24th June - Our Patronal Festival
What do you do to celebrate a patronal festival. The first Halling Fun Day and several subsequent ones were held on 24th June or the nearest Saturday to celebrate the birthday of St John the Baptist. When it falls on a Sunday, we commemorate him at our normal service. Other years, weekday evenings, we’ve invited the bishop and celebrated with a Confirmation service. Probably, our church was dedicated to S John the Baptist because it is near the river and, for over a thousand years, John has been the patron saint of Halling. This year his birthday is a Saturday and we’ll hold a sung celebration of Holy Communion at 9.30 am. I don’t know how many people will come on a Saturday, but it’s an important day in the life of our community and Church isn’t only for Sundays. So we’ll have to see. Maybe some people who don’t normally come on Sundays will join us for this one off special occasion. I’d love to see you there.
A visiting team of bell ringers will ring in celebration at 11.45 am till about 12.15.
We had been hoping that the bishop would come on 29th September for Cuxton’s Patronal Festival this year and lead a Confirmation service. Unfortunately, this will not prove possible after all. We are hoping he may come on some other day in the Autumn. If not, we’ll take any confirmation candidates to another parish. Please ask me if you are thinking of confirmation this year. Roger.
1st July: 6.30 pm Barbecue in Rectory Grounds. £7.00 admission. Music and food provided. Please bring drink and deckchair or rug if required.
26th July: 2.00 pm tea at Ray & Buffy’s, 106, Charles Drive. Proceeds for church funds.
16th August: 2.00 pm. Teddy Bears’ Picnic. All welcome. There will also be a bring and buy for Mothers’ Union charities. Food and games provided. Admission free,
14th October: 7.30 pm Quiz for Church funds in church hall.
4th November: Diocesan Gathering. Details to follow. Watch this space.
9th December: 10.00 Christmas Fair (nee Coffee Morning aka market) in church hall. ALSO evening Christmas music event.