All Saints News

Archbishop visits Bury St Edmunds

Our rector, David Streeter, is pictured below with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who visited Bury St Edmunds on June 5th, for a service to consecrate the Chapel of the Transfiguration, the cloisters and the crypt at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

David Streeter with the Archbishop of Canterbury

Flowers for Father's Day

Mother’s Day gives florists a busy time, and many use flowers then to express their love and thanks to their mothers, but in one church in Suffolk, a flower arrangement on Father’s Day will make clear the Rector’s gratitude and appreciation for what his father gave him, and provide a demonstration for all who see the flowers of how good fathers can be, as a positive influence on the development of their children, and how our Father in heaven loves us, as Jesus often said in the Gospels.

Flower Arrangement

As Rector of Stradbroke, I organised Flower Festivals in All Saints Church in 2007 and 2008 which many described as “The Church has never been more beautiful” and, in May, I entered the Flower Arrangement Competition at the Suffolk Show, winning third prize for my representation of “Torvill and Dean”.

Suffolk Show Flower Arrangement

Earlier that month, I followed up another of my interests, roller skating, doing “Starlight Express” at Worlingworth when the theme was musicals. I also did four arrangements in Horham Church for the visit in May of veterans of the 95th Bomb Group of the USAAF, their families and friends, three of which looked back 65 years, and one was very topical: “Beat the swine-flu virus”! I also contributed to Redlingfield’s Church Flower Festival in May, and finally put a colourful floral display in Stradbroke on the last day of the month, featuring red for Whitsun and everything else that had been on show for the previous thirty-one days.

I have joined the Church of England Flower Arrangers Association, which was founded in 1981 to help and encourage all those who tend flowers in churches and link them in fellowship and friendship. The aims are to expand interest in church flower arranging, to use talent to enrich places of worship and to use flowers as part of worship to support what theology and creation try to teach. There are branches in six dioceses elsewhere in the country, and I hopes to start one in Suffolk.

This Sunday, 21st June, the Association asks members to link with each other in the National “Chain of Flowers” and to say the Association’s prayer in their churches: “O Lord, the creator of all things of beauty, grant to those who serve you with their gifts of floral art, a sense of your maj-esty and a desire to heighten the worship of the Holy Church by the ded-icated use of their gifts. This we ask in the name of Him who, with the Father, is the Creator and Sustainer of all good things, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

This year’s Flower Festival at Stradbroke in October will be for the Harvest Festival, and will also benefit Christian Aid, and help to celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of myself and my wife, Margaret.

See the Church of England’s website for more information.

Art Exhibition and sale of pictures
in Stradboke Parish Church, May 2009

Large numbers came to All Saints Church, Stradbroke, to see nearly four hundred pictures that were on display there over six days.

Art Exhibition

A most welcome addition to this year’s exhibition was an oil painting by the late Frank Ward. He was born in Stradbroke in 1914 and died in Brighton in 1998. He exhibited in many galleries in London, including the Royal Academy, and later in Brighton. Many of his paintings were Suffolk views, given to family and friends. One such is a picture of “Brooklands”, a Stradbroke farmhouse, painted around 1950 for the Ling family. It was bought by his son, Richard, as an addition to the family’s collection of his pictures, which brought the total raised by the event for the church to £1,876.

Fashion Show, May 2009

On Thursday, 7th May, the Fashion Show, presented by Polly’s Place of Harleston, gave all those present an entertaining and colourful evening, and a bonus to the church for its funds of £204.