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Amazing April

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118: 24)

It all happens in April!  Cuckoos and swallows make their first appearance; Spring announces its arrival by decorating the countryside with blossom and robing the trees in bright green hues; and with the April showers comes the hope of May flowers.  Looking around us at the miracle of nature’s renewal gives reason enough to rejoice and be glad for each day.  The Anglo-Saxon word for April was Eostre-monath, meaning ‘the month of openings’, very apt for the time of year when buds and flowers open up to the increasing warmth of the sun.  English Christians began using the word Easter for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from around the 5th century.

In the church calendar, April is particularly eventful this year, as Easter falls fairly late, so the month includes the second half of Lent, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and Easter itself.  It is a month of mixed emotions.  As a period of deep reflection, of abstinence (and possibly dieting!), draws to an end, our minds and hearts take in the tensions of Christ’s journey to the cross during Holy Week.  We are filled with sorrow at his death on Good Friday and overwhelmed by joy at his resurrection on Easter Sunday.  The dawning of Easter Sunday, with its message of new life and promise of reconciliation with God, is the high point of the Christian year.  

The food we eat at Easter brings with it reminders of the Easter narrative.  Hot cross buns, traditionally eaten on Good Friday, help us remember Christ’s death on the cross.  We might enjoy roast lamb on Easter Sunday, a link to the Jewish feast of Passover, commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, when the smear of lamb’s blood on their doorposts meant that the angel of death passed over those households.  Christ, through his dying on the cross, became that sacrificial lamb.  Perhaps for tea, we might eat Simnel cake, which is decorated with 11 marzipan balls, representing the 12 apostles, minus Judas, who betrayed Christ.  

And of course, there are Easter eggs, symbolising new life and beginnings. Which brings us back to the natural world, and all the new life we see springing up around us.  April, with its meteorological vicissitudes and roller-coaster ride of emotions, is nothing if not full and thought-provoking.  But more than anything else, it lifts the spirits, fills us with renewed energy and hope, and makes us glad.

This Easter, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. (Romans 15:13)

           Yvonne Allen




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SERVICES



9:30am  Berwick St James Holy Communion

9:30am  Great Wishford  Holy Communion

11:00am  South Newton  Holy Communion

9:30am  Winterbourne Stoke Holy Communion

11:00am  Stapleford   Holy Communion

11:00am  Steeple Langford Holy Communion

9:30am  Stockton   Holy Communion

11:00am  Wylye   Holy Communion

9:00am  Little Langford  Holy Communion

6:00pm  Fisherton   Evensong for Easter


Acts 10.34-43 or Isaiah 65.17-25

Psalm 118.1-2,14-24*

1 Corinthians 15.19-26 or Acts 10.34-43

 John 20.1-18 or Luke 24.1-12


For future services visit our Services page

Please ensure you have completed your new electoral roll form. This year marks the creation of the new Electoral Roll. It is essential that you obtain a copy of the Electoral Roll form from your Churchwarden and return it to your Electoral Roll Officer.


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Peace and Tranquility  on the Quiet Day at

Langford Lakes

Watch out for further information regarding your Annual Parochial Church Meeting:


do please have the date in your diary

BSJ   April 23rd

LWTV  April 29th

MWV  April 30th




May 5th  Praise and Poetry

Great Wishford 5:00pm


May 12th - 18th  Christian Aid Week

watch out for service details in each church


May 12th Christian Aid Service

Winterborne Stoke 6:00pm


May 19th - 26th Rogation celebrations

 look for details in your church


May 19th Annual Ecumenical Service

Little Langford Church 6:00pm


Lent Lunch Berwick St James