Well nobody could say our beautiful old church doesn’t keep us busy.
In the run up to Easter we have had baptisms (over 100 in the church, singing from the rooftops), the school service (270 in the church, and still it was cold!), the consecration of a strip of our churchyard (how often do you see a bishop stomping around the long grass in his robes?) and a Spider Ride ( a what??).
Shalfleet School are becoming a bit of a feature in the church, and their choir always pull in the crowds. The Easter school service was a lovely event, with some great readers and some very jolly hymns.
Then we had a benefice service at which Bishop Ian Brackley came to preach in church and then consecrate the ground behind the Village Hall, in a very ancient service involving a good deal of walking about in full episcopals. After this we had a lovely lunch in the Hall, thanks to Michael and Maureen.
Then the mystery Spider Ride, which proved a tremendous success, bringing horses and other forms of transport in to the focal point of the Hall, where refreshments and general jollity awaited.
Many thanks to Diana Chesterton for organising this, and we promise to repeat it next year.
And so on to Holy Week. Our Palm Sunday service was well attended and we look forward to a service in the church on Maundy Thursday at 7pm and Easter Sunday at the slightly later time of 11.15am.
Happy Easter one and all!