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Easter Lilies

We would like to decorate the church with Easter lilies this year.  If you would like to contribute to the cost of this please put your donation in an envelope marked “Easter Lilies” together with your name and place in collection or hand to clergy/treasurer.  Alternatively, you could donate for this direct to the church bank account with the reference Lilies and your name.

Thank you

Edna Green

Treasurer 

St John the Baptist Church, Hey

Big new year raffle

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the raffle which was drawn this morning.

1st prize – £100                                  0649  Katie Boswell

2nd prize – Face and Body Basket       0557  Rev’d Christine

3rd prize – £25                                     0117  Eddie Baines

Thank you to all those who bought tickets, after costs the total raised was £723.

Candlemas

This Sunday we celebrate Candlemas, the traditional end of Christmas.

This panel of our stained glass is of the “Presentation of Christ at the temple”; the purification of Mary forty days after the birth.  We can see Mary in her traditional blue robe and Joseph with their sacrificial offering of doves.  Holding Jesus is the elderly prophet Simeon who recognises Jesus as the long awaited Messiah.  He then says what we now call the Nunc Dimitis. 

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.”

The woman is Anna a prophetess and widow aged 84 who had lived in the temple for many years.

“At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Israel.”