Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Choir Summer tour to Llandaff Cathedral

Plans are now well advanced for the choir’s summer tour to Llandaff Cathedral – officially the Church of SS Peter & Paul, Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, which is the seat of the Most Rev’d Dr Barry Morgan, the Bishop of Llandaff and Archbishop of Wales.  Between Friday 26th July and Sunday 28th, the choir will be singing at four services, and during their free time on Saturday will be visiting Cardiff Castle or St Fagans National History Museum, both of which are close to the Cathedral. 
There are currently 43 in the Wantage party and the choir would welcome any further support.  Llandaff is less than two hours’ journey by car and well worth a visit. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

School is back after a much deserved, sun-drenched break. Children in decidedly high spirits after lunchtime in the heat, but quickly settled into the Collective Worship calm. Our themes: Wisdom, coupled with the poignant sign of the time of year, Moving On. They warmed to the sideways slant on both. Who knows us better than we know ourselves? God! His Wisdom passes understanding. If we forget to tell ourselves how special we are, God knows it best of all, and wants to remind us always. He whispers in the heart....if we're quiet enough to listen.

Gratuitous post, mostly an excuse to show off the glorious new hanging in the hall, creation of staff and children last term.

And here we are up close.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Great expectation in Wantage this morning with the triangulation of three calendrical constellations: Her Majesty's 60th anniversary of Coronation, Ray's Wantage Carnival and the Solemnity of Corpus Christi: our feast day of thanksgiving for Holy Communion.

The sunshine filled the church up with smiling faces.

There followed prayerful and uplifting worship. The sermon: God feeds us in this sacrament with his own life, the love that fills heaven itself. The Eucharist is how God nourishes us into being 'who we most need to be': always forgiven, accepted and fulfilled, in readiness for our eternal life. Procession of the Sacrament at the end of Mass, our tiniest members toddling in front to line the way with petals and fragrant leaves. Our preacher's words echoed: We gaze on him who leads us into the heavenly places, his band of pilgrims and beloved friends. Benediction sent us on our way to the carnival.

Bacon rolls and muffins in the sun. Your blogger didn't quite muster the courage for the helter-skelter.