Standing members of the MRCCI are holding an evening of instruction at Alderson House on Wednesday 25th September at 7:00pm that is open to everyone but likely to be of greatest benefit to members of the 18°.
The structure of the evening is like a workshop in that there will be demonstrations of various elements of the ceremony, opportunities to share your own experiences and get answers to your questions about specific aspects of the ritual or its significance. Food is available at roughly 9:00pm and full details can be found on the attached document, including a booking form.
This event is expected to be popular, so please make your booking with Peter Rodwell as soon as you can.
Another perfect day greeted this event, with barely a breath of wind and dappled sunshine at every turn.
After a splendid luncheon at Alderson House a congregation of ninety made their way to All Saints Parish Church in Sherbourne for what was another rousing service. Early arrivals were rewarded by a graceful recital delivered by E&P Bro Peter Summers on the church organ before we were formally welcomed by the new Church Warden, Edward Alexander.
E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, led the service throughout: a ceremony enlivened once again by contributions from The Provincial Choir under the baton of W Bro Michael Irving. Their support for the hymns made for a wonderful noise and greater joy for all participants.
On this occasion ill-health prevented attendance by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General, District of Warwickshire, V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan J. Wellan, 33°, and also the Most Wise Sovereign of Warwickshire Chapter RC No. 483, Ill.·. Bro. H. David Butterworth, 31°, both of whom were specifically mentioned in our prayers for those who are sick or in need. As a result of their absence the IPS from Warwickshire Chapter RC No 483, Ill.·. Bro. Stephen W. Fowler, 32°, read the First Lesson and our District Recorder, Ill.·. Bro. David A. Williams, 32°, gave the Second Lesson.
The sermon from E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, was vivifying and though-provoking. His ability to encourage a congregation to relax into lowering their mental portcullis in readiness for him to introduce an alternative view is to be admired. A copy of his Sermon is attached because it makes for even better reading a second or third time.
A final hymn warmed the vocal chords of the congregation in readiness for the National Anthem before a short walk from this remarkably pretty church to the village hall for tea, cake and genial conversation. It is easy to see why this event is a staple for so many of us and hopefully you can enjoy it next year too.