Holy Cross and St Mary

A Warm Red Autumn!

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Dear friends,

After a scorching summer, well, July at least, we can now appreciate the changing colours of autumn. Marilyn Monroe once famously said, “Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.”

Here at Quainton Church, the “warm red Autumn” programme brings many opportunities when our village community can come together to celebrate, remember, reflect, relax and be entertained as we launch our “Giving And Sharing” Campaign. October marks the second anniversary of my appointment as Vicar of this parish and my wife Sarah and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this wonderful village. Over a one-year period I have conducted 12 baptisms, 10 weddings, 28 funerals, 116 services of worship, 38 assemblies at Quainton School and numerous home visits. We also have 2 thriving community choirs.

You are all most welcome to come along to our Stewardship Banquet in church on Saturday 6th October when we remove all the pews and enjoy good food, wine and the company of friends. And on this occasion, we will launch our “Giving And Sharing” Campaign which is designed to give you an opportunity to tell me what you would like to see the church doing, and an opportunity for me to enlist your support for the ongoing mission, ministry and maintenance of the church.

Our Harvest Thanksgiving is coming up on 14th October, giving us an opportunity to thank the farming community for all they do for us and to give thanks to God for the bounty of the earth. Then on Friday 19th October, I will be opening the Harvest Auction at the George – obviously at precisely 8.31pm!

And on 28th October, we are holding a Memorial Service for all those who have lost loved ones, particularly over the last couple of years, when we will remember and give thanks for those who are no longer with us.

It’s a significant day on 11th November, not just because it’s Remembrance Sunday, but also because we are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War. We will have our service of remembrance at 3.00pm and then light the Beacon on Mill Hill at 6.00pm.

Then on 25th November, at our Civic Service, we will be inviting members of our community who work so hard to make our village a delightful and a safe place to live, to come along for a celebration of the life of our village.

We are looking forward to a great “warm red Autumn” as we enjoy life together in our village.

God’s blessings,

Rev Steve