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Harvest 2nd October 2018

Harvest Time

Today the toddlers came to the Community Garden on their way to storytime in the church with The Revd Jan.   Just as in Oscar Wilde’s wonderful fairy-tale ‘The Selfish Giant”, it was as if the garden smiled.   Each child picked one of the rosy Jonagold apples that have been hanging invitingly on the espaliered tree and took it into church as a harvest offering.   The building rang with the sound of small feet and children’s voices as we thanked God for His generous gifts.

Whenever gardening seems like a chore, it’s good to remember such moments.   We have just received the 2018 East Midlands in Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” assessment from the RHS who have classed us as “thriving”, but no-one could possibly quantify the value of being able to share the produce from this small piece of land with our extended community.

Do help yourselves to a bunch of flowers or herbs before the frosts come and if anyone fancies making pumpkin or butternut squash soup, there are some fruits in church for the taking!





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Stir up Sunday 2017 (Sunday next before Advent)

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Photo curtesy of Oliver Foreman

Thank you to Fr Michael Dobbs and Joan Fletcher for helping us celebrate Stir up Sunday at the end of Mass by making St Mark’s Christmas pudding.

The Christmas pudding (now cooked by Joan Fletcher) will be one of many prizes in a raffle for the benefit of St Mark’s young people. This is the idea of Doreen Hall (who has provided most of the prizes). Tickets will be on sale after Church this and next Sunday morning. The raffle will be drawn during the refreshments on 10 December. Please buy tickets to support our work with St Mark’s young peoples.