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Tilton on the Hill - Leicestershire


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A number of you have noticed that the usual pattern of church services across the Whatborough Group of Parishes has changed. I think I would use the word ‘evolving’ rather than changed and this is due to reasons I will explain further but it will need a watchful eye to be kept on the dates as they may vary from month to month. For this reason we will publicise two months of dates at a time to inform you well in advance and encourage you to make a note of the services you would like to attend. The changes are in response to various comments and requests. Please say if you need help with transport to a church in a different village, we will try to help with this.

I have observed how uplifting it is, for all concerned, to gather together in larger numbers and to welcome visitors who soon become friends from the villages across the Whatborough Group and wider area. In May, therefore, in addition to our Holy Communion services, we had the Lamb Service at St Andrew’s, Owston. A wonderful opportunity to give thanks for the safe arrival of many lambs and for the hard work of the famers and all who help during the busy lambing season. A great opportunity for the children to hold a lamb and the vicar too! And plenty of time for excellent coffee and conversation following the service.

We are currently journeying through the Easter Season. On the fortieth day after Easter there has been, from the late fourth century, a celebration of Christ’s ascension. He commissions his disciples to continue his work, he promises the gift of the Holy Spirit (the presence of God within us) and then he is no longer among them in the flesh. The arrival of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost completes and crowns the Easter Festival - this is also sometimes referred to as the birthday of the church. The June all-age group service will therefore be at 10.00am on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th and we will take the opportunity for a double celebration of the Feast of Pentecost with a Christening. June also features the celebration of 900 years of Launde Abbey. The Launde Abbey website has full details but please note the Launde Deanery Evensong service at 6pm on Sunday 23rd with the combined choirs of Leicester and Peterborough Cathedral and also the family celebrations below.

Launde 900: The Great Celebration

22nd June, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for this Ancient Wells – Living Water event to mark the 900th anniversary of Launde Abbey: a celebration of the Abbey’s anniversary and a great day out for all the family!

The day begins with a great service of celebration led by the Bishops from the dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough. The service will be followed by an afternoon packed with events and activities to suit all ages and tastes: poetry readings with Malcolm Guite, medieval archery, walks in the grounds and Launde woods, tours of Launde, and so much more. There is no charge for participating in this day of celebration although there may be a small cost for specific activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase on site throughout the day. There will be a collection during the service offering you the opportunity to support the ongoing ministry of the Abbey.

Rev’d Jayne (The Vicarage, Tilton on the Hill: 0116 259 7244)