration marks the moment of the Spirit of God coming upon Christ's disciples. Today, the Christian Church celebrates that same gift amongst us, endeavouring to notice, although we cannot see it, or contain it, (like the wind) the effect that God's Holy Spirit has upon us. I hope that in the moments of transition in your life, you are able to celebrate and notice something of the presence of God.

Philip. St Neot Church.

 

June services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 3rd June 11:00 St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion 10th June 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 10th June 11:00 St Neot Church
Morning Prayer - Father’s Day 17th June 10:00 St Neot Church

Evening Prayer

17th June 18:30 St Neot Church

Eucharist

25th June 11:00 St Neot Church

 

Many thanks for all who made both the joint service with Warleggan taken by Bishop Chris and the Oak Apple Day celebrations a success.

 

We are pleased to announce that Fernley Rowe has taken up the role, again, of churchwarden. Along with his appointment various other people have taken up roles on the PCC. Valarie Bunt has become PCC secretary, Liz Neal has taken up the role to look after the weddings and Jilly Thompson, though not on the PCC, will be looking after the church diary. It has taken three people to replace Penny! There is a full list of PCC members in the church porch if you are interested, where you will also see that Dudley Harris has joined us too this year.

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We look forward to seeing you at one of our services.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

Fernley Rowe: 07977 654575

 

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May 2018

 

May services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 6th May 11:00 St Neot Church
BCP Holy Communion 13th May 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 13th May 11:00 St Neot Church
Cluster service 20th May 10:00 Warleggan

Evening Prayer

20th May 18:30 St Neot Church

Eucharist

27th May 11:00 St Neot Church

 

As you will see from the above there is a joint cluster service at Warleggan on the 20th of May. This is not just to celebrate Pentecost but also the service will be led by Bishop Chris. Following the service there will be a joint BBQ in the field next to Warleggan Church.

 

On Tuesday 29th May there will be the normal Oak Apple Day celebrations starting in the St Neot car park at 5:45pm with the raising of the branch at the church at 6pm followed by a BBQ with music and dancing. Please do come and join us.

 

We would like to express our thanks here for all the service and work Jane Glanville has put in over the past six years as Church Warden. She stepped down at the AGM. Also, Penny Greenwood has stepped down as secretary. Again, thankyou Penny for all you have done in your role for the church.

 

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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April 2018

 

Dear Friends,

The older one gets it seems the more words one needs to express ones thoughts or share ones stories, so I suppose it is no bad thing that Church and Chapel have been limited to one page each in the St Neot News.
Hopefully, it keeps things  sharper!

As your News is delivered we are in the midst of Easter. The Easter season lasts 40 days - this year, until 10th May - Ascension Day. However, the season reminds us of the very first Easter event, that in our daily lives we are given the opportunity for new life, are forgiven and have the capacity to forgive; the capacity to live lives which are other centered and not self-centered; the ability to care for the other.

 

Good reasons to celebrate by eating chocolate!

 

Philip


Assistant Priest, St Neot, Warleggan and Mount.

 

 

April services

 

Service Date Time Venue
BCP Holy Communion - Easter Day 1st April 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist - Easter Day 1st April 11:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 8th April 11:00 St Neot Church
Evening prayer 8th April 18:30 St Neot Church

BCP Holy Communion

15th April 08:00 St Neot Church
Morning prayer 15th April 11:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist 22nd April 11:00 St Neot Church
Joint Cluster service at St Cleer 29th April 10:30 St Neot Church

 

St Neot is part of a cluster of parishes including Warleggan, St Cleer and Pensilva, with Rev Becca Bell as Priest in Charge. Previously on the 5th Sunday in the month we have joined with Warleggan for our main service, but on the 29th April we will begin to rotate through all the cluster churches, beginning at St Cleer. Please come and support this new venture, and if you need a lift to St Cleer then contact a church warden.

Easter is a joyous time for the church as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We look forward to seeing you over this period, at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2018

 

As I write this we are at the tail end of the half term break and when I wake there is light coming through the curtains. It is a relief. As much as I love winter and the cosines indoors and the starkness outdoors, I am relieved that it is easier to wake up, and there is a promise of warmth. I am sure I am not alone!

 

As Easter approaches we approach hope. It is also echoed beautifully in the season around us (unless you are in the southern hemisphere!). Last week I visited a lady in her final days of life and the peeking spring flowers and sight of a bullfinch outside her window brought her real joy. They whispered hope.

 

It seems to me that we need that hope more than ever. Both personally and globally we face things that make the world seem hopeless. In a few weeks we face the final stretch of lent in Holy Week when we remember the last supper and Christ’s death on Good Friday. It seems that until we engage with the despair of those days, we don’t understand the immensity of the hope of Easter. We can be tempted to jump straight to bunnies and chocolate, but as we approach Easter we hold the hard things and the pain before God; knowing that this is why Jesus suffered and died, and that this was all beaten. Death is beaten. Hope is here.

 

 

Rev Becca Bell

 

This is not a new ceremony but part of the exploration to find out what is behind the High Altar. We managed to remove the lower section which was determined that it was added later. The central section, with the rings, may have been an original altar table that had been modified. More work is needed but specialist help will be needed to fully determine what exists. Thank you for all who helped and Chris Timms for the photo. If you want to submit a caption for the photo, please do.

 

Details of the services can be found in the diary listings. As we journey through Lent there are several additional services or events planned. This includes a concert by The East Cornwall Bach Choir plus a Choral Evensong and organ recital. The lead into Easter sees additional services, some joint with the Chapel.

 

March services

 

Service Date Time Venue
Eucharist 4th March 11:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist BCP   11th March 08:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist - Mothering Sunday 11th March 11:00 St Neot Church
Lent Lunch - Christian Aid 14th March 12:00 Village Hall
Morning Prayer 18th March 11:00 St Neot Church
Evening Prayer 18th March 18:30 St Neot Church
East Cornwall Bach Choir 24th March 19:30 St Neot Church
Eucharist - Palm Sunday 25th March 11:00 St Neot Church
Choral Evensong by ECBC 25th March 15:00 St Neot Church
Organ recital 25th March 18:00 St Neot Church
Eucharist - Maundy Thursday 29th March 18:00 St Neot Church
Last Hour Service - Good Friday 30th March 14:00 Chapel

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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February 2018

 

In the Church’s calendar we are starting to move into Lent. As part of this there is an additional mid-week service for the Imposition of Ashes, as shown on the services list below for February.

 

Please also note that the 8am service on the 11 Feb is to be confirmed. If you are intending to come, please make contact with us beforehand to confirm.

 

February services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following Christmas and Epiphany may we leave you with a thought ~

 

When the song of the angels is stilled; When the star in the sky is gone; When the kings and princes are home; When the shepherds are back with their flocks;

The work of Christmas begins.

To find the lost; To heal the broken; To feed the hungry; To release the prisoner; To rebuild the nations; To bring peace among people; To make music in the heart.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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December 2017 / January 2018

 

With December now upon us the church starts to celebrate in earnest throughout the month the birth of Christ. It is a real festive time in the church’s calendar with services for all ages. We do hope you will find time to join us in our celebrations.


Below are our services for December and January. We also have several extra services/concerts to our normal ones in December to help celebrate Christmas. Please note our Morning Prayer on 17th December will be our Advent service this year.


December 14th at 7:30pm Loveny MVC Christmas Concert


December 23rd at 7:30pm Community Christmas Carol Concert with Canoryon Lowen, The Larks and Levow Kesson ~ see advert


December 24th at 2pm Jazz in the Church ~ see advert


December 24th at 4:30pm The Carols by The Crib service


December 24th at 11:30pm The Midnight Eucharist service.

 

 

December services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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Novemeber 2017

 

Harvest Festival was a successful time of celebration and thanksgiving. Many thanks for all from the church, school and village who contributed to the weekend. All non-perishable produce/gifts were donated to the Liskeard Food Bank. At the lunch, which raised £440, John Keast used his wonderful auctioning skills to raise a further £265 for Christian Aid selling all the perishable gifts.

 

November sees the annual Remembrance Day. This year it is on the 12th of November. The Service of Remembrance begins at the Village Memorial at 10:45 and then moves into the Chapel. There is also a Cenotaph in the grounds of the church for the fallen in the 1st World War. This year our normal 8am service will conclude with an act of Remembrance by laying a wreath at the church Cenotaph.

 

On 5th November we have Archdeacon Audrey taking our 11am service and Rev Andrew Balfour taking the All Souls service at 6pm.

 

Also for those who would like to support Joe Rowe (St Neot) and Ross Harrison (Mount) they have their confirmation service at the Cathedral on Saturday 25th November at 7pm.

 

November services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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September 2017

 

This is being written the weekend before the Festival, which will of course has been the usual enormous success. Can we say a huge thank you for all those how have helped, in any capacity, to enable it to take place.


The PCC has started to discuss how we use the altars here at St Neot. Upon looking closely at the High Altar it is clear that it has been added to over the past 100 years or so. For instance underneath the existing construction is an earlier pitch pine altar and behind the rheredos (the substantial timber backdrop to the altar) there are, we think, more William Morris style tiles. Before The PCC can make any decision about the place and use of the altars, it is clear we need to understand what has been there before now, not least in the context of the Shrine of St Neot at the North end of the sanctuary.


The Archdeacon has given permission for the altar and rheredos to be moved away from the West wall and for photographs to be taken of what is unveiled. The work will be undertaken across two days and the altar will be returned to where it is now. This work will be undertaken on the weekend of the 23rd (with a break for the wedding) and 24th September. In order to give everyone the opportunity to inspect what is revealed, there will be some minor inconvenience created to the distribution of Holy Communion on Sunday 24th. After worship on that day there will be a short explanatory talk, followed by the opportunity to look, touch and ask questions.


At the end of October on Friday 20th we have arranged a Wild West Hoedown in the Village Hall starting at 7:30pm. Tickets will be £10. A chance to let your hair down and dance the night away

 

 

September services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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August 2017

 

Our main focus in August will be on The St Neot Village Festival. Thank you to all who have helped in the planning of the Festival so far and volunteered to help. There are many events and activities being planned, so we need more volunteers please to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane ~ many hands make light work!

 

As part of the Festival publicity we have our own website at www.stneotvillagefestival.com and Facebook page, which can be found via the link on the website. Please do look at these as updates and additional information will be there. There a timetable of events and activities on the website so you know what is happening when. Copies of these will be available around the village the week before the festival.

 

Can we please take this opportunity to thank all of those who help in keeping the church grounds and cemetery maintained. It is not a job everyone can do so we are grateful for those who do.

 

 

August services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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July 2017

 

A great thankyou to all who took part in the celebration weekend including the Bishop’s visit. We are so privileged to have such great musicians amongst us. It was good to look back on what has been achieved not just by the church but the village as a whole. We value your support and would not have achieved what we have without you.

 

At the end of July on Sunday the 30th we have our annual service in remembrance of St Neot. This year it is also a joint service with our friends at Warleggan.

 

Planning for the St Neot Village Festival continues at a pace, details of the next meeting are on the diary page. Thank you to all who have helped in the planning of the Festival so far and volunteered to help. There are many events and activities being planned, so if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane ~ many hands make light work!


Included in this newsletter is a flyer asking if you can volunteer. If you are not returning the flyer please use it to help advertise the Festival. As part of the Festival publicity we have our own website at www.stneotvillagefestival.com and Facebook page, which can be found via the link on the website. Please do look at these as updates and additional information will be there.

 

 

July services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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June 2017

 

Thank you to all who made Oak Apple Day a success. As part of an Archbishops initiative entitled “Thy Kingdom Come” we have been encouraged to have a Prayer Walk around the village. This has been organised to start in the church at 9:30 on Sunday 4th June. It will be a level walk through the village, stopping at various points where we will focus our prayers on different aspects of God's kingdom. Please do come and join us if you can.


Over the past few years as a church, with the support of so many people, we have undertaken successfully many projects. We have therefore decided to have a weekend to celebrate God’s provision to us. Please see the article by Nick Hart outlining what is planned. It will culminate on Sunday with Bishop Tim visiting us for the last time. This will be followed by a BBQ to which all are invited, the Bishop will also attend. Please come and celebrate with us but please bring your own food to BBQ.

 

Planning for the St Neot Village Festival continues, details of the next meeting are on the diary page. There are many events and activities being planned, so if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane, the more the easier.

 

 

June services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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May 2017

 

For those of you who attended the recital of Faure’s Requiem what can be said but “what a performance”. In Nick’s words “That is the longest pause between performance and applause I have ever experienced. Quite stunning” as people took in what they had just heard. Thank you Nick and Carnoryon Lowen.

 

Can we say a thank you to all who produce music for us at Church. Our Nick and Heather and or own choir on a weekly basis and all the visiting choirs and music maker we get. It enriches our services and the life of the village.

 

Our next main fund raiser, plus village event, is Oak Apple Day on the 29th May. This year it falls on the bank holiday Monday. There is much planned for the event along with the usual BBQ, so please come to the car park for 17:45 to then march up to the Church for 18:00. This year, with no scaffolding around the tower, it will hopefully be easier to raise the oak branch.

 

As many of you know we are planning a St Neot Village Festival with the proceeds going to the Church and Chapel. There are many events and activities being planned. Details of the next meeting are on the dairy page but if you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact either Graham or Jane.

 

May services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2017

 

As many will know there was a meeting recently re a potential St Neot Flower and Art Festival. After much discussion those present agreed that there would be sufficient support for this to proceed over the late August bank holiday weekend 24th to 28th. It was also agreed that the Festival will be in the aid of St Neot Church, The Chapel and The Institute/Village Hall. This is going to take a lot of effort and to the benefit of the village, therefore if you think you can help in any part please do contact Jane or Graham. More details will be released next month after further meetings to agree the final structure.

 

However, our first fund raising event is a Sunday lunch at Trevenna on the 5th of March at 1pm. Tickets are selling fast so do contact Jane Glanville or Jill Thompson to book your place.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have received full DAC approval for the proposed new PA system so the orders can now be placed. It is hoped this will be in place by the end of March. The new system will help the church to be used by others, School, Choirs, Orchestras and Theatre groups as well as beneficial to regular Sunday services. It is hoped that all will be able to hear what is happening inside the church once installed. If you wish to donate towards the cost of this system, it would be much appreciated.

 

March services

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for all your support at our events and we look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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February 2017

 

We are very privileged to live in a Village where there is such a sense of community. Last year we held several fund raising events for the Church and with the support of all raised £4,900. Thank you for your support and we hope to surpass this figure in 2017. We have planned our fundraising calendar for 2017 and at present it is:

 

 

March 5th
Trevenna lunch
April 12th Faure’s Requiem
May 29th Oak Apple Day
June 24th Church Celebration Concert
August 16th Church Fete ~ Vicarage gardens
August 24th to 28th Saint Neot Village Flower Festival
September 23rd Hoe Down
October 1st Harvest Festival and lunch with auction
December tbc Loveny MVC Choir Christmas Concert

 

 

February services

 

Schedule - Februray 2017

 

Thank you for all your support at our events and we look forward to seeing you at our future events and/or on Sundays.

 

Jane Glanville     : 01579 321340

Graham Richards: 07768 871641

 

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March 2016

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I write this newsletter the panto is in full swing. "Oh no it's not!" I hear you cry. "O yes it is!" And as I look forward to the month of March and Easter I can hear the same words of debate concerning the Easter celebration of Christ's resurrection. Christ is risen! 'Oh no he's not!' some will respond, and others Oh yes he is!"

 

The Easter season now approaching, only really makes sense if we can understand that the transformation and delight we feel at our shared living in this village is just a small taste of what is offered to all of us always. Creation is forever renewing itself and us.

 

It is natural for us to think our lives are mostly routine, repetitive and even uninspiring. We may feel moments of hope and new vision are fleeting respite from the inevitable return of the "ordinary". But perhaps our experience of the panto and village life in St Neot, 'the village of the decade', is a reminder that our life is extraordinary – all the time!

 

The Easter story carries the same message. It tells of the victory of love over destructiveness and negativity. It is a story about the way in which God offers to restore and renew all human life if we accept and respond to the gift of His love.

 

We sort of get a taste of that as we queue to enter the Village Hall for the panto. You could touch the atmosphere of hope, expectation and excitement! Oh yes you could! You could sense the feeling of community, neighbourliness and friendship. People felt part of an acting out which included them.

 

The large drama of Easter includes all of us. It is the drama of the one who was nailed to a cross, buried in a tomb and yet who came to life to demonstrate God's love is much greater than human evil.

 

With good wishes for your celebration of new life this Easter.

Your parish priest and fellow pilgrim,

 

Philip

 

 

 

 

February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

November 2015