Faith News: Easter cards and knitted chicks to help St John’s church funds

  • Hemel plays host to 40 Quakers in bi-monthly area meeting
  • Birthday celebration for King’s Bookshop and coffee shop at Christ Church Baptist
  • Bundles of Easter cards and knitted animals sold at St John’s Boxmoor

The latest news from churches and faith groups across Dacorum.

Choral performance

The Chipperfield Choral Society gave an inspiring performance of Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah at St John’s Church, Boxmoor under the energy and commitment of their musical director Delia Meehan.

The 93 strong choir included solosits Mary Bevan (soprano), Rosemary Clifford (mezzo-soprano), Tom Robson (tenor) and Charles Rice (bass).

The singing was often uplifting and moving with beautifully balanced vocal duos and quartets, while the trio of angels brought an effective and other-worldly quality to their singing of the well known melody Lift Thine Eyes.

The performance was of such a standard it was easy to forget that this choir is an amateur society. A long work, this nonetheless had direction, momentum and a gripping quality.

Quakers meeting

Hemel Quakers played host to 40 Quakers representing Area Quakers, from as far north as Bedford to Watford for the bi-monthly area meeting.

It was also the turn of Hemel Quakers to present the triennial report on the activities of the Meeting for Worship over the past three years. It has been a busy time particularly keeping the Georgian Meeting House in order by replacing the cast iron guttering to remain in keeping with the listed status.

The council has put up a plaque to make the Meeting House part of the Heritage Trail - a reminder that in 2018, the Quaker presence for 300 years in the town will be acknowledged and celebrated.

Plans are already in hand to think about celebrating that year.

The Quakers spoke of the spiritual life and the fellowship and learning which has engaged them during the three years, and were able to report a growth in numbers attending Meetings for Worship, with more young people than before.

The meeting ended with a grand tea and the opportunity to talk to Friends from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Birthday celebration

King’s bookshop and coffee shop, which is situated in the foyer of Christ Church Baptist, Kings Langley, celebrated its 16 years in the village yesterday, Saturday March 21, complete with a birthday cake.

News from St Johns, Boxmoor

Bundles of Easter cards are now available at the back of the church. The whole parish is covered so help is required to deliver on one or two of the walks.

If you can help, sign the list and take the bundles for delivery. Cards should be folded before pushing through the letterboxes.

The knitting circle has been busy knitting chicks, cockerels, bunnies and rabbits for Easter.

They will be on sale at the back of the church and each contains a creme egg. All proceeds to the chuch funds.

Christian Viewpoint

‘The interesting question WWJD meaning ‘What would Jesus Do?’ is a popular slogan featured on an array of Christian merchandise from wristbands to T-shirts and mugs. But an even better question is WIJD - ‘What is Jesus Doing?’ Every day the news brings us stories of poverty, war and abuse exposing a world that is dark, frightening and lonely. However, look closer and you’ll discover that Jesus is actually here with us in the day to day offering love, comfort, hope and healing, touching our lives with His Holy Spirit and through those who are led by the Spirit. He prays for us, walks with us, comforts and guides, imparts wisdom, provides and forgives. He’s here to help so turn to Him.’ – Lisa Dussek, New Church Hemel