A Golden Rose For a Golden Lady

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Leonora ‘Nora’ Vine, softly spoken, worked as Parish Secretary to 5 Vicars of Rowley, Reverends Coley, Byford, Russell, Eve and Nightingale, always discreet, always quietly efficient and tactful. She was a good helmsman when the Captain of the Ship wasn’t around, could be relied on to know just what to do.

Muffled bells, yet joyful bells pealed out in her honour, as she came into church for the very last time, her funeral service this afternoon, Monday 30th March 2015, Our sincerest condolences to Michael, Sandra her grandchildren and family.

It is Lent and the custom is no flowers in church, but her sisters in Christ placed golden roses for a golden lady on the chancel steps, believing that the Lord wouldn’t mind at all.

Some followers of Jesus are more to the fore, each serves in their own way, as the Body of Jesus has need — Nora’s was a quiet way, unnoticed, but always there, faithful, patient, persevering, a follower of Christ a bearer of the Cross. She carried it well and with honour. May all the joys of heaven be hers.

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We shall rest and we shall see

In St Giles Baptistry there is a really beautiful window, not by the renowned artist, Burne Jones, although it is sometimes mistakingly thought to be, but by Benjamin Warren a student of his.
The reds in this window are stunning and this is just one of the six scenes depicted, it is the bottom half of a panel entitled hope It’s subject of course is the empty tomb, and there can be no better symbol of hope – sometimes it is good just to sit and let our stained glass speak to us in their quiet voices

He is not here, he is risen!”

Because He is risen, so are we, although it is difficult to know this fully now, we are risen our life is hidden with Him in that most glorious of places, the City of Gold. Here are some words from St Augustine’s book, The City of Gold:

We shall rest and we shall see,
We shall see and we shall love.
We shall love and we shall praise,
In the end which is no end”

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

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Getting Ready For Mothering Sunday

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    Barbara and Iris, true English women out and about in Rowley’s Churchyard on Saturday 14th March, armed with pruning shears and buckets collecting greenery to make up Daffodil Posies. Every lady who attended St Giles on Mothering Sunday received a posy. Many thanks to Barbara, Iris. Pam, Nellie, Vera, and Carole – love went into each the tying of every yellow ribbon 

    Many thanks also to the Ladies and gentlemen if the new St Giles Singers for bringing a touch of freshness to our worship under the musical direction of Agata Beaman.