St Mary the Virgin, Maulden

The Rector's Letter

Each month the Rector writes an article for the Parish Magazine, the full text follows but to download a copy, click on the link below:-       

December 2018

The Rector Writes - with a difference!

As our Rector is taking a well-earned three month break from parish affairs and is on what is now termed Extended Study Leave. A fulltime priest qualifies for this leave after 10 years of service, so this month “The Churchwardens Write.”

Lynda has various plans in place and all going well will return refreshed, invigorated, and eager to share her experiences with us.

We have a variety of priests coming to take our services during her absence so will be interesting for us as well.

One of our aims at St Mary’s is to bring the church and the community closer together and over the Christmas period we feel we achieved this.

Our Christmas Fair brought in much needed funds for the day to day running of our church. Without your support that would not have happen. Thank you.

The rain on the Saturday of the Christmas Tree Festival was none stop, but some brave souls did not allow that to deter them from coming. The Sunday by contrast was so busy and the church full for the carol singing at the end of the event. A big thank you to all the organisations who took the time and effort to set up and decorate trees. The church looked amazing. We are hoping to make this an annual event with perhaps even more trees next year. Perhaps 30 trees next time! Families and individuals are welcome to come and add a tree to the display.

Our new venture in slightly changing the format of the Traditional Carol Service to “Carols by Candlelight” and holding it midweek went well. Thank you to our choir and organists and to the extra singers who came and joined us. The mulled wine just held out. We have made a note to increase the amount next time.

Then we had the Nativity Service. This is usually standing room only, but this year we had to bring in extra chairs from the hall and had people standing behind the main altar. It’s amazing that our youngsters cope so well and perform with such confidence. Well done!

A big thank you also needs to go to our Flower Arrangers. The flower displays were beautiful.

Watch out for the events we have planned for this year.

A little late, but best wishes for 2019. We look forward to meeting so many of you again over the coming months.

Sue New and Marjorie Horrell