It's that time of year again when the Church will be floodlit for the Christmas period. Switch on is from Advent until Candlemas. Many people have commented in previous years how beautiful our Church looks and can be seen from quite a distance when approaching the village.
Our thanks go out again to David Mountford, Arthur Turner, Martin Ellis and Basil Lamb for making this possible.
Contributions towards the extra electricity used would be most welcome and can be handed to the Vicar, Verger or Churchwardens. Thank you to all of you who have contributed in previous years.
Flower and Music Festival
St Andrew's Church Saturday 29th June - Friday 5th July 2019
We need local businesses and individuals to sponsor flower arrangements or contribute to the purchase of flowers.
If you would like further information please contact
Sue Arnold on 01905 620272 Julie Hall 01905 621649 Maggie Packer 01905 620221
St Andrew's church was consecrated on 22 June 1829. In less than 11 years we shall be celebrating its bi-centenary.
In my previous note a year ago, I mentioned that the next project will be the restoration of the East Window, the three vestry windows, also on the east side, together with the two lobby windows of the west side. This work will cost in the region of £150,000. We have more than £100,000 already set aside for this in the Ombersley Spire and Church Appeal (OSCA) - a registered charity. Its purpose is to fund restoration, repairs and improvements to the church building and its environs.
Since then we have listed other work that needs to be carried out, including the upgrade of the toilet so it is fully accessible to all visitors. Perhaps just as important, if not more so, is also the need to make the church building always fully accessible to all visitors, particularly those in wheelchairs. These are two projects, or even as one large project, that we would dearly wish to tackle. Within the next five years or so we need to replace the boiler.
These are the obvious things that need to be attended to over the next few years, but there are also the eight clerestory windows that need restoring. These were fitted with a "temporary protection" on the outside quite a few years ago. This protection will not last forever. As these windows are high above the nave, understandably they tend to be 'out of sight, out of mind'.
No doubt there are other things that need to be done or people would like changed to make the building more suitable for the future.
I am writing this on Armistice Day when there were over 150 people in church - far more than the regular congregation and a very welcome sight for such a moving occasion. It is clear that, at times, the church does appeal to many more than the smaller number of regular attendees!
The church building belongs to the whole community and is open every day. What would you like to change or improve to make it more appealing or welcoming?
We intend to launch the Towards 200 project in June 2019. Before then we would like any member of the village to put forward ideas and perhaps volunteer some time to prepare for this launch. Please contact me on 01905 620855 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning Prayer on Wednesdays September
You are warmly invited to join us for Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 9.15am, a simple service lasting about half an hour.
We pray especially for the host parish, as well as for the benefice as a whole.
5th December Elmley Lovett
12th December Elmbridge
19th December Rushock
26th December none
2nd January Ombersley
9th January Hartlebury
16th January Doverdale
23rd January none
30th January none
Praying the Parish
If you have a particular need or things to be grateful for, please let either of us know:
Jenny Batelen 01905 621294 email@example.com
Angie Randle 01905 620753 firstname.lastname@example.org
or James Homer 01299 851637 email@example.com [lay reader with pastoral responsibility for 7 Parishes]
Areas prayed for specifically in December:
Sunday 2nd December - Lincomb, The Winnalls, Acton, Mount Pleasant
Sunday 9th December - Sandys Road, Wellington Road, The Hamptons
Sunday 16th December - Oakfield Road, Woodhall Lane and Close
Areas prayed for specifically in January:
Sunday 6th January - Haye Lane, Church Lane, Hill Top, Dough Bank
Sunday 13th January - Chestnut Walk, Oldfield Lane, Main Road
Sunday 20th January - Chatley, Woodfield, Hadley and Hunt Green
If you would like a place of quiet to pray, or think, or just rest, the church is always open during the day - using the side door.
There are booklets and cards of prayers available in the basket near the door which you may find helpful.