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Hymn Books free to a good home

St George’s Church in Badshot Lea, GU9 9LD has two different hymn books to give away. If you would like a book or two just pop in and collect them – the church is open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm except for school holidays and Sundays.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “At St George’s we realised that it was time to buy some new hymn books. We were using two different hymns books and some hymns were in one, some in another and other more modern hymns that we sing were in neither! We used to have extra hymns on bits of paper but it was becoming very frustrating. We can’t sell the hymn books because they are out of date, but if anyone would like one they are free to a good home!”

She continued, “You may remember we did this at St John’s, Hale, last year and we gave away 300 hymn books in the end – it was lovely because people left messages thanking us and it was great to think that the books will continue to be used and loved by members of the community.”

Blessing the New Hymn Books

On Sunday 23rd August, at St John’s, we had a special service of blessing for our new hymn books. This prayer was used:

Almighty God, everlasting Father, You created Your people to offer thanks and praise to You. Grant Your blessing upon these copies of Hymns Old and New, that they may be for us instruments of praise by which we may worthily magnify Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Lord almighty, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, bless these hymn books and those who use them.

As a symbolic act we then brought the green ones up and laid them on the altar on our way up to receive communion and picked up the new orange hymn books from the altar on the way back. Then sang the remaining hymns from the new book.

It went remarkably smoothly, considering!