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June 2019

I wonder, what’s your favourite hymn?

It’s wedding season now, so that’s a vital question for all the lovely couples to be married in St Marys’ this summer.

I love discussing chatting through the choices with our couples as they prepare for their big day. It’s always a good idea to choose hymns which everyone knows, so we get some good hearty singing. And in a marriage service, I always suggest something cheerful to begin with, then something a bit gentler in the middle, before they make their marriage vows, and a good singalong to finish. So, we get lots of favourites – like All Things Bright and Beautiful, then Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Jerusalem as a rousing finale!

And it’s the same for other important life events – from christenings and funerals to gathering as a community on Remembrance Sunday or for Christmas celebrations; and week in, week out on Sunday mornings. Our hymns are at the heart of all our services.

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful hymns as part of our heritage, and continue to be written today. It’s a sort of shared poetry – or shared prayer. As the English fashion designer and businesswoman, Vivienne Westwood, once said: “Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singin’ hymns is a great thing to do.”

So, on Sunday 2nd June at 6pm we’ll be celebrating all of this with St Marys’ annual and traditional Friends of the Choir Choral Evensong. Our Festival Choir is singing and it’s a beautiful service – not to be missed. Do come along – and perhaps become a Friend of Tetbury Choir if you’re not one already? Or be inspired to sing with us? The Festival Choir is trained for major festivals through the year by the talented composer and Choir Director Ian Higginson. Then on the second and third Sunday at our 10am Sunday service we have a pop-up Congregational Choir. Arrive half an hour for a practice, and the boost our singing. All are welcome.

With love and prayers, Poppy

The Revd Poppy Hughes
Rector, The Benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne

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