CHRISTMAS AT ST. GILES CHURCH

Christmas services start at St. Giles with our Carol Service, on Sunday December 10th at 4.00 pm. That’s the same day as the St. Giles School Christmas Bazaar, which finishes about then, so why not come on down to the church to sing familiar carols, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy some mulled wine? The focus will be on Advent, the period leading up to Christmas.

Next up is a Carol Service for Key Stage 2 children at the School, on Thursday December 14th. Then we take a rest until Christmas Eve, when the Bread Service takes place.

For those who don’t know or are new to South Mimms, the Bread Service is a very old tradition started in 1698, when, by the will of John Bradshaw, £2.00 a year was given to buy penny and two-penny loaves to be distributed, so that no-one should go hungry at Christmas. The Vicar received £1.00 to preach a sermon. Nowadays the sermon is quite brief, and we sing carols and everyone collects a bread roll. The church is usually packed with young and old, and it is a perfect start to the Christmas festivities. Please note the slightly earlier time this year: it starts at 3.00 pm, not 3.30.

Because Christmas falls on a Monday this year, we will NOT be having a morning Communion Service on the Sunday (Christmas Eve), but we will be celebrating Midnight Mass, at 11.30 pm. The church will be lit with candles for all these services. On Christmas Day itself, Family Communion starts at 11.00 am, not 10.30. This will give Karen, our Priest, time to spend with the congregation at St. Margaret’s, where she takes the Communion Service at 9.15.

We look forward to seeing as many as possible at these services, and wish you all the joy of the Christmas Season.

VILLAGE DRAW WINNERS

If you want a number in the Village Draw, please contact Pam Rowell on 01727 869277. It is a monthly draw held every 3rd Monday night at Bingo. Total prize money paid out is £1,460 a year, i.e. £50 and £30 every month plus £150 and £100 in January and July. Any surplus money raised is used for Village events, e.g. the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch.

Why don’t you try your luck?

November 2017
£50.00 No.214 V. Franks
£30.00 No.71 P. Metson

FOR SALE
The Benefactors of St. Giles South Mymms and their Monuments.
A short illustrated booklet adapted from a talk on Historic Churches.
£5.00 – proceeds towards the Restoration Fund.
Please contact William Marterson or Chris Cameron or collect a copy from the church on a Tuesday afternoon while enjoying a cup of tea and some cake

JOHN USHER RIP

We were saddened to learn of the death of John Usher, Councillor on both the Borough and the County Councils for many years, representing Potters Bar. He died on 14th November aged 91. Our condolences go to his children, Christine, Denise, Gary and Michael, and their families.

Councillor Usher stood as a Conservative, but was impartial in the support he gave to the people of Potters Bar and South Mimms. He was a Rotarian, and also a supporter of the 60+ activities in the Borough. He appeared each year at the Remembrance Ceremonies at South Mimms, laying the County Council wreath, and reading the Lesson from Revelations from the eagle lectern – his loud clear voice had no need of a sound system! We offer our thanks for his life and service. May he Rest In Peace.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICES 2017

The Act of Remembrance was held on Sunday 12th November by the War Memorial, South Mimms. As always people gathered in the White Hart for coffee beforehand. In a bitterly cold north wind a large crowd gathered, possibly the biggest yet. The timing of the One Minute’s Silence was impeccable. Wreaths were laid with dignity. Our thanks go to the Police for controlling the traffic for the Silence; to Councillors Graham and Hodgson-Jones, representing Hertsmere and Herts County, who also read the two Readings in the Church Service which followed. Others to be thanked included Peter Robinson of the White Hart who provided the sound system and also free tea and coffee beforehand, bugler Dominc Bates, standard bearers Chris Hale and Lynne Goodenough, and Mick and Yvonne Harverson for organising the occasion.

ST. GILES NOTICES

St. Giles is Open for Business! Some people have described the church as half closed. Not so. Access to the Frowyke Chapel is blocked off, as the floor presents trip hazards, but this does not affect many people (apart from church tourists). The main parts of the church are in full working order. We are now getting a regular clientele each Tuesday for tea and cakes, but there’s always room for more. School Services on Fridays pack the church with over 100 people, pupils, staff and parents. We have bought comfy red chairs for the North Aisle social area. Come in and see!

BELLRINGERS

For some months now the bells at St. Giles and St. Margaret’s have been silent on a Sunday morning. Andrew King has moved away from the area, and has therefore resigned as Tower Captain.

However Adrian Beardwell has been training up a new band of ringers, and now leads them in practice at both churches at 6.00 pm on Fridays, alternating between the two towers. This means that the bells are being used, which keeps them in good order. It also means that anyone who wants to learn to ring, or who is an experienced ringer and would like to continue, can join in. Hopefully this will result in attracting people who can ring on Sunday mornings (8.45 am at Ridge and/or 10.30 am at South Mimms). Weddings, Funerals, Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve and other national events could also be marked with bell-ringing.

This is a long-standing tradition: may it continue here for many years. Anyone interested in joining, contact Adrian Bearwell on 07980 934835.

OPEN CHURCH AFTERNOONS

St. Giles is open on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 to 5.00 pm., offering tea and cakes. This has now turned into a weekly date in the village calendar, and attracts quite a number of people – and sometimes their dogs!

Please come and visit the church, either for a sociable chat, or just to enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely building. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones. As Summer turns to Autumn and then to Winter Open Church will carry on, with some heating on, of course!