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Church News & Events

Our Family Communion Service on Easter morning was uplifting and joyful! The sun shone gloriously through the church windows and the flowers looked so beautiful after the bareness of Lent. Our sincere thanks to our loyal flower arrangers for their skills and creativity – they never disappoint! The church was full and Revd Luci led an inspiring service. Afterwards, the children thoroughly enjoyed the egg hunt in the churchyard using Luci’s brilliant idea of exchanging a laminated egg template for a chocolate egg! Our regular worshippers were joined by a very pleasing number of visitors who had the opportunity to meet people over a cup of coffee after the service.

We’re very excited that for the first time ever Cusop Church is being used as a venue for a Hay Festival Event! “Breathing Space” is a wonderful idea initiated by Luci. During the festival week, there will be a series of reflection stations inside and outside the church. On Wednesday 29th May at 9.00am and 10.30am Revd. Mark Godson will be holding Mindfulness Sessions at the Church which will be followed by coffee and pastries.

If you feel like a break from the hustle and bustle of Hay Festival, then please do come and spend some quiet time at our beautiful church. Our thanks to Luci for inspiring this innovative project.

In June we have two very important events. On Sunday 9th June at 11.00am we will be having a special service to commemorate 75 years since D Day. If you come to the service, you’ll be treated to the St Andrew’s Singers, a piper, a bugler and refreshments. This promises to be a very popular service and we look forward to seeing you!

On Sunday 23rd June 2.00pm onwards we are having a very special Medieval Family Fun Day in Cusop Churchyard. The day begins at 2.00pm with a BBQ. Please bring your own picnic and a blanket if you wish! There will be lots of exciting activities including an opportunity to take part in a Sword Fighting Workshop, a Scavenger Hunt and face painting. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. At 3.30pm there will be a Medieval Insults Workshop and this will be followed by a performance of “Maud and the Wyvern” presented by Hay Theatre Company. The day will finish with a Celebration Service for all ages at 4.30pm.

Entry is free but donations towards The Friends of St Mary’s will be appreciated.

It promises to be a really enjoyable day for all ages so make sure you don’t miss it!


Caring for God’s Acre – Coffee, Cake and Conservation

Our next Churchyard Taskforce Day will take place on Tuesday 11th June from 10.00am to 3.00pm or for as long you wish. Hot and cold drinks and cake provided. If you plan to stay for the whole session then don’t forget a packed lunch. If possible, please bring your own tools. Looking forward to seeing you!

If you’d like to join our friendly and welcoming group then please just turn up or contact Celia (01497-820396)

Charitable Giving

The PCC and others who support our church have all worked so hard and we are especially proud that this year we have already raised £507 for charity. This amount will be increasing as we shall again be having a “bucket Collection” at Hay Festival raising more money for our chosen charity, St Peter’s Night Shelter, which provides accommodation between November and March for sixteen homeless men and women. The charity also has ongoing support including housing officers and the Samaritans to help people make positive changes to their lives.

Our Lent Lunch was a great success and we just about had enough soup! It was non-stop service and at one time, we were short of space as we had so many customers. Thank you everyone who supported this event and gave so generously.  The Lent Lunch raised £362 for St Peter’s Night Shelter which is an incredible amount!

For the first time, we had a combined Mothering Sunday Service with Clifford Church which was held at Cusop. After hearing about the tragic consequences of the cyclone in Mozambique, it was decided that the collection should be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee and £145 was sent to this worthy cause. 

The book stall is proving a huge success and is providing our local community and visitors with a fantastic range of books. I’m regularly updating it and it’s evident that people are regularly buying books and this is providing a steady flow of cash in the donation box. There have been numerous anonymous donations of books left up at the church and on my doorstep. Whoever you are – thank you! It’s greatly appreciated and the book stall is another way of sharing the church building with the community. We often have visitors who just like to sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity inside the church and I like to think that the book stall is an extension of this peacefulness.  There have been several occasions when I have arrived at church and found someone sitting in a pew quietly reading a book from the book stall.

Churchyard Flowers 

As you know, we no longer allow artificial flowers in the churchyard, “Fresh flowers are encouraged as the symbol of the gift of creation and the brevity of life.  Artificial flowers, e.g. silk or plastic flowers, are inappropriate”. (Diocesan churchyard regulations)  It’s wonderful how everyone has taken this on board and the PCC would like to sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you for helping to keep our churchyard beautiful and for being kind to nature.

For any further information about church activities  please contact the Churchwarden, Celia Cundale at celiacundale@aol.com or phone 01497-820396.

Poppy display approaching altar. Poppy display approaching altar.
More beautiful handmade poppies! More beautiful handmade poppies!
Poppies made from fabric. Poppies made from fabric.
Jemima Phillips, Royal Harpist, performing at Cusop Church. It was a fabulous evening's entertainment! Jemima Phillips, Royal Harpist, performing at Cusop Church. It was a fabulous evening's entertainment!
The Springfield Consort recently gave a wonderful performance at Cusop Church. The Springfield Consort recently gave a wonderful performance at Cusop Church.
Thanksgiving Tree with over a hundred messages. Thanksgiving Tree with over a hundred messages.
Taking a rubbing at our Annual Community Picnic. Taking a rubbing at our Annual Community Picnic.