Faith News: Including new rural dean for St John’s

St John's Church, Boxmoor
St John's Church, Boxmoor

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Tickets available for quiz evening at St John’s, Boxmoor

St John’s Church in Boxmoor is hosting a quiz night in the Church hall on Saturday February 28.

Tickets are now available at a cost of £8.50 per person which includes supper. Teams are made up of eight but smaller groups can be put together to create a full team.

Book quickly to guarantee your table by phoning Alan Munford on 01442 242543.

New Rural Dean the Rev Lizzie Hood is welcomed

Also at St John’s parish, the Reverend Lizzie Hood will be commissioned as the new Rural Dean during a service of Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, Leverstock Green on Thursday, January 27 at 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event where the Vicar will also be commissioned as the Assistant Rural Dean.

Musicians , craft and much more at St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe with Pitstone

At the monthly Worshipping Together service in St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe with Pitstone, a friendly group of musicians plays the worship songs.

The group currently includes violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, piano and oboe, and has also played at other events, including a wedding.

New musicians of any age and ability, playing any instrument, are always welcome. For more details, contact Jeanette on 01296 660194.

Also at St Mary’s, the church craft group meets on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month.

Convener Louise Emlyn Jones said:“If you have a craft and feel you could make things to sell on the craft stall, please give me a ring. We mostly bring our own crafts and occasionally join together to make a quilt.”

For more details, contact Louise on 01296 668202.

St Mary’s Churchalso has a regular collection for a food bank, with a box at the entrance to each church in which gifts of food can be placed.

A list of items that are needed is displayed for guidance.

Anyone who is getting married at St Mary’s and would like some ‘spy hole’ photos – examples of which can be seen on the church Facebook page – should contact Corrall McCormack on 01296 662560. Corrall’s photographs are available, free of charge, on the same day as the wedding, to see and share.

Finally Children’s Church takes place at St Mary’s every Sunday in the children’s corner during the 9.15am service – except for the first Sunday of the month.

Calendar reminders and upcoming events at St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe with Pitstone can be found on the church’s Facebook page at

Interfaith calendar

Vasant Panchami is a Sikh and Hindu festival held this year on January 24 – the fifth day of Magha, marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.

Christian Viewpoint

‘My friend restores broken musical instruments. I gave him an elderly guitar much in need ofsome TLC. When he showed it to me weeks later, I was astounded! It looked like new, and sounded amazing. God can make us new too. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come” – 2 Corinthians 5:17. In Christ, all our imperfections are washed clean by His blood. In God’s eyes we are clean. Accept Jesus as your Saviour today, be clean, be blessed, enter into life in all its fullness.’ – Robin McEwen, Methodist Church