Welcome To St. Martin's Church Desford
Summer Fete A Great Day Out
Thank you to the Enderby Band who set the scene for a lovely day.
Thank you to the Linda Williams dancers and Repco for their very professional displays – which get better each year!
Thank you to all who cooked, provided prizes, time and effort - especially putting up and taking down the tent!
Thanks to everyone who came - making it a great community event.
All our efforts help to achieve £1,970.00 towards the mission of St. Martin’s church - such a fantastic result !!!
Just to remind you that this Sunday at 10.30am we have our all age service which lasts for 45 minutes. We hope to see you all to “Celebrate Together”
We would also remind you that the Beaufort Entertainers have their Summer Concert on Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm. Tickets including refreshments £8. Children under 14 are free.
This coming Sunday is the last service in church before the concert as the following week we are away on our Parish Weekend, so please email me for tickets or see me in church this Sunday so we can arrange for catering.
A garden is a wonderful place to relax
and however the early summer weather is shaping up,
I hope there will be significant moments when you can spend some leisure time working,
resting or entertaining in a garden: your own, or someone else’s.
Right at the beginning of the Bible the idyllic place God chose for Adam and Eve to
dwell was a garden – the ‘Garden of Eden’, a place of perfection and peace.
Right at the end of the Gospel accounts, before his arrest and crucifixion it’s in a garden
that Jesus goes to pray – the ‘Garden of Gethsemane’. And later his body is
taken to “a garden in which there is a new tomb”, where he is buried, and from where he was
raised on that first Easter morning.
So, both the dawn of creation and of the new creation have gardens at their heart.
In “The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God”,
George Bernard Shaw wrote: "The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there."
On 24/25 June, gardens around the village will be open – details will be elsewhere in this
edition and in many other places. Exploring the Open Gardens, we can be renewed and refreshed
as we enjoy their colour, scent and variety. We can draw inspiration from the ideas of others
and of course we can mix and mingle with friends and strangers as we do so.
Hopefully, we may also feel God to be near, whether we are alone or in company,
in the peace of one of these gardens.
A further opportunity – indeed a series of further opportunities exist
in the programme of ‘Quiet Gardens in Leicestershire’. Look up leicestershire.quietgardens.co.uk to
find a programme of some 18-20 Quiet Days being offered in a variety of venues between May and September,
typically running from 10 am to 4 pm.
And remember to thank God for beauty in the world as the village is once more spruced up and filled
with flowers through the efforts of the Desford in Bloom team – noting of course that the best thanks
of all might be to offer to join the watering crews!