Lancashire Night – Saturday 14th April
This was the first musical event to be held in the Croft. An audience of around 35 listened to and joined in with a medley of Lancashire songs and recitations by Steve and Keith, both dressed for the part in flat caps and accompanied on guitars and mandolin. The inner man (and woman) were catered for at the interval by a delicious hotpot prepared especially for the event by Phyllis.
The event raised nearly £300 for church funds
Steve & Keith in full flow
The Easter Vigil – Saturday March 31st
This is perhaps the most atmospheric event in the Churches’ year.
The service started at 8pm with the church in darkness as we all met together outside the main door where a new fire was blazing (it had been ignited from a spark from a flint so that it was totally new).
Fr Croft put five studs containing incense into the Paschal Candle which was then lit from the new fire.
The Deacon (on this occasion Canon Denby) then processed down the aisle holding the candle aloft as each member of the congregation took a light for their own individual candle.
Our organist for this occasion was Geoffrey who as well as providing the music also had the privilege of singing the “Exsultet” – a hymn celebrating the glories of Easter sung unaccompanied in plainchant.
Then followed a series of four readings from the Scriptures taking us through from the Creation of the World to the Birth of Our Saviour
The church then burst into life as we all joined together in the Gloria, accompanied by the first bells to be rung for nearly a week. All the statues that had been shrouded in purple for Holy Week could be seen again.
The ceremony was followed by the first Mass of Easter which included a renewal of baptismal vows by all present.
The empty tomb – the stone rolled away
The Paschal Candle
Palm Sunday March 25th
A beautiful Spring day! We all gathered on the lawn outside church as Father Mark led us in the Palm Sunday service and blessed us with a sprinkling of Holy Water as we held up our palm crosses. We then processed back into church for Mass with Canon Denby the celebrant.
We are now in the most significant week in the church’s year as we follow Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the drama of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, His death on the cross on Good Friday and then after two days in mourning with no bells or candles the church bursts back into life on Holy Saturday night as we rejoice in the glorious event of the Resurrection.
Big Breakfast – Saturday 24th March
Something has been missing in the social calendar at St Hilda’s! Today marked the return of the Big Breakfast. Nine items on your plate, dietary regimes either ignored or forgotten. Andrea and Sal were at the heart of proceedings, producing a production line of sausages, bacon, fried bread, tomatoes etc which obviously hit the right spot judging by the array of cleaned plates.
The Big Breakfasts have been suspended during the building work but will now become again a regular feature in the St Hilda’s calendar.
A grand total of £183.75 was raised for church funds. Many thanks to all those who helped to make the event such a success.
Beetle Drive – Saturday March 10th
Who would have thought it? 40 adults (aided and abetted by a number of children) shaking dice and according to the numbers thrown sticking body parts on to insects? An enjoyable, though noisy, time was had by all. Prizes were Easter Eggs, not to be consumed until the 1st April. A grand total of £250 was raised. Congratulations to Julie and Sheila.
Lenten Supper – Saturday 24th February
On Saturday evening we marked the start of Lent 2018 with our annual Lenten Supper. 50 parishioners and friends came together to share in an evening of bingo followed by a supper of pie and peas,( meat and potato or cheese and onion) It was a wonderful warm evening; we are now settling in to using our new church hall, the Croft, for functions. It is exactly what has been needed at St Hilda’s.
A grand total of £600 was raised towards church funds. Congratulations to Maryrose and her team of helpers..