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Ysgol Estyn pupils visit Hope Church

On Tuesday 4th July, pupils & staff from years 2 & 3 at Ysgol Estyn visited Church as part of their village walk. They came prepared with a lot of questions about the church and the churchyard, and it was the job of Rev Adam & his helpers to try to answer.

How old is the church?, when was the tower built?, when were the bells installed? Where is the oldest grave?, and the youngest one? And many more!.

Then the pupils looked around the church, saw the various graves outside, climbed up to the pulpit. But the big attraction was the old organ. Adam showed how the pipe organ works by blowing down wooden pipes from an old organ from Newtown. Then many had a go at actually playing the church organ – the picture shows the orderly queue.

After that it was a case of collecting their bags & getting ready for the long walk to Caergwrle Castle.

Looking after the church yard

A big thank you to David Hughes who has ‘adopted’ the steps & pathway leading from our West Gate up to the Church. Lots of weeds, & debris from the overhanging copper beech, had made the approach very untidy. Verges were also growing unevenly onto the path. After several hours of graft, the approach is now very tidy, as these pictures show.

David Pickering has also been busy, as ever, especially over the past few weeks & has spent a lot of time cutting the churchyard grass which had become overgrown. He has been nobly assisted by our 4 sheep (sorry 3 !) .

At the last Hall Committee meeting, it was agreed that Blodwen could spend up to £250 to replace the outside notice board on the Hall. It had become impossible to see through the perspex screen, & the backing had just broken away. This was a challenge for David Ellis. By purchasing a new screen, & backing, & using his DIY skills, we now have a ‘good as new’ noticeboard for only about £50 – as can be seen in the picture.

(Thanks to Allan for this article and photos.)

Summer Fete

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this year’s Summer Fete a success and of course thanks also to all those who came along to enjoy the occasion.

The sum raised for church funds was £1506.47.

Congratulations!

Three members of Hope’s congregation, Claire, Kirsty and Nigel, were confirmed at St Giles Church, Wrexham, on Thursday. They can be seen on the left with Bishop Gregory and Adam, and in the photo below with some of those who went along to support them on this special occasion.

Congratulations also to Jan Young and Angela Hoynes on their commissioning as worship leaders and to Simon Piercy on being accepted for ordination training beginning in August.

Easter arch adorns the church steps

Our thanks to Cllr Ian Sumpter who erected this lovely Easter arch over the Church steps to welcome us during the season of Easter.

The Donkey comes to Church!

Max the donkey returned to Hope on Palm Sunday to help us celebrate this special day. He began by leading us in a walk around Hope. In the photos below you can see everyone in the car park ready to set off and then towards the end of the walk opposite the Church.

Then we took our seats inside the Church for worship which included the Palm Sunday story with an enactment of Jesus riding into Jerusalem. This photo shows Zak who took the part of Jesus and was given a ride around the Church.

The service was followed by donkey rides in the car park, and games and craft activities, with hot dogs and other refreshments, in the Hall.

In the afternoon Max visited Emmanuel Church where he was busy giving rides again as families arrived for Easter Messy Church.

Thank you to Max and to everyone who helped make this such a memorable celebration

New roles for church members

Now that the parish of Hope is merged with other parishes to form the Borderlands Mission Area the PCC (Parochial Church Council) has met for the final time. At the annual Vestry Meeting on Sunday gifts were presented to Blodwen Ellis and Margaret Marsh who have served as Rector’s and People’s Wardens, and to Leslie Graham who has served as parish treasurer for a total of 39 years.

Blodwen is now Hope’s representative at the Mission Area Conference and Margaret her deputy and both continue to have other roles in the new Hope Church Committee. They can be seen in the photo below together with Adam and newly appointed Adam Taylor (Rector’s Warden and Treasurer), Jan Young (People’s Warden) and Alison Burrows (secretary).

Jigsaws of Hope Church

We are very grateful to David Healey who offered to purchase some jigsaws using funds from his Heritage Lottery grant. The jigsaws are of photos of Hope Church and of the Trevor Roper Memorial inside.

The photo below shows Melanie, Beryl, Audrey and Pat enjoying putting them together during Pop In.

Getting Together for a 'Big Sing'

Those of us who gathered in the Church Hall for the ‘Big Sing’ on Friday evening were in good voice. We enjoyed singing some old favourite hymns but also took the opportunity to learn some modern hymns and songs including Adam’s favourite, “In Christ Alone my Hope is Found”.

We were ably led by Claire Taylor and Liz Poynton who also provided us with refreshments half-way through. Thanks to them and to all who helped choose the songs and to those who lent their voices! We look forward to singing these songs again in our Sunday services in the near future.

Pam is licensed as a Reader

During Sunday’s evening service of Holy Communion in Hope Church Pam Attree was licensed as Reader to the Borderlands Mission Area.

Rev Steve Green, Warden of Readers and Vicar of Shotton, licensed Pam on behalf of the Bishop. Also taking part in the service was Rev Martin Batchleor, our Mission Area Leader.