If you missed our Flower festival in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee, you missed a real treat, the displays were amazing. The whole team of arrangers, fundraisers, stewards and the givers of flowers truly out did themselves to produce a most successful event.
When the idea of a Flower festival was first put forward by Val Thwaites, I was sceptical that it would be effective as a fund raising event. I thought certainly that we had the talent, but wondered if enough people would actually come.
What impressed me from the start was the enthusiasm and efforts of the team, of Val, Carolyn, Kate Gannon and the other ladies. They set to with a will, which was wonderful; ably supported by the people supplying flowers, Christiana and Val Blandy, Mary Dias and Betty Garton, in particular. I suppose I should have been less surprised by this.
Several other things struck me as well. First the effort to raise the money needed to pay for the event before it actually started. The lunch for Johanna, the film night, collections etc. arranged by Val, raised €1300. In fact there was money in hand before the event started. The second thing that struck me was the incredible creativity of the planners. I don’t know who came up with what, but the displays on the “Wedding”, “garden parties”, “horse racing”, the “Royal British Legion”, the “Royal Yacht”, “Time” in the Lady Chapel, and the “Commonwealth” in the Baptistery with the meticulously cut out flags, not to mention the “Titanic” on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, (in which three Madeirans died), were incredible. Even I helped with the flower arranging (with somewhat limited success). The third thing I want to comment on was the camaraderie of the arrangers on the arranging day, and it was a fitting end that we finished with a magnum of Champagne. It was one of the happiest events that I have taken part in, since I have been working here. And they want to do it again! There are already ideas about involving local schools, on the theme of Evolution and Creation.
To crown it all it was a great financial success, we have raised on this event alone, very nearly €3000 if we include the money raised from refreshments. The members of the electoral roll do not provide anything like enough money to keep this church running; we continue to rely on tourists and fund raising events. There will be no place of prayer unless there is enough money to support it. Several things help to keep this church afloat, “The Friends”, started by Bill, continued by me until it was taken over by Val, covers half the deficit left by weekly collections, concerts, coffee mornings and the stall. The new initiative by Ron Cameron to get tax back on the donations of British visitors, has been a great success which we hope this year will go a long way to plugging the rest of the gap. However we still have to have fund raising events like this one. They will ensure that we are financially secure for this year; no mean feat in the present financial conditions. I salute those who have made this possible.
There are lessons to learn. This is the first time we have attempted an event like this and there were bound to be things that we could have done better. We had hoped that there could be defined “quiet area” for private prayer, during the festival, with a sign outside indicating this. On reflection I think it was unrealistic to believe that there ever could have been such a delineated separate area. When this is done next year as I hope, we will have to decide beforehand a particular place and keep displays away from it, the space would be there like this year, but in a church like ours it could never be quiet and it would not be private. Or perhaps we could create a prayer space in one of the rooms upstairs, but access would then be a problem. It is not easy to think of a way around this.
Despite this we can certainly pat ourselves on the back for a great success and congratulate all those people who helped to make it possible. The four arrangements pictured here are, in order, the “Titanic”, “Royal Garden parties”, the “Common Wealth” and the “Risen Christ”.
While we are on the subject of flowers…..
Carolyn Wells has approached me to ask if anyone would like to join the group of Church flower arrangers? All you need is a pair of Scissors, enthusiasm, and team spirit! She is going to run flower arranging work shops to start in September on Saturdays the 8th and the 22nd at 10,30am. For more information please ring Caroline on 291 765 442, or me on 291 220 674.
Over the past year the Council have undertaken quite a lot of training and thinking about the way we work. One of the outcomes is to adopt “An Inclusive Church Policy” which involved changing slightly the Mission Statement of the Chaplaincy, a copy of which follows this item), and thinking about all the ways that we can make sure that people of all backgrounds, nationalities, states of health, life styles, and religious observance and denomination can find a place with us. The basic question is, how open are we as a group.? Of course quite a lot of thinking on these lines had gone on before, for instance into the planning of the Parish Centre to make sure it was wheel chair friendly, buying ramps for the front steps, and so on.The M I C C, Madeiran International Christian Community, is a free Evangelical Church which caters for English speaking residents and visitors, is closing down and it has been suggested that we arrange a Service at Holy Trinity for these Christians. Unfortunately I have had no experience with this type of worship! Mike Duckett, whose wife was a member, and who does have this experience, is only here for part of the year. It may be however that God is calling us to this new ministry….. There are practical difficulties as well; at what time should it be on a Sunday? Mornings are already crowded and there are concerts in the evenings. We shall be discussing these plans at the next Council Meeting. Please remember this in your prayers.
Our Mission Statement
Holy Trinity Church exists to share the love of God in Christ Jesus with all people through its Welcome, Worship, Witness and Works of Service. We recognise and value, the worth and dignity of all people.
As you may know Andrew Mumford, who is a Methodist Local Preacher and is authorised to act as a Lay Minister at Holy Trinity, has been accepted by the Methodist Church for preparation for the ordained ministry. He will begin his training at Wesley College, Cambridge this Autumn and will be leaving Madeira in September. We shall be having a farewell lunch for him on Thursday 6th of September when we will be making a presentation to Andrew, if you would like to make a contribution please speak to me or Ed Barrow. (see church website for full contact details: http://www.holytrinity-madeira.org
And finally! Holy Trinity Film Club.
Film nights begin again in August. This season we want to broaden the format slightly. Some films are worth seeing, but may not be suitable for a large audience, in which case they could be seen in private houses or the Parsonage in addition to the usual monthly film nights. We would also like to encourage people to choose (and perhaps introduce), films they have particularly enjoyed. The next film night will be on Friday, August 24th at 7.00pm and will be, “Tea with Mussolini”, where a group, of determined expatriate, art loving ladies in Florence, take on the might of the German Army of occupation. Staring Cher, Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Lily Tomlin and Joan Plowright. If you would like to book a place, please let Neil know. 10€ plus wine.