June is the Month for … Village Fairs!
Easter ends with Ascension Day on 2 June and then comes the Church’s Birthday, the Feast of Pentecost, when the life and love and energy that was in Jesus descended on the disciples through the Holy Spirit, and the Christian Church was born. We sometimes get very worried about our beautiful medieval buildings, and how we are to maintain them, but in the end, the Church is not buildings, but people – all who follow the way of Jesus and live in relationship with God through him.
The people of our villages will be very busy in June with events on June 12 in Little Bytham and June 19 in Castle Bytham. As you may remember from the last month’s magazine, there will be an exhibition in Castle Bytham Church on the 19th in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Do visit it – we are really excited about it and all the help that people have given. There will be all sorts of interesting displays, activities for the children, a quiz to do as you walk around, a Fair Trade Stall and a Book Stall, live readings from the KJB by a variety of people, a special Visitors Book to sign, film clips, refreshments … and, if for no other reason, you can visit the church to use the ‘facilities’! The day ends with Songs of Praise in the church, with more readings from KJB!
Meanwhile, Something Like a Sunday School has been going well. We have a big group of enthusiastic members, but still room for a few more. We normally meet on the third Sunday of each month in Little Bytham Village Hall at 11am, but in June we will meet on the second Sunday, the 12th, to celebrate the Church’s Birthday, and put some special decorations in Little Bytham Church for the Fete that afternoon. Come and join us!
As you know, I live with my husband in South Witham, where I am involved in a Concert on Sunday 5 June at 7pm in South Witham Church. It is a relaxed and informal affair, called Music for Fun. No tickets needed, but donations requested, with a suggested donation of £5 per adult. Children free. A mixture of music, instrumental and voice, classical and popular, serious and comic, with a mixture of professional performers and amateurs … including me … and opportunities to join in! Visitors from the Eastern side of the A1 will be most welcome!
As I write we are still reeling from the terrible events of the night of May 2nd. Peter and Sylvie are coping bravely and are very grateful for the kindness of many friends. Letters and cards for them can be forwarded through me.
With every blessing,
Added : 04/06/11 : MG