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Community calling…

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning. 

It's time to sing your song again.

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,

Let me be singing when the evening comes'

Matt Redman

Lent, Easter and the cold wet weather are 'behind' us and before us lay the long 'hot' summer days, when the lawn mower comes out and the sound of children playing in the parks and gardens echoes through the streets.

It is as though the people around us are beginning to wake up, just as the bird song becomes more prevalent and the gardens begin to burst into colour and life. Conversations over the garden fence, lingering and rebuilding, catching up after the months of the dashed hello or wave of the hand as we run in out of the cold or rain.

While Easter has passed for another year, new life still springs up.  Jesus called us to love and care for another, to befriend those who know few and to be in communion with one another.  We do all belong to communities; there are those we chose to belong to and those we deliberately opt out of, those to which we belong even though we don't really want to and those to which we haven't really realised we belong in the first place. 

The road in which we live is a community of people. The level on which that community functions is dependent on those living there; knowing the name of your next door neighbour is a step to building that community and spending time getting to know them on a closer level deepens the community in which you live.  Our villages can often be quite lonely places: places where people come and go, leaving for work in the dark and arriving home late, new people moving in and being left to find out who people are for themselves, and others at home all day with no-one but themselves for company.

Our lifestyle and interests also dictate the communities to which we belong and the amount of commitment we give to them.  Some might focus on one or two in order to be committed to the very core while others hang around the edge waiting to be invited in.  We were made to be with one another, we need to have a sense of belonging and when those needs aren't met we can feel lonely and uncared for; on the edge and unwanted.

When Jesus created community, he invested in people and helped them to invest in each other, drawing people from the edge to the middle, and as they gained a sense of purpose and belonging their lives were transformed.  A people called to live differently, to have their lives changed by God to love and care for one another on a level beyond the 'nod of recognition'.  Loving as he loved transforms the lives of those around, like the sunrise dawning over the darkness as the light spreads throughout, changing the areas it touches with warmth, light and colour. 

The villages are no exception to the community rule; there are those enveloped in its heart and those on the edge, looking in. There are so many groups; those for the young and for the old, for the carer and for the cared for.

As we head into summer, and to a new era, I will become Vicar of Calverton, and Anthony and I will look at new ways the villages can work together in the future. I want to encourage each of us to make the most of the communities around; are there others you could invite in or things you could do to help build community life? 

Let's make every effort to love as Jesus loved and help those we meet be singing at the end of each day.

With every blessing

Sam Hustwayte

The parishes of Epperstone, Gonalston, Oxton & Woodborough, Notts.

Christian Aid week is from 14th -20th May.  The annual Christian Aid service will be held in St Swithun's Church, Woodborough on Sunday 21st May at 9.30am.

The Speaker, Liz Cordle,  will talk about current projects.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you wish to donate to the work of Christian Aid, please collect and return envelopes to either St Swithun's Church before or after services or 3 Pinfold Close, Woodborough.

Anglican Church Services in May

7th May

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m Family Service (W’b)


14th May

9.30 a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m. Holy Communion (Ox)

2.00p.m Rogation walks from Holy Cross, Ep


21st May

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

9.30a.m.Christian Aid Service (W’b)

11.00a.m. BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

7.00p.m Deanery Confirmation Service (W’b)


24th May

12.30p.m Mid-week Holy Communion, plus bring & share lunch (W’b)


25th May

7.30p.m Ascension Day Service, St. Paul’s, Carlton


28th May

9.30a.m Family Service (Ep)

9.30a.m.Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m Family Service (Ox)


Church Happenings in May

Wednesday 3rd May

10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In, St. Swithun’s

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


Sunday 7th May

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall


Tuesday, 9th May

2.00p.m Church Fellowship, The Institute, W’b


Wednesday 10th May

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s


Friday, 12th May

2.00p.m Scramblers, St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Ox


Wednesday 17th May

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


Saturday 20th May

3.30p.m Messy Church, Holy Cross, Ep


Wednesday 24th May

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s


Wednesday 31st May

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


We had a most enjoyable "Woodborough W.I. Birthday Party" on 10th April at Woodborough Village Hall, happily attended by fellow W.I. Members from neighbouring institutes. We were entertained by the "After Eight Quartette." Many of their songs were reminiscent of past times; their renditions were all sung a cappella with most pleasing harmonies.

The next W.I. Meeting will be our Resolution Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on15th May, held at the Woodborough Village Hall. There will be a "Bodyshop" Demonstration given by Rachel Brown, and some of their products will be available for sale after the Demonstration. The Competition will be for the Shirley Hoskins' Cup, which will be awarded for the best artwork in any medium.

The next W.I. walk will take place from at 10 a.m. from Woodborough Village Hall on Monday, 8rd May.  It will be a local walk to the Ploughman's Wood to view the bluebells.

The next Committee Meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 9th May at Yvonne O'Donnell's.

Woodborough W.I. Meetings are held at the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For further details contact Jenny on (0115) 9654186.