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Ascension Day

Ascension Day

The Reverend Michael Macey, new vicar at St Johns in Boxmoor, was joined by parishioners in the ancient custom of ‘beating the parish bounds’ in a bid to raise money for Christian Aid.

ST JOHNS, BOXMOOR

The act involves walking the length of the parish boundary – in this case, a distance of 14 miles – and beating sticks on the ground to ward off evil spirits. Mike and his team prayed for those who live within the parish and for all that goes on within the bounds. In revitalising this lapsed tradition, the team not only prayed for the life of the parish, but also got to see the extent of the area in which over 18,000 people live and work. The total distance included four pub stops along the route for refreshment, and gave supporters a chance to join in without having to walk the whole distance.

Parishioners also sponsored Mike to go the distance after morning service and still be back in time to preach at Evensong. So far, more than £750 has been pledged to Christian Aid.

YOUTH WALK RAISES MONEY FOR DENS

Inter-church youth group reFRESH enjoyed an invigorating walk along the canal tow path from Hemel Hempstead’s Station Road bridge to Winkwell swing bridge and back, to raise money for homeless charity Dens last week.

At the half way point, all were rewarded with an ice cream before heading back. The initiative came after Dens Events Manager Carol Wolstencroft visited the youth group in early May to raise awareness of homelessness in Dacorum. Since then, reFRESH have organised a sponsored car wash, cleaning 19 cars last Sunday, and completed a sponsored walk raising £370 so far for Dens.

Their project next week will be to raise more funds by baking and selling cakes and biscuits at the New Church Hemel Sunday service.

Refresh youth leader Lisa Dussek said: “The group are also extremely keen to brave the Dens’ sponsored sleep out at St Albans Abbey this December which has challenged me personally because I don’t even like camping, let alone sleeping the night in a cardboard box in wintry weather. But they all want to do it, so how can I let them down when it’s for such a good cause?”

Any young person between the ages of 11 and 18 who is interested in the Christian faith is welcome to join reFRESH. The group meet every Thursday during term-time for chilled fun and games, discussion and events. For more information contact Lisa Dussek on 07952 113735.

YOUTH WALK RAISES MONEY FOR DENS

Inter-church youth group reFRESH enjoyed an invigorating walk along the canal tow path from Hemel Hempstead’s Station Road bridge to Winkwell swing bridge and back, to raise money for homeless charity Dens last week.

At the half way point, all were rewarded with an ice cream before heading back.

ALL SAINTS YOUNGSTERS RAISE MONEY FOR SCHOOL

Concerned youngsters at All Saints Berkhamsted staged a lively concert to raise funds for a school in far-away Nepal.

The audience enjoyed a varied programme which included a puppet show, magic and poetry as well as musical items and songs.

The event raised £150 for the school which was visited by producer Kathy Beaumont’s daughter earlier this year who reported back on their need for financial help.

MULTI-FAITH CALENDAR

JERUSALEM DAY

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Wednesday (May 28) as Jerusalem Day – a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem.”

ASCENSION DAY

Ascension Day celebrates Jesus’s ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.

This was celebrated on Thursday in the Christian faith and today (Sunday) by Catholics.

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