Girton Parish News - April 2000
The Front Page.
High Sherrif's Award for Millennium Garden
Shaun McDermot, one of the willing team of young people undertaking work
on Girton's Millennium Garden, went along to Shire Hall to collect an award
on behalf of the rest of the team. He collected a cheque for £300
to support work on the garden.
Many thanks go to the team and also to George Kent and Andrew Meek
who support the work and guide the youngsters.
Message from St Andrew's
The Parish Church's Palm Sunday service will be a family service. As usual,
we shall begin in the Cotton Hall at 10am, so that we can process to the
church as a very visual reminder of how Jesus entered Jerusalem, and what
that entry meant.
In this last week of Lent, Palm Sunday is the "gateway" to Holy Week
- the week running-up to Easter, in which we remember Jesus' last
days, his last supper, his arrest in Gethsemane, his trial, his crucifixion,
and finally his resurrection.
There is at least one palm tree in Girton - it resides in the North
Room, except for Palm Sunday when we give it pride of place in church.
It helps to make a bit more real the palm branches which people strew at
the donkey¹s feet to make the way down the slippery and steep pathway
a bit safer. Everyone receives a small palm cross as well, which we carry
in the procession as a reminder of this action.
What do we remember on this day? We remember the rapturous shouts
of "hosanna" (Lord, save us) from his disciples as the messiah came to
his own city. We remember the dramatic impact of his sudden arrival from
Bethphage and down the Mount of Olives to the Gate called Beautiful, so
that those camped outside the city wall wondered greatly what was happening.
But we also remember that when he entered Jerusalem on the
back of a donkey, Jesus was in tears.
Riding into the city of those who hated him took huge resources
of courage and determination. In four days the trap would spring
around him, and he would be a prisoner of those who were looking
for a way to destroy him. Escape into the desert from the Garden of Gethsemane
in the dark would have been easy. Jesus chose instead the way of the cross.
The crowds raised their palms cried hosanna! Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord!But think of the cost
to Jesus as he entered the Holy City , already earmarked for
On Good Friday, the mob that had raised their palms in hosanna
raised their fists and cried, "Crucify him!" As we close our
fists around our palm crosses, we remember that in one
sense , we were there too. Christ Jesus took our pain and our sin
and made it his own, so that we could be his own.
For this reason we say yet again, "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Message from the Baptist Church
PUTTING THE CHURCH ON THE MAP
I have always said that one of my aims as minister of Girton Baptist
Church is to put the church on the map, and one Friday afternoon in March
we did just that. For about an hour we were the very centre of village
life, as police cars, a fire engine and several representatives of TRANSCO
descended on the scene. In addition to that we made headline news
on Radio Cambridgeshire and even had a mention in the following day's evening
paper. In terms of publicity we really did strike gold, although
in reality the nature of our hit was gas!
Judging by the comments I have received since then, most people seem
to know something about what took place, but just in case you are one of
the minority let me explain. The members of Girton Baptist Church
are currently extending their premises by building a new entrance on the
front of the building. In order to reduce costs, we are doing most
of the work ourselves and on the Friday in question we were busy digging
out the foundations. To a novice, like myself, it is amazing how
much there is below ground, two electricity cables and a gas pipe lay across
the lines of our new building. We carefully dug around the cables
by hand, but as we no longer required the gas supply, we had arranged for
the supplier to cut it off in the road before the building work got under
way. Alas, although the authorities had assured us that the gas was
no longer on our land, in reality the capping was on our side of the boundary
and consequently was severed by the mechanical digger.
The police instructions were quite clear, we had to close the road
immediately, and within minutes the emergency services were at the scene
cordoning off the area. TRANSCO arrived shortly afterwards and stopped
the leak by blocking off the pipe, as we had originally requested, under
the road. To those of you caught up in the traffic, our apologies,
I hope it didn't inconvenience you too much, but at least you now know
where the Baptist Church is!
As I said earlier, I have received many comments about the incident.
They have, thankfully, been light hearted along the lines of "Please don't
offer to dig my garden" and "God didn't answer your prayers then".
With the first comment I am happy to oblige, but the second one I need
to explain because yes, despite it all, I believe God was still watching
As a church we had prayed for good weather and for God to watch over
us as we worked on the site, for we knew that the job would be physically
demanding and a race against the clock. A concrete lorry was booked
for half past four with an hour's notice required to cancel it. When
the gas leak occurred we stopped the concrete, if we hadn't we would never
have been ready for it for, unbeknown to us, when digging recommenced on
the last bit of the last trench we encountered a huge boulder of old concrete
that stubbornly refused to move. How the boulder came to be there
we don't know. It certainly wasn't visible on the surface, but what
we couldn't see God already knew about.
God answers prayers, but not necessarily as we expect or in the time
scale we demand. It is a little bit like us as adults watching a
toddler explore her new surroundings. To the little girl the world
revolves around her, whereas we as adults know that there is more to life
than her immediate environment. Similarly God calls us his
children and in that description is a reminder that as our heavenly Father
he is constantly watching over us with a vision that is far greater than
Message from the Girton Glebe School
Staff Old and New
Last week we said goodbye to Mrs Maxine Searle as she begins her maternity
leave.She is looking forward to the birth of her baby at the end of April.There
were many sad farewells but fortunately also promises of future visits.
Mr Philip Atkin will be joining us after Easter as Key Stage 2 Coordinator.
His strengths are Maths ,ICT and Music and we are looking forward to his
joining our team.
The children have been very concerned about the flood victims in Mozambique
and they have organised two fund-raising events this half term. A non-uniform
event raised £160 and a Pokemon design competition was run by four
of our year 6 girls,raising £4.48.Well done Girton Glebe and Maddie,
Nicola ,Charlotte and Elesha who even bought the prizes with their own
Wishing you all a very happy Easter
Susan Baker - Headteacher
Last updated: 27th March 2000