News from St. Mary's and St. Edith's, June 2022

As you read this article you may be preparing for, or even in the middle of, the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
There are so many events planned, official and unofficial.
The focus of our celebrations is the faith and commitment of the Queen over the last 70 years, an example for us all to follow (regardless of personal views about the need for a monarchy). This is also a time to celebrate community. I am sure the numerous street parties over the four-day celebration period will testify to the strength of our local communities.

Don’t forget the Picnic in the Tilston Playing Fields at 12 noon, and the party at The Fish, Shocklach at 1.00 p.m., on Sunday 5th. June.
These parties follow on from All Age Church Services at 10.30 a.m. (St. Mary’s) and 11.15 a.m. (St. Edith’s). Children can come in fancy dress and there are Best Crown competitions.

We must not, however, forget the wider community, and our attention should remain on brothers and sisters in Ukraine, who continue to suffer the atrocities of a war they did not want. Over time, there is the possibility that this war will drift more and more into the background of our daily news. We must not let this happen!

It is pleasing to announce that the collections to help the victims of the war in Ukraine, organised in both St. Mary’s and St. Edith’s, and in Tilston Village Shop, have demonstrated that the plight of Ukrainians is still foremost in our minds. The money raised, donated through the British Red Cross, is £715.45. Well done!

God bless,
Tim and Norma

Published 11/05/2022

2 Corinthians 9:7
“There will always be the needy, in both this country and abroad. St. Paul reminds us in the Bible that our personal giving should not be driven by guilt, attention-seeking, or any other reason but thankfulness for our own blessings and a true desire to show God’s mercy: ‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ (2 Corinthians 9: 7) “