November 2011

From the Rectory

After a late spell of summer weather [it’s been a long time since I had the opportunity to sunbathe in mid October] autumn has finally arrived. It is the time of year when many people get rather melancholy in their outlook. The evenings draw in, the dark days of winter stretch ahead and we expect bad weather.

Autumn is also the time when the Nation and the Church remembers those who have died. 31st. October is the eve of All Hallows, thus Hallowe’en. The following day 1st. November is All Saints’ Day. We remember the saints, the well known and venerated and those saints that we have known in our lives and who we hold in our hearts. 2nd. November is All Souls’ Day, the Commemoration of the faithful departed. We remember all those whom we have known and loved but whose faces we see no more. On 11th. November falls Remembrance Day when the Nation and its far flung outposts remember those who died in battle or as a result of conflict.

All of these events test our emotions. They are all important times and we observe them with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Yes, Autumn can be a melancholy time, but also a time, I hope, when our memories are stirred in appreciation and love as we remember those special people who have in whatever way touched our lives and helped to make us the people that we are.

On Remembrance Day also known as Armistice Day which this year falls on a Friday. Freemantle Church of England Community Academy (previously Freemantle Church of England Infant School) will be in Church for an 11.00a.m Act of Remembrance. This service for the school is open to anyone from this community who would like to attend. On the following Sunday we will hold our Remembrance Sunday Service when we will once again remember the fallen and lay a wreath of poppies on the War Memorial by the Lady Chapel. We again this year hope to have a trumpeter to sound the Last Post and Reveille. We have for several years re-used the poppy wreath and made a donation to The Royal British Legion.

Harvest Thanksgiving

A most grateful thank you to all who contributed food for our Service of Harvest Thanksgiving. It took several trips to take the food to its final destination. As well as the generous gifts from Church members this year we also had a large donation from Zurich Insurance Group at Whitely. My daughter told her work colleagues what we were doing and they responded in goods and money. Also our neighbouring school gave their gifts. It was a magnificent collection and will I’m sure make a difference to those who are in real need at this time of the year. We have all heard of ‘Food Poverty’ in the news. Our joint contributions at Harvest Thanksgiving will help some of those facing such difficult times.

Yours for Christ's sake.