Posted by on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Under: St Peter's Week
St Peter's Festival Weekend
At the end of June we marked our church's Patronal Festival as St. Peter and St. Paul's Day falls on 29th June. On the Saturday evening "The Friends of Aylesford Church" organised another concert with The Aveley and Newham Brass Band. This year the band accepted our suggestion of music around the world and we were treated to a marvellous variety of music ranging from jaunty Mexican dance music to a wonderfully atmospheric setting of Respighi's "The Pines of Rome".
On the Sunday morning our guest preacher was Alex Clark, the young, newly appointed Director of The Family Trust, a Christian charity which goes into schools all over the Maidstone, Medway and Swale area. He challenged us to lead lives which are fruitful for God even if exhausting and cluttered. But we also rededicated our organ after it's £50,000 rewiring, clean and renovation. It was over 20 years since its last makeover, and when Michael Keays started playing it, you could feel the pews quiver - as one member of the congregation exclaimed to me delightedly afterwards! Many people had given sacrificially over the last 5 years, so it was thrilling - and quite an emotional experience - to hear the organ played at full throttle and rededicated to God.
In the Sunday afternoon we had a new event: a Family Treasure Hunt round places of interest in Aylesford. This was organised by Archie Mitchell, a secondary school student, and there was a stream of families coming in and then heading off to hunt round the village for the answers. When they came back, most of them chose to enjoy home-made jam with cream, all made by members of the Social and Fund-raising Committee.
It was an excellent weekend!
Chris van Straaten
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