29th to 30th November,
St Mary’s Church presents the Most Amazing Story of the Nativity
Monday 29th September 2014
LAYING-UP OF THE STANDARD
ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION
Monday, 29th September 2014 at 2pm
Service conducted by the Reverend Jez Safford
Rector Jez Safford receives the Standard and accepts the charge.
The Standard of the Burton Latimer Royal Air Force Association is handed over to the Rector of St Mary’s the Virgin for safe keeping in this Holy Church.
The service was attended by the mayor of Burton Latimer, Councillor Ruth Groome, alongside members, service men and women, and widows of the association.
1 minutes silence was observed to recall all the work and members of the Royal Air Force Association in Burton Latimer.
We will remember them
Prayers were said for Our Queen and Country, for the Royal Air Force and for Peace.
Tea, Coffee and Cake was enjoyed following the service.
Family Service 06th July 2014
Some of the Children from St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy, did a play about the history of Wicksteed Park.
Please see http://wicksteedpark.org/wicksteeds-history/ for more information about Wicksteed park.
Please see the photos below from the service
Tuesday 3rd of June 2014
Tuesday 3rd of June saw a surprise visit to St Mary’s from Father Ionas Laurence Kyunha KU and three delegates from our link Diocese in Seoul. The party led by Quentin Chandler came to visit St Mary’s to enjoy our wonderful building and to see the St Catherine murals but also to learn how a traditional parish church wrestles with reaching out into the community with the good news of Jesus in new and fresh ways. They were very keen on how the family service is planned and engaged with and how we link with schools and other community groups. They were particularly interested in the towns historical link with the boot and shoe trade and were thrilled to meet Mr Nicholas Loake who spoke with them about his family links with St Mary’s and how Loakes shoes are very popular in South Korea. They were equally surprised with his knowledge of the outlets in South Korea that sells the shoes. I was pleased to share an example of how we re-contextualise the stories in the bible to help younger generations understand what Jesus did, by suggesting that if Jesus was around today would he have washed his disciples feet or would he have polished their shoes as we seldom take our shoes off in the UK. Father KU thought that in South Korea washing feet would be more apt as they take off their shoes much more than people in the west. The party were each delighted to receive a generous gift from Mr Loake on behalf of the PCC and the town of a fabulous bespoke shoe cleaning kit as a memento of our discussion and visit to the town. Fr Ku signed our visitors book and hoped very much to keep in touch. Finally we all retired to ZaZa’s coffee shop to enjoy a drink and to see how the premises is also offered by its owners Amanda and Paul Thubron for church events. It was a super afternoon spent together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the far east and forge closer links with Fr Ku’s own church.