THE MONTHLY FAMILY SERVICES KICK OFF AT ST PETER’S
After much planning and preparing with Ed and Joy Horne, we were at last able to launch the first of the monthly family services in Winterbourne Stoke. We had a glorious morning for it and the atmosphere in church was relaxed and full of smiles.
Our two pre-schoolers were kept busy colouring in pictures relating to that day’s theme of temptation, while the older children sat with the adults - a perfect mix of generations! The Old Testament story of Adam and Eve’s conversation with the snake in the garden of Eden was shared between Vicky Moorhouse and youngsters Alice and Gabriel; and the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness was read by Ian West. A snake (not real!) and various other props helped illustrate the talk, and it was lovely to see many of the congregation bringing their prayer pebbles to the altar, during a short period of quiet personal prayer.
There were refreshments afterwards, while we admired the colourful pictures done by the youngest ones. Thank you to everyone who helped make it work!
GARDEN OPEN FOR CHARITY
Jonathan and Olivia Dutton are opening their garden under the National Garden Scheme from 2-5pm on Sunday 25th June.
Home-made teas will be served all afternoon and there will be plants for sale, proceeds from both going St Peter's Church.
The 3-acre garden lies in an idyllic setting surrounding a Georgian rectory, with lovely views down the Till Valley. The Duttons renovated the house and re-landscaped the grounds in 2015.
From a bare slope of ground, they have created a garden that is full of colour from April to November. To cut into the slope, they created a 120ft west-facing wall with climbing roses and clematis, which provides a backdrop for mirrored herbaceous perennial borders around a formal lawn.
To make the most of the views across the garden to the Norman church, they created a parterre with 100+ roses.
Other areas of interest are the orchard and cottage garden planting around a pool.
There will be a display illustrating how the garden was created and designed and how it has evolved over the last 2 years.