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Farewell and good luck as church intern moves on
Nathan Mulcock is moving on from his post as intern at St Peter’s and Chapel Assistant at Berkhamsted School.
Thanks to a partnership with the School, Nathan has served with us for two years at their very generous expense.
He came to us aged 21 to explore a calling to the priesthood after graduating from Oxford University in theology in 2012.
He has proven very popular with the young people in the parish and the various church schools, but has also made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of the church, leading meditative prayer sessions and preaching and serving at the weekly Sunday Sung Mass.
He also worked in the wider community, in particular making a weekly commitment to helping in the Swan Youth Centre, and starred in the Easter day skit he wrote and directed, called ‘San Dorito’.
He will be much missed in the parish and the schools as he moves to Newcastle to explore his vocation further. We think he will make a very fine priest. Still, we do look forward to welcoming our new intern, Alice Christofi, to take over his role from September.
St Benedict’s Church gets arty for summer fayre
St Benedict’s Church, Peascroft Road held their Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 12, and the weather was beautiful. It was a good day packed with fun, laughter and competitions, all of which were enjoyed by those who attended.
The amount raised from the fayre was an amazing £1,100 which will go towards the general running costs of the church.
This year we held a ‘Get Arty’ competition that was open to all children from ages 3-18 years, we had some really stunning entries from paintings through to models. There were four winning categories and a winner from each category was awarded with an art-themed prize.
We would like to thank all those who attended, gave raffle prizes, worked so hard and especially those who entered into the ‘Get Arty’ competition, which all helped to make this a very enjoyable event.
Songs sacred and secular at lunchtime in St Mary’s, Hemel Hempstead
Some 40 people enjoyed the lunchtime concert in St. Marys Church on July 15. Soprano Eleanor Hart sang ‘Songs Sacred & Secular’ accompanied by Richard Grylls on the piano and, in one of the songs, by her mother, Suzannah, playing the clarinet.
Eleanor sang songs by Franz Schubert, Mozart, Richard Grylls (the pianist), George Gershwin and Richard Rogers among others. Suzannah Hart also played a solo piece by Paul Reade on the clarinet.
Eleanor was a chorister at St. Mary’s for ten years from the age of eight and was head chorister for the last of those ten years. She also plays the cello and joined the Herts County Youth Orchestra in 2011.
This concert was the last in the current series which, in the past have been organised by Simon Pusey, organist and Director of Music at St. Mary’s for the last ten years. Simon is retiring from his role at St. Mary’s in September so the search is now on for a suitable successor who might also be willing to organise future concerts in the church.
Christian Viewpoint The recent trial of Rolf Harris, who has been found guilty of abuse, has caused quitea stir in the press. For those of us who have experienced abuse, albeit in childhood or adulthood, the media coverage can be unsettling. Like a thief in the night it can seek to rob us of our peace with unexpected flashbacks and unwelcome memories. Some time ago I came across a Bible by Bishop TD Jakes, ‘Women Thou Art Loosed.’ For those who have difficulties with the past or present, this Bible reminds us of God’s love for us that he holds us in high esteem; he has called us by name and we are precious in God’s sight. This Bible seeks to comfort and to encourage women with God’s word - to inspire. To use TD Jakes’ words it tells us to “ rise up mighty woman of God, rise up”.
Carey Baptist Church