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Girton Parish News - January 2002

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GIRTON SHOW - July 2002

Too early for sowing (seeds) but not for sewing! Yes, now, when it is cold, dark and you can't possibly deal with the clay in the garden - is the time for you to get out the scissors, needles and pins, and make something stupendous for the Craft section of this year's Show! Two new classes this year - THINK SMALL..

Think miniature artwork that is a pincushion. This most useful item, that can be a gem in silks, wools, velvet, ribbon or even leather.

The second new class is 'an item for a baby'! What scope that gives - not only knitting, crochet, cloth or wool, but wood, paper and glue - and inspiration! The classic arts of knitting and embroidery are still there.

Handknitting - or 'glorious knitting' as Kaffe Fassett said. From socks to sweaters, rugs to wraps, in stocking stitch or garter stitch or rib, Fair Isle, Shetland, cable or lace - it gives great scope for colour, texture and art.

Embroidery no less so, be it Bargello or blackwork, shadow-work or smocking, or a simple design in chain stitch, the choice is up to you. If you prefer to use a sewing machine, that is very acceptable too.

So, six months to complete your 'magnum opus' for the July Girton Show! Start now.

Friends of St Andrew's

Flower Festival, June 1st - 4th 2002

A Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee

Our theme will be to project the many components that make our village, including churches, clubs, societies and schools.

A Meeting will be held m the North Room of St Andrew's Church on Tuesday 22nd January 2002 at 7.3Opm, when it is many representatives of the above as possible will attend to discuss the proposed Festival. Anyone interested in flower arranging is very welcome.

Any enqurries to Muriel Briggs or Margaret Pearce  Higgins

Message from St Andrew's

New Years Revolutions

"They" say that "it takes a crank to start a revolution".  But at the start of another year it appears that it must take a saint to keep a New Year's Resolution!

We are living life at such a speed that time flies by and it takes most of our energy just to keep up.  We are living in the fast lane.  "They" also say that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions".  Well, perhaps the "motorway to Hell is a lot smoother", without those bumps of conscience making us at least think a little bit about what we are doing.

The years appear to come and go at such an increasing rate and the flow of the traffic of people is so strong that we get pulled along without really having the opportunity or even energy to make our intentions known, let alone to execute them.

We can now see on the television holiday programmes which may talk about driving in the quiet back-roads of some part of the world.  The roads are almost empty; you have time to decide where to go; and the way you go is pleasant an scenic.  What a difference from real life!  Oh, to be able to pull over to the side of the road, to admire the view, or to re-orientate oneself!

Where do we get the time or energy to review our lives?  Where do we get the insight to make resolutions we might just be able to keep for a month (or two, if we are lucky)?  Where are the quiet back roads we crave so much?  How can we avoid being pulled by the flow?  How can we even go against it?

We have just celebrated Christmas, Christ's Mass, or Christ's Festival.  Jesus Christ, sadly regarded by some as a crank, but worshipped by his followers, offers that peace and tranquillity in the busy world.  He indeed started a revolution which is still going on, turning peoples' lives around.  The Christian revolution takes people, turns them round to face God and away from their past life.  This revolution enables people to see things in perspective - what really matters; who really matters.

But the peace and tranquillity offered by Christ is also described in that well known Psalm 23 - "The Lord's my shepherd..." which was written long before Christ's incarnation among us.

However, the idyllic pastoral scenes described in the Psalm may not be ones we can identify with.  True, Girton has many fields surrounding it, but it still  may be difficult to relate to the message of Psalm 23 in our modern, busy existence.

Toki Miyashina, a Japanese woman, updated Psalm 23 as a prayer for busy people, and for "Deliverance from the North-European Disease".
It goes...

The Lord is my pace setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
he provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the way of efficiency; through calmness of mind.
And his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of activity,
By anointing my mind with his oils of tranquillity,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever.

A peaceful new year to you all

Dugald Wilson, Reader

Message from the Baptist Church

Made any Resolutions?

I expect “Resolutions” is an obvious topic for a New Year article, but here I must confess to being embarrassed, for I am not very good at keeping them.  I once heard of a Minister who made New Year Resolutions so that he had something to give up for Lent.  That though would hardly work for me, as my best intentions have usually evaporated by mid January.

I did start the other year with a few.  One was to try and not upset anybody and that lasted until New Year's Day when, invited out for coffee, I offended the hostess by declining a second mince-pie.  To have accepted though would have broken another resolution not to over eat, and that one lasted as long into the new year as the first Sunday dinner.  The resolution not to use the car for short journeys died on the first day it rained, and I lost the battle to always go to bed before 10.30 on the evening I dropped to sleep in the armchair while watching the News.  My ultimate resolution was to try and be on time, but as the editors of the Parish News know, I have not always made their deadlines. 

If you can make New Year Resolutions and keep them, then that's good and I will be the first to say "well done".  But the problem with them for me, and I suspect I am not alone, is that when I make resolutions and then fail I feel guilty for having broken them and terribly aware of my own shortcomings. 

Praise the Lord, that God knows we are far from perfect.  None of us are faultless and none of us are completely good or correct.  God knows that because he knows everything about us and he loves us as we are.  We do not have to pass a test, or be of a certain standard to gain God's acceptance.  God loves us in our weaknesses where we are right now.  True if we know there is something in our lives that we need to change then we must make an effort, with God's help, to change it, but God will never give up on you if you fail.  The Bible has many people in it who resolved to do something and then slipped.  I guess the most famous must be Simon Peter who, at the last supper, make that tremendous vow to Jesus that he would lay down his life for his master.  Later however, when Jesus was arrested, Peter was understandably scared and three times denied that he knew who Jesus was.  Peter had failed his Lord, he knew it and wept bitter tears, but Jesus though saddened, did not give up on Peter or love him any less.   Have you ever thought about the constancy of God's love?  God cannot love you any more (or any less) tomorrow than he loves you today, because if that was so it would imply that God's love today is not already perfect and complete which of course it is.

So what about when we fail?  The Bible tells us that if we sin we need to confess it and God, constant in his love and grace, will forgive us, and if it's a resolution you break, well pray for God's help to assist you next time and rejoice that in your weakness God is still strong and as loving as ever.

Phillip Staves

Message from the Girton Glebe School

Message from the School

I hope you all had a really enjoyable Christmas with lots of good cheer to see you through the next two months of winter.  Christmas was its usual enjoyable rush at school with parties, concerts, Xmas dinner and of course the Christmas post box. The joy of celebrating Jesus' birth is ever new in school with each pupil only on their fifth to eleventh Christmas.

In the run up to Christmas we fitted in Book Week, Children in Need and the Christmas Fair. As part of the citizenship curriculum this year, each class planned, organised and ran one or two stalls for the fair, taking responsibility according to their age. The children raised an amazing £134.98 for the Blue Peter Appeal. 

Two children in our school won a competition to design a Christmas Card, organised by Cambridge Catering Service. Andrew's design of cheery robins was published and sent to every school in the county and Sarah's design of the Nativity was runner-up. Well done.

We welcome to our school team our new school secretary Mrs Jan Cooper. She will be dealing with any admin. enquiries including hiring the hall, invoices etc. and will normally be the person who answers the telephone. We hope she enjoys working with us all.

A special thank you to a village resident who has donated a very generous amount to children's music in school.

Wishing you all a very happy new year, 

Susan Baker, Headteacher

Last updated: 3rd January 2002