St Mary's Church Tower
Works will commence on the tower at St Mary's on 14 May, with 13 weeks of scaffolding within a 15 week period. Unfortunately there will be no bell ringing after 2 June right through until around Christmas. Please take care around the works for the duration.
St Mary's Pastoral Flowers
The Pastoral Team would like to invite all members of the congregation to take part in a new scheme to maintain contact with the housebound and ill, both church members and village residents.
Each week someone would provide a small bunch of flowers to be placed in a vase at the front of the church (by the 'Mary' statue) which will be taken, along with a notice sheet, if appropriate, to a housebound person with an expression of our love and concern. This would not be an extended visit and ideally could be immediately after the service.
A separate Pastoral Flowers fund is to be set up to pay for these - although flowers from the garden might be just as suitable. A list of people to receive the flowers will be drawn up and, if we have a lot of volunteers, it might only be a couple of times a year that you would be involved. Suggestions for people to receive flowers would be welcomed and it will include those who are prayed for on Sundays.
More details will be given at the APCM. Please see Maggie Hawkins if you are interested.
Remembrance Day 2018
To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One in November, St Mary’s has planned to create a display of poppies cascading down from the church tower. To achieve this, members of the congregation have begun knitting poppies to fill the display, but we would welcome help from those in the village of Walkern and, indeed, further afield who have the time and skill to make a poppy to contribute to the display. We would also welcome donations of RED & BLACK wool (DK is preferred).
For those of you who would like to knit poppies, the following easy pattern is what people have been using.
Flower Festival and Open Gardens
23rd & 24th June 12-6pm
St Peters Flower Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June. There will be a lunches and teas, bric-a-brac and a plant stalls. Also, if anyone can make some cakes, scones etc. they would be gratefully received.
The next St. Marys Elevenses service is ‘Songs of Praise’. Please let Beverley or Maggie know your favourite hymns if you want them included. After the service will be the summer BBQ, with fun for all the family, cake and book stalls, raffle, etc. Everybody most welcome.
Cafe Church - Walkern URC
The next Cafe Church will be on 22nd July. More details can be found here.
St Albans Diocese Pilgrimages
2019 & 2020
2020 is the year of the Oberammergau Passion Play and three tours are available, with bookings for each now open.
Please see http://stalbanspilgrimages.org.uk for further details and contacts for each trip or if you have a general enquiry and wish to express an interest, without obligation.