You shall go out with joy

What a joy to be at St Mark’s at the end of April as the congregation celebrated St Mark’s Day.

Usually I would be at St John’s in the choir on a Sunday morning, but on this occasion – not feeling my best, and needing a ‘lie in’ – I decided to go ‘up the hill’ to church.

How often would we be starting a service outside, planting Hellebores? And, appropriately, singing a couple of verses of All Things Bright and Beautiful. NOT one of my favourite hymns as it happens, but oh so appropriate to be singing ‘each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings’, accompanied by Bob on his fiddle.

Back inside, Lesley Shatwell took the service and we were reminded of the few things known about Mark the Evangelist. We also discovered that he is the Patron Saint of Venice and wondered how it would be if Hale were to be twinned with Venice!!

This lovely informal service finished with us ‘going out with joy, as the trees of the fields clap their hands’ and for those able to stay, there was a slice of cake to be had with coffee, to celebrate our church’s Patron Saint.

Gillian Geraghty

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