Photos above: Wendy Pope and Kate Fleming with
Cross. Dr Susan Burr and Becky Fleming. Photo below
Oswald's Episcopal Church in Maybole held a flower festival at
the start of Gala Week and it was one of hospitality,
celebration, festivity and joy for the congregation of the
church and the people of the town.
Visitors came steadily through the doors from
Friday afternoon to Sunday evening ≠ to admire the flowers and
church, to enjoy hospitality in the hall, and enjoy the
exhibitions of the congregationís handiwork. The little church
has been extremely well supported in their efforts to stage the
event with arrangements by members of the congregation, and
members of Maybole Parish Church, the Baptist Church and Our
Lady & St Cuthbertís Church.
Holy Trinity, Ayr and St John's Girvan, as fellow
Episcopalians, also contributed with arrangements depicting the
liturgical seasons of the church year. The young people of the
town had a strong part to play as the Easter cross was
re-decorated by church teenagers, and the four schools in town
prepared and displayed window boxes stuffed with a rainbow of
flowers for the approach path to the church door.
A songs of praise service on Friday evening was a
time of celebration and launch, singing nine hymns to take
everyone through the seasons. Many found it strange, but fun, to
be singing In the Bleak Mid Winter on the hottest day of the
year so far! A selection of readings and poems reflected the
church year. Rector Rev Ian Meredith commented "the singing was
marvellous, I have not heard such a great swell of joyful praise
in the little church"
On Sunday morning, the church was packed as
worshippers came together from the three South Ayrshire Team
congregations and beyond to give thanks on what was Environment
Sunday symbolised by the exquisite floral arrangements
decorating every ledge and window sill, and every pew-end. The
colours and scents were a glorious experience.
Visitors included Bishop Gregor Duncan who came
down from Glasgow on both Saturday and Sunday, when he also
attended and took part in the Crossraguel open air service.
There was also a guest preacher on Sunday, Rev Anne Tomlinson,
who is the Ministry Development Officer for the diocese who in
her sermon greatly encouraged and commended the efforts of
mission shown through the festival. Members of the congregation
of St Oswald's are delighted with the support and appreciation
they received and want to thank all who contributed or went