Harvest Festival 24th September

Harvest at Lavernock was a splendid service. The old church was packed and beautifully decorated with fruit, vegetables, flowers, jars of this and that and herbs. We sang lustily and Anne accompanied us with great enthusiasm on the harmonium. We read from scripture and poetry and I said a few words about Christians being like ripe peaches (!). And the Revds Mark Jones and Rose Hill joined in (it was good to have them with us). Produce was handed out to members of the congregation and their donations, added to the collection, amounted to some £220; thank you everyone! Tea, coffee and cold drinks were served and some of us snapped away with our cameras:

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Coming up…

The next service is the popular Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday, 24th September. Then we have the reflective Remembrance Sunday on 13th November and the candlelit Christmas Lessons and Carols on 3rd December – all at 3 p.m. Come early to secure your seat! See you there.

Margaret Meets

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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.

Merthyr Mawr

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!

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Celebrating St Lawrence

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:

Cross, flowers and candles

For pictures of the meteor shower see the following link: