Hello. The drawing on the left by Helen Joy is me, apparently, the Revd Margaret Stark; I am immensely flattered. In a voluntary way (I am retired from the full-time ministry) I help to organise and lead acts of worship and other activities at the former St Lawrence Church at Lavernock. Apart from finding uplift in churchy things, there is spiritual benefit too, I’m sure, in appreciating God’s creation. So this page is full of my thoughts and findings and sightings of wildlife accompanied by photos where possible. Plus the occasional visit to another church. I hope you will find it interesting.
Recently visited St Teilo’s Church at Merthyr Mawr with Anne Thomas, our St Lawrence organist. We were both fascinated by the preaching cross in the middle of the graveyard. John Wesley himself may have preached from those steps! And what a lovely piece of stained glass showing the scene at the Wedding at Cana when Jesus turned about 150 gallons of water into the finest wine!
We had a vibrant service on Sunday when we remembered our patron saint, St Lawrence. There were blood red flowers, of course, as befitted a martyr and we sang with gusto some well-known hymns about saints and martyrs to Anne’s fine accompaniment. Bible readings and poetry were followed by the Revd Mark Jones’s inspiring sermon which was notable especially for his emphasising St Lawrence’s sense of humour and for his telling us that the recent meteor shower was called by the Catholics ‘the tears of St Lawrence’ because it always falls on or about the 10th August, the date of the saints’s death in 258 AD. The former church was almost full with old and new friends who afterwards enjoyed chatting over tea and coffee. Here are a few photos:
For pictures of the meteor shower see the following link:
Went down to Cosmeston on the 91 bus yesterday and hunted for wildflowers in the rain. Must have looked a sight with umbrella in one hand and camera in the other! Found lots in the east paddock. One interesting find; a red fibrous growth on the stems of rose bushes caused by a tiny gall wasp leaving its larvae there; the growth is known as Robin’s Pincushion and is quite lovely to look at. Here are some photos:
Our next service is on Sunday, 13th August at 3 pm. We shall be observing St Lawrence’s Day and Revd Mark Jones from the Parish of Penarth and Llandough will be preaching. Please make a note in your diary!
Yesterday was Sea Sunday which we celebrated with great enthusiasm down at St Lawrence. Some of us read poems – three people, Dave, Derek and Wendy, ‘volunteered’ at the last moment and read so well, as did the usual suspects, Carole, Helen, Jane and Michael. Anne was at her best at the harmonium, which seemed very happy in the warm conditions, and accompanied loud and tuneful renderings of favourite hymns. I muttered about monks and ‘thin places’ and prayed for everyone and everything as I usually do. Four adorable little dogs waited patiently in the porch during the service. Calls for a ‘Pets’ service, one day? The hot and cold drinks were much appreciated, as were the Welsh cakes provided by Maureen and the lemon drizzle cake from Carole, and lots of us stood around and enjoyed social interaction (fellowship).
Pete, Michael and I had cleaned and prepared the church the day before and Pat did some serious polishing on the day. The beautiful flower arrangements were supplied by Julian from ‘The Florist’ and shells, driftwood and a buoy borrowed from Toni of ‘Lilypad’. Thank you, everyone, for a lovely afternoon!