Events in 2009 at Sturry Church
Pentecost is about celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, and a Bishop's hat (known as a Mitre) is in the shape of a flame to represent the Holy Spirit. During the Family Praise service at the end of May 2009, Sturry Church made their own colourful Mitres.
"Celebrating our unsung heroes"
Hazel Brackley, a member of Sturry United Anglican Methodist Church has been presented with a Lord Mayor's Award "in recognition of her significant contribution to the local community".
Hazel Brackley has been involved with a large and varied number of community projects in Sturry and Hersden for many years, and this award makes special mention of the time given to the Hersden community and the Hersden Neighbourhood Centre.
The conductor and composer Orlando Jopling played some of the JS Bach Cello Suites in Sturry church for a very enjoyable and atmospheric evening.
Orlando Jopling regularly conducts the English Chamber Orchestra both in the recording studio and on the concert platform, and has also conducted the London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with Sinéad O'Connor, working with her on a version for orchestra of her latest album, and he has assisted André Previn working with the LSO, and Sir Colin Davis. His music for TV has been heard on all the major UK channels, and he is artistic director of Roman River Music, the world's first carbon neutral arts festival.
Setting off from Sturry Church
Groups from Sturry, Margate. Ramsgate, Birchington
|Short break on the cycle path from Fordwich to Canterbury|
|Parading the banners inside the Cathedral|
The Easter Monday Youth Pilgrimage has a very long tradition in Canterbury.
For the past three years there have been organized short walks into the Cathedral from start points around the City, and Sturry is one of these. From Sturry Church we walk along the off road cycle path linking Fordwich with Canterbury.
This year (2009) there was communion at the cathedral. We arrived at about midday along with groups from all over Kent, some having walked 20-30 miles in two days. By comparison the walk from Sturry is a pleasant three miles. At the cathedral the banners were paraded in and followed by a mixture of worship and drama / talk on the Emmaus Road. We then had picnic lunches in the cloisters or on the grass around the cathedral and there were activities for all in various parts of the cathedral. After lunch we returned to the nave of the cathedral for the rest of the service with communion, and then the traditional parade out of the group banners.
From 9am until 11am on Good Friday morning, Sturry Church held a Holiday Club with the usual mixture of fun, games, craft and songs. This year the good weather meant the Easter Egg hunt and games could be held outside on the Milner Ground beside the church. The photos below were taken at the holiday club.
The Easter Egg Hunt
The decorated plant pots
Flowers at the tomb on Good Friday
Flame music group continues to encourage people to start learning new instruments. At the last service the group included a string section (violins and cello), woodwind (flutes, clarinets, recorders, bassoon and sax), brass (cornet). keyboard and percussion (drums, chimes and xylophone).
Have a look at the Flame photo-album to see old photos of Flame going back to 2001