Down St. Mary
Wedding. On Friday 14th August the marriage of Adam Oxlade and Celia Macklin Butler took place at our Church. The weather was overcast but luckily dry as there was heavy rain in the morning. Rev. Lindsey Starrs officiated at the service to a full Church of family and friends of the couple. The Church was beautifully decorated with wild flowers which were of a blue theme. The bride, in a beautiful white dress and veil, entered the Church to the music of ‘The Bridal Chorus’ by Wagner. After the declarations were made to each other, a reading from Matthew 7 was read by ‘Mashup’ (a friend of the couple). Lindsey addressed Adam and Celia as well as the whole congregation telling them that they were individuals and should not try to change each other and also that the best way to resolve a disagreement, which apparently happens in marriages!, is by saying ‘I’m sorry’ and the other person accepting this. The congregation filled the Church with sound when they sang the hymns ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Jerusalem’. While the registers were being signed a selection of Cello music by Toppinen, Paavo and Kivilaakso was played. Mr and Mrs. Oxlade processed out of the Church to the ‘Wedding March’ by Mendelssohn and the sound of a peel of bells. The congregation lined the path from the Church and scattered rose petals over them as they passed. Everyone then went onto the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter for tea. A further celebration was also planned at the Waie Inn the following day. We wish Adam and Celia a long and happy life together.
From the Register. On Friday 21st August the ashes of Diane Pamphilon were laid to rest in the Garden of Remembrance within the Churchyard. The service was conducted by the Rev. Brian Shillingford and was attended by family and friends.
Shoebox Appeal. Just a reminder that any donations of shoeboxes for the Children’s home, hospitals, homes for the elderly and those in need in the Varna area of Bulgaria need to be submitted by Sunday 11th October. This ensures that they will be at their destination before Christmas for distribution. It would be nice if you could bring them to the 9.00 am Eucharist Service on this day so that they can be blessed by Rev. Lindsey Starrs prior to their onward journey. If you are unable to attend, then either please leave the boxes at the Church (I will take them to the local organisers Brian and Trish Glover) or take them to ‘Acorns’, Bewsley Farm, Copplestone. Thank you for your ‘Box Full of Love’
Diary Dates. Christmas is approaching! And as part of Christmas preparations, we are holding the following services in December.
Mid-week Lay led Evening Prayer at 4.00 pm on Wednesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th.
Morning (said) Eucharist Service at 10.30 am on the 23rd with Rev. Anthony Geering.
Carol Service at 6.30 pm on Monday 21st and our Crib Service at 4.00 pm on the 24th (Christmas Eve)
DSM Village Hall events. The village hall committee are holding two events at the hall in October.
On Sunday 18th there is a fun ‘race night’ and on Saturday 31st a Spooky Party for 5 – 11 year olds.
See the DSM web site or posters for more details.
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