ST PAUL’S ‘FIRST STEPS’
In March we began the ‘growing season’ by sowing mustard cress and talked about seeds and new life. Following this we suffered because of the road closure and had a poor attendance despite asking the workmen to let in our members. We made up for the previous occasion and had Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas sowing more cress and broad beans too. Although we were nearly a week late for Shrove Tuesday we had a line up of parents and grandparents with pancakes in pans and had races down the hall. They had to flip them twice on each trip. The children (and grown ups) loved this and joined in!
We have a constant change of families: old friends who come and go as time goes by and it is always a big occasion when a new babe arrives on the scene.
We are considering whether to make 8 April our first April meeting. It is during the Easter Holidays. It would mean welcoming older siblings too. If you were intending coming on this date, please telephone Pauline at 01726 812252. The following date will be 29 April.
Letter from Danny
We’ve been having some work done in the kitchen. The kitchen was ‘out of bounds’ for the likes of me and worst of all the old Windsor chair was moved to a far away room so I could no longer curl up on it next to the boiler. My dishes kept moving around and the timetable for walks and food wasn’t always what I was expecting. Humans are so strange! Why do they want to change things all the time? It’s just the same with washing things. Just when I am feeling comfortable with the smell of my cushions and
blankets and cuddly toys they are whisked away to the washing
machine and come back smelling strange. Thank goodness the kitchen
is almost back to normal now and best of all, my old Windsor chair is
back next to the boiler even though it has a different cushion which
has a ‘new’ smell. It’s a dog’s life!
I have a lot of doggy friends, also human friends. Some of them take me for walks when Master and Missus are too busy. One such friend goes walking with lots of dogs. Some stay with him so his house has a lovely ‘doggy’ smell. It is my favourite house, that is next to mine, of course!
RESTORMEL CONCERT BAND visits Saint Paul’s
The work on the roof repair last year meant that two concert performances which had been booked had to be cancelled. We were fortunate that Restormel Concert Band, a forty piece wind band were eager to re book and the date of Friday 15 March was arranged. They asked if we would also like to hear Halwyn a Gan, a local choir. We were happy with having these extra performers, but it seemed quite a tall order fitting in musicians, instruments and a large choir. The performers were well experienced at furniture removing however and in next to no time they were ready.
The programme comprised alternate selections by band and choir of popular show and light classical music. There was one ambitious rendering of ‘The Rite of Spring’ which gained much applause. A raffle was held and wine and nibbles served during the interval
After expenses a profit of £330 was realised and very favourable comments were received by the large audience.
Our next concert will be performed by Cornwall Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 1 December.
Easter: the most joyful day of the year
Easter is the most joyful day of the year for Christians. Christ has died for our sins. We are forgiven. Christ has risen! We are redeemed! We can look forward to an eternity in His joy! Hallelujah!
The Good News of Jesus Christ is a message so simple that you can explain it to someone in a few minutes. It is so profound that for the rest of their lives they will still be ‘growing’ in their Christian walk with God.
Why does the date move around so much? Because the date of Passover moves around, and according to the biblical account, Easter is tied to the Passover. Passover celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and it lasts for seven days, from the middle of the Hebrew month of Nisan, which equates to late March or early April.
Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first to use the Hebrew lunar calendar to come up with firm dates for Good Friday: Friday 7 April 30 AD or Friday 3 April, 33 AD, with Easter Day falling two days later. Modern scholars continue to think these the most likely.
Most people will tell you that Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which is broadly true. But the precise calculations are complicated and involve something called an ‘ecclesiastical full moon’, which is not the same as the moon in the sky. The earliest possible date for Easter in the West is 22 March, which last fell in 1818. The latest is 25 April, which last happened in 1943.
Why the name, ‘Easter’? In almost every European language, the festival’s name comes from ‘Pesach’, the Hebrew word for Passover. The Germanic word ‘Easter’, however, seems to come from Eostre, a Saxon fertility goddess mentioned by the Venerable Bede. He thought that the Saxons worshipped her in ‘Eostur month’, but may have confused her with the classical dawn goddesses like Eos and Aurora, whose names mean ‘shining in the east’. So, Easter might have meant simply ‘beginning month’ – a good time for starting up again after a long winter.
Finally, why Easter eggs? On one hand, they are an ancient symbol of birth in most European cultures. On the other hand, hens start laying regularly again each Spring. Since eggs were forbidden during Lent, it’s easy to see how decorating and eating them became a practical way to celebrate Easter.