Already we are into the fourth month of 2013, where does time go! Hopefully you had a pleasant Easter and were able to participate in some of the local events, such as the Palm Sunday procession. The newly formed Dorset Chamber Choir presented a timely Lenten Music evening, entitled Music for Holy Week March, under the leadership of David Everett.
Our very best wishes to Edward and Catherine who will be married at St James’ Church on Easter Saturday. We also wish Roger, Helen and all their family well as they make final preparations for their big day, early in May.
During the coming year, we have eight weddings booked as Kingston Church – it is a very popular venue. The bells always sound lovely, thanks to Mike Pitman and his team of ringers. He has asked if we can try to recruit one or two new people who may be interested in learning to ring the Kingston bells. If this could be you, please have a chat with Mike. On Sunday, 5 May, some visiting ringers are attempting a three-hour peal at Kingston, so we are planning to offer tea and cakes, and Roderick will be playing the organ, why not make a note in your diaries – for a pleasant Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon?
Our Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) is to take place soon; All Kingston Residents are welcome and any who have an interest in the wider church and village activities are welcome to join us – 7pm in the Church on Thursday, 25 April. This year the electoral roll needs to be renewed so please ensure you have returned your Application Form to Greta Hardy. If you haven’t received one and wish to be on the Church Electoral Roll, please contact Greta.
We also welcome those who live outside the parish and particularly appreciative of the number of people who come to Kingston and support in many ways, flowers, refreshments, music…. In fact we depend heavily on those from outside the village to keep things going.
It is essential that we all connect up a bit more and build up a stronger network of friends. May be someone in village will come up with a social event, at which we could just enjoy each other’s company – a skittles/ bowling night somewhere local? A quiz night? A bring and share supper one Saturday? (in other words a time for friendship and laughter, rather than …..fundraising!) If you would be up for something like that, chat to others, neighbours, friends, and I’m sure something will grow from it – big oak trees come from little acorns. Start small and sincere, then the sense of community will grow from it.
On Monday, 29 April we have the first of our ‘Summer’ music events – hopefully it will be a spectacular night of Russian Orthodox and Folk Music. The Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg, are touring the UK and are well worth hearing, so please spread the word and invite friends along.
Sunday Services this month will follow the usual pattern (see services page 4) ‘Taste and see that the Lord is Good; Blessed are those who take refuge in Him’ … ‘Come my children listen to me’… ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’. These are personal verses of reassurance from Psalm 34 (v 8, v11, v18).