Women2Women Welcome back!
Special Service of Commemoration
Advent Window Trail
Youth Zone Reunion!
Women2Women Welcome back event.
30 ladies (the limit because of COVID restrictions) from HPC met together in The Vicarage garden on a sunny summer’s evening with cake! There was a ‘people bingo’ to get us reconnecting; for some it has been a while and for others meeting for the first time. We then had a reminder of the main purpose of Women2Women: reaching out and building up, seeking to help the Christian women of HPC to grow in confidence in our faith in Jesus but also to introduce our friends to Jesus. Susie gave a little tantalising insight into how she is going to introduce our friends to Jesus at the next event in July, Pimms and Pudding. Lastly we had a fun and informative interview with Esther Griffin, the ‘new’ curate’s wife. Then more chat, of course!!!
HRH Prince Philip
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021
A Special Service of Commemoration was held on
Sunday 18 April 2021 at 6pm – at Hailsham Parish Church
This service was an opportunity for thanksgiving to God for the life of HRH Duke of Edinburgh and to pray for Her Majesty the Queen and the royal family.
Wealden Council, Hailsham Town Council and the local community were also invited to attend, athough attendence was limited to 30 due to Covid restrictions.
Easter Bakealong with Faith In Kids
Families from HPC Sunday Groups, Pulse and ABCs were invited to join their group leaders & helpers, Martha Collison (youngest ever contestant on the Great British Bake Off) and Ed Drew (Director of Faith in Kids) for an Easter Bakealong.
Ingredients were gathered, baking sheets greased, sleeves rolled up for an hour of mixing, melting, baking and decorating whilst listening to Ed & Martha chatting and explaining the Easter story in an exciting way
for a summary of the Easter Story, egg-splained with the help of mini chocolate eggs (sorry, couldn’t resist!).
Advent Window Trail
During Advent 2020 people around Hailsham decorated their windows on the theme of a Christmas Carol. Here they are with the names of the carols they were depicting.
Although we had lots of last minute cancellations (due to changes in Covid-restrictions over the Christmas period), we were thrilled to be able to welcome around 300 people across our 5 Christingle Services.
What a wonderful way to begin the celebration of our Saviour’s birth!
Community Carol Singing
Although we weren’t able to sing carols in our church building this year, twenty-five of us enjoyed bringing Christmas cheer to various Hailsham neighbourhoods as we sang in small groups outdoors, mostly in cul-de-sacs and closes, on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 18th December.
A few participants’ remarks provide a flavour of the occasion…
- ‘We happened to pick a spot where a family that have joined us for Pulse (our regular after-school club) in the past live. They came outside to listen and we sang their request — We Three Kings!’
- ‘We had a chat with a chap who came out of his flat onto his balcony to listen to us. We were able to direct him to our church website and, of course, wish him a happy Christmas.’
- ‘It was lovely to have the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.’
- ‘Just a few spots of rain when the weather forecast had shown very heavy rain expected!’
- ‘We finsihed up in Qunninell House’s car park (a local care home). Staff and residents were delighted to see us and watched from the windows.’
- ‘We all thoroughly enjoyed it!’
Photo by Elise Richards
Following a period of bad weather and local flooding / wind damage, we were sent this beautiful photo of the Church.
Thank you Elise.
It was great to be able to celebrate Harvest in the Church Building, with two services full (well, as full as possible!) of people of all ages gathering together to give thanks to God for all he provides for us.
Once again the Church building was full of colour, with beautiful floral arrangements at the front of church and on every windowsill, and a harvest loaf – complete with a tiny mouse!
Thanks to generous contributions from the congregation – we were able to send a huge amount of food and other goodies to Hailsham Foodbank