By Martin Gibson: contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

Services Sunday 22nd August: 9:30am Holy Communion led by Rev Ann Lloyd. 6pm. Evening Prayer with Paul Harrod

Tincting – this is the practice of dipping the communion wafer into the wine chalice. It avoids much unnecessary contact. The Cof E has strict guidelines on the practice and the issue will be discussed at the PCC meeting in September.

When Roland Harley was clearing out his attic recently, he came across this “gold” medallion. It is inscribed: THE QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE on one side and on the reverse: OLVESTON TOO 02

Does anyone out there know what it is and to whom it should belong?

The wardens decided last week to reintroduce the collection of alms during the 9:30am service. So everyone who takes part in the envelope scheme is encouraged to bring their envelopes into church.

Only 2 weeks now to the Church Fete. Debbie is still looking for helpers, so please give her a ring if you are available: 07870 557961.

And two days after the fete the MONDAY MOVIE CLUB opens again. The venue is of course, St Mary’s with doors open at 7pm ready for a 7:30 showing of A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Admission is free (though donations are obviously welcome. Coffee, tea and a licensed bar.

At last there has been reaction to my question: should St Mary’s become a “heritage” church as its congregation shrinks, or should it be remodelled in a way which is probably alien to our present congregation. If the latter, we need to think about removing at least half the pews, totally changing the style of worship and possibly such “services” being held on a different day and time – what is wrong with 6pm on Fridays?

My personal opinion is that we cannot just let the church fade away. There is no shortage of young families in the village, what is needed is a plan and leadership.

And finally:

George was a thoughtful husband. He wanted to give his wife something special for her birthday which was coming up soon. As he sat on the edge of the bed, he watched his wife turning back and forth and looking at herself in the mirror. “Rita,” he said, “What would you like for your birthday?”

His wife continued to look at herself and said, “I’d like to be six again.”

George knew just what to do. On the big day, he got up early and made his wife a bowl of Cocopops. Then he took her to an amusement park where they rode all the rides. Five hours later, Rita’s stomach felt upside down and her head was reeling. Nevertheless, George took her to McDonald’s and bought her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Next, it was the cinema with popcorn and ice cream.

As Rita wobbled into the house that evening and flopped on the bed, George asked her, “Well, Dear, what was it like to be six again?”

Rita looked up at him. Her expression changed. She said, “I meant my dress size!”