Over the last few weeks we have been doing some tidying, both in the church and churchyard. During this, two very battered wooden candlesticks were retrieved from a cupboard. George Poyner has replaced the burnt (!) wood and removed layers of candle wax. He has polished them and they are now back in the church; we rededicated them at our evening service on 13th October.
On Sunday July 7th we welcomed guest organist Andy Johnson from Middleton Scriven, who with our own cantor Les, lead us in a mini-choral evensong. Anglican plainsong has its own, haunting quality and the sung evening prayer has a surprisingly large number of followers; we were joined by a number from Chelmarsh. We will repeat the service again in a few months time; if you have never been to the service, come along and give it a try!
In May, on Sunday 12th at 6.00pm we have a guest preacher, the Rev Sue Jellyman from Carrington near Church Stretton. Sue is a keen Morris dancer and will bring this into her sermon; “‘Praise him with tambourine and dance’: God, Morris dancing and me”.
The first Evening Service held on March 10th took a sideways look at Brexit via the Anglo Saxon St Wulfstan, the Bishop of Worcester at the time of the Norman Conquest and who managed to put aside political differences to work for the benefit of all of his flock for the next 40 years.
At our 6pm evening service this month we will be looking towards the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. The focus will commemorate the life of Harold Gibbs, the only Billingsley man to be killed in the war.
After the service there will be refreshments and a time to chat.
Please do come and join us.
The August service will be held at 6pm on Sunday 12th when the talk will focus on “God and the Miner”. As usual there will be lots of well known hymns and refreshments too, so do come and join us!
The July service, at 6pm, continues our series looking at different styles of Evening Prayer. The focus this month is on the Book of Common Prayer service. As usual there will be lots of well known hymns and refreshments too, so do come and join us!
The informal services each month are going to have a new title – “Evenings at Billingsley”. There will still be the opportunity to come and sing lots of familiar and well loved hymns and there will be a different focus each month, exploring the many varied forms of evening worship used in the Church of England. The first of these services will be on 11 March 2018 at 6pm when will celebrate Mothering Sunday and explore its roots in the celebartion of “mother church”. Do come and join us for the service and some refreshments afterwards.