In the brief review of the month’s magazine 


From the Vicar


Father Nicholas spoke about how early Easter was this year, with Easter Day being March 27th, the earliest that it could was March 22nd. This last happened in 1818. And won't again until 2285 (incidentally there seems to be a strong campaign to get it fixed). The date varies because it depends on when the Spring Equinox is, plus the phases of a full moon. It began back in AD325 when the Council of Nicea gave us the Nicene Creed.




The date of Easter was set as the First Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. It is of course, the high point of the Christian year.






Art Exhibition


Dates for the Art Exhibition have been announced and these are on 28th April to 2nd May 2016. Appeals were made for volunteers to help out.






The Children's Society


Brenda has requested that the Children's Society boxes be returned to either All Saints or St Cedd's ready for emptying so the count can be made.






Electrical roll


Once again this needed to be updated in time for the AGM on Monday 18th April 2016. So any changes to people's circumstances needed to be passed to Frances. 






Mothers’ Union


The year's programme began with Holy Communion which Father Nicholas presided over. The Feast of Candlemas was celebrated with the appropriate readings and hymns. It was lovely to have an Annexe that was full and that Eunice was able to be with us following her surgery.




Thanks were given for all members who had paid their tributes promptly. This year marks the 140th anniversary of the Mothers' Union.






Deanery report


Terry gave an account of the February 2016 synod meeting, where church schools were mentioned. Also referred to was the Colchester Wedding Fair on Sunday February 7th, which had over 100 stalls. The Deanery also had a stand, promoting weddings in all our churches. It was reported that the Church of England had numerous websites which gave guidance on numerous subjects.






Gift aid


Iain tried to explain the benefits of gift aid, whereby the church can claim back an additional 20p for every £1 given. In 2014, the 44 members of the congregation who gave, earned a rebate of £4,676. This can be done by direct debits through the bank, placing in a special gift aid envelope, from the past by signing documentation to agree to this. In recent times it can be claimed back on small cash giving too.






News from Stanway Lodge


The latest detailed news from that group was featured once more, which has proved a very good addition to our church magazine.






St David's Day


With it being March, the patron Saint of Wales had his day on March 1st. There was a full account of his life. In fact David was the Bishop of Menevia during the sixth century and was later regarded as a saint and became the patron saint of Wales. His date is uncertain probably between 462-512. Although it is generally given as 500AD. He was born in Pembrokeshire and was the son of St Non.


He was revered by Catholics, Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox traditions of over 50 churches that were dedicated to him in pre-reformation days. He is usually represented standing on a little hill with a white dove on his shoulder. St David's Cathedral where he is buried, stands on the monastery he founded in the Glyn Rhosyn valley in Pembrokeshire. His shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages.