#329: April showers in May

Bertie here, trying to write one of those fancy poems where the first letter of each line makes a word, as a way of helping all of my friends sitting their GCSE English this week. That kind of connectedness withing the curriculum is all the rage at the moment. OFSTED can’t get enough of it. So, here is my poem for people doing exams at any stage at the moment:

Good to remind people that it is Ascension Day tomorrow. There is a Mass at 8pm at St Paul’s which will only be happening in person, without the Livestream this time. Normal service will resume on Sunday with the 9.30 and 10am Services being available online as well as in person at St Paul’s and Woosehill.

Ordination Season is looming and Miles Welborn, formally of this parish, has sent this email: I am getting ordained Priest at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire, at 10:30 on Sunday 26th June. Followed by my first Eucharist at 6:30pm at St Mary’s Bampton that evening with a meal / BBQ between. I would love to have as many people there as possible from the parish. If you would like to come to either, please can you let me know so I can make sure there are enough Pringles and seats: curatemiles@bamptonwithclanfield.org

(Also, before then, Miles and Katie are getting married at Cuddesdon this coming weekend- we wish them every joy and blessing as Saturday gets closer and closer.)

Our very own Chris Cipkin recommends this Repair Shop both as a place to get things fixed and also as an excellent idea we might want to think about:

During the last few weeks more and more people have been moving into the area from Ukraine. If you would like to help with online English lessons, building on the excellent system set up to help and support people from Hong Kong, please email Louise Cole. If you would like to help in Wokingham, please speak to Richard.

Louise is going to be on leave from the 6th to the 10th of June so the Office will essentially be closed from Thursday the 2nd to Monday the 13th of June. Vanessa will still be checking the office phone and things but if you need Louise for anything you might need to talk to her in the next week.

Updates from Madagascar are always welcome, and here is the latest:

Christian Aid week was marked in the parish with a Coffee Morning last Saturday- thank you to everyone who helped to organise and run it from across the three Churches and to everyone who came along as well. We raised over £520 which is an excellent total and will do a huge amount of good in some of the most underprivileged communities of the world.

Keep your eyes out for further information about the BBQ and party after the Service on the 5th of June at Woosehill Church to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. And whatever you are planning to do, have an amazing time that weekend as we offer thanks to Her Majesty and to God for her amazing life of service and faithfulness. Here is a notice about it:

Woosehill Church Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration – Sunday 5th June

We are holding a “traditional” Woosehill BBQ after the 10.00 service to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. No fixed charge, but financial contributions gratefully accepted. The plan is to eat around 12.30 – 1.00 (you can’t hurry the chefs!) with activities, fun and frolics both before and after. Please let us know if you will be there. Can you bring a side dish – that would be great if you can, but not essential. Can you bring a “Platinum Pudding” – now there’s a challenge. Please let the Woosehill Stewards know if you will be there and if you can bring something – stewards@woosehillchurch.org

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