The church was filled on Tuesday, 1st October, for the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Michael Shallow. The service was led by Stephen Treasure, who gave a moving address on Michael’s distinguished career in the Royal Navy and then at Chichester Cathedral, his marriage to Wendy and his love of family and his unstinted service to the community of Ashford Bowdler. The service was followed by burial in the church-yard and the family then kindly invited the congregation to refreshments at The Old Vicarage. At Michael’s own request, the retiring collection was donated to St. Andrew’s, for which the PCC is deeply grateful.
Stephen also led our Harvest Festival service on Sunday 13th October, and most people stayed on for refreshments afterwards at Church House. The collection of £164.50 was as usual donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Our thanks to all who attended and donated, and also to those who provided the refreshments. Very many thanks also to our team of flower arrangers, who made the church look as festive and beautiful as ever.
On Remembrance Sunday (10th November) we will be holding our memorial service, starting at 10.50am and including the customary 2-minutes silence at 11am. As we did last year, when we commemorated the centenary of the original armistice in 1918, the celebrant will read out the names of those commemorated on our own memorial in the church, and anyone in the parish or the congregation who had a relative who fell in either of the First or Second World Wars (or any subsequent war) is invited to have that relative’s name added to the list of those to be read out. Please let Ann Lansdell have the names before the day or at the beginning of the service.
Please note that this service will replace the usual Evensong on the second Sunday of the month. There will therefore be no service of Evensong in November, but there will be the usual service of Matins on the third Sunday, 17th November
Our Patronal Festival evensong this year will not be on 30th November (which is a Saturday) but on Sunday, 1st December (Advent Sunday) starting at 6.30pm. Once again, Stephen Treasure has kindly agreed to lead the service, after which there will be refreshments at Church House. Being a Sunday, there will not be a raffle or bring-and-buy this year, but the collection will as usual go to the Church Missions Society.
This service will replace Holy Communion on Advent Sunday, and the usual service of Evensong on Sunday, 8th December will be replaced by Holy Communion at 11.15am.
Looking further ahead to Christmas, we have two important services arranged at St. Andrew’s for the whole of the Ashford’s benefice. On Christmas Eve there will be a late night service of Holy Communion starting at 11.15pm, and then on Sunday, 29th December our customary Carol Service will take place in the morning, starting at 10.30am. Further details will appear in the December magazine.
At this time of year, we remind readers once again of the food bank box in the church porch. As winter approaches and food prices continue rising, help for those in need becomes even more important. The box contains a list of the items that go to make up individual parcels, which are all easily obtainable and long lasting. However, please remember not to donate items which are past their ‘sell by’ date, as these cannot be included in the parcels.
Note for PCC members: The next meeting of the PCC will be on Monday, 18th November, at Church House at 7.30pm