St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
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Congratulations and Celebrations Combine

Pictured (from left to right) Mr Peter Pryor (retiring Reader), Revd Canon Kevan McCormack (Rector) and Rev Dr John Hare (retiring Assistant Priest)
(Harvest Lunch Photos)

During the celebrations of Harvest Festival, the clergy and congregation of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Woodbridge, also marked the recent retirement of two valued members of our church ‘team’. Rev. Dr. John Hare, our Assistant Priest, and Mr. Peter Prior, one of our Readers, were presented with gifts of gratitude by the Rector, Rev. Canon Kevan McCormack. As if this were not enough reason for the large congregation to have gathered, we also welcomed back one of our past curates (2003 to 2006), Rev. Aidan Platten, together with his wife, Esther and their three beautiful little daughters.

On entering the church on this special day, 14th October, we were greeted by the brilliant sight and intoxicating scent of stunning flower arrangements throughout the building. Bedecking every windowsill and ledge, at the foot of every pillar, beside the altar, font and organ, the delights of autumn in England were visible at their most beautiful. Arrangements in shades of gold and bronze, or hues of purple and pink, with berried foliage and various fruits of the earth, reminded us of the glories of our countryside and wealth of our fields and orchards. Combine these with the talents of our flower arranging team of ladies and you have a sight to brighten the most tired of eyes and hearts.

(More Harvest Flower Photos)

Following a service filled with glorious music, and words of wisdom and inspiration from the Rev. Aidan, a splendid lunch was served in the Church Centre. The buffet tables groaned beneath a wonderful spread, provided by partakers on a ‘bring and share’ basis, and the vibrant social life of this friendly community was evident for all to experience. Our new Assistant Priest, Rev. Canon Penny Brown joined us, together with her husband Peter, and we hope they felt the warm welcome extended to her by us all, as she prepares to take the reins during the forthcoming holiday period for the Rev. Kevan.

St. Mary’s continues to display a warmth of spirit beyond its ancient walls, and this year for the first time, non-perishable goods were laid in front of the altar, to be given to the Woodbridge Salvation Army as they prepare boxes of groceries for needy families in the town. A humbling reminder of the plenty we all enjoy and the surplus we discard regularly in our ‘ordinary’ lives, whilst others in our midst struggle to feed hungry mouths. Luxuries for the few are the contents of dustbins of the majority.

As the excesses of Christmas approach once more, please remember the less fortunate and make their Christmas 2012 one to remember by supporting the Salvation Army in their work. And come and celebrate the Festive Season here with us, where you can be assured of a very warm and sincere St. Mary’s welcome. Watch the local press for details of services and events in December. It would be lovely if you could join us this year.