St. Mary Magdalene Wartling Plough Sunday Service Please click on the images for full details.
Our Plough Sunday Service was well attended with framers, plantsmen and plantswomen, smallholders and farmworkers. A plough and tractor were blessed in the churchyard while a milk churn, milking cluster, soil and seeds were blessed in the Church.
Many people are surprised to learn that even in the area of the churchyard there are more than seventy different species of moths. In the Church there are details of ways to assist the survival of these as well as details of the wild flowers and rare plants in the Churchyard, and the wildlife that is also there.
The St Mary Magdalene Wartling Songs of Praise Service giving thanks for the 125 years since the Church Organ was installed.
The Church Organ, built by Wm Hill & Son, was inaugurated at a special service on Friday the 26th October 1894, this followed by a celebratory service the following Sunday morning. Frank Beeney, our organist, has been playing this for over 40 years, and both were celebrated at this well-attended service of thanksgiving on the 27th October. Two of the hyms Frank played, 'Angel Voices Ever Singing and 'O praise Ye The Lord' were played at the inauguration service in 1894.
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Autumn is a time when the leaves around the Al Saints Herstmonceux Churchyard are a blaze of colours and then they fall to the ground! So, a working party arrived, and, fortified by coffee and cakes, undertook a 'Churchyard Clean-Up.' The leaves were place on the compost heap. Nothing is wasted in God's design. (Please click on Gerald's images to enlarge)
Both of our Churches are always wonderfully decorated for our services and festivals. Below is a picture of one some of the decorations at the Church of All Saint's Herstmonceux.