Saturday, July 08, 2017

Bromley to Southwark - we made it!

Some photos of our Sponsored Pilgrimage from Bromley to Southwark Cathedral, a 14 mile walk through the outskirts of London. Well done to everyone that took part! 
We're off! On the train to Bromley

Our walk started by crossing the Meridien.

Golfers are obviously dangerous people...

There were suprisingly rural and unspoiled corners along the way.

Along the way we left prayer cards, with a greeting and a blessing. We hope they will be a nice surprise for people coming to worship tomorrow.

We came across a dinosaure infested park (Crystal Palace)

And we stumbled across the London Youth  Games
Trust me, from this point on the site of the Crystal Palace, you could see the Wrotham TV mast, near Seal!

Crystal Palace TV mast.

We found some lovely churches open along the way.

A break at the Dulwich Picture Gallery cafe.

We couldn't miss a photo of Theo (Theodore) under the sigh that read "God's Gift" since that's what his name means ( and exactly what he is to all of us! ) 

A lovely, welcoming modern church, built on the site of a church that had burned down. The churchwarden was delighted to see us and let us spend some time here.

We stumbled into another church's street party - they were just setting up, and offered us lunch, though we didn't have time to stay. 

A beautiful mosque
We kept seeing the Shard in the distance, which we knew was right by our journey's end. 

There's the Shard again.
Borough market , right by Southwark Cathedral 

We were warmly welcomed at Southwark Cathedral for Evensong. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Farewell to the Harveys, and Strawberry Tea

At our Patronal Festival yesterday we said thank you and farewell to the Harvey family. Nicky, Mike, David, Alice and Lucy have been part of Seal Church for many decades, but left us yesterday to move to Hadlow, where Nicky will be curate when she is ordained in September. Here are some pictures of their farewell, and the lovely cake decorated with edible photos. The afternoon saw our annual Strawberry Tea in the vicarage garden. The rain held off and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to all the events team who organised this.

An amazing photographic cake - the bottom third is a reproduction of our green altar frontal, with its lovely picture of the path leading away into the distance. 

As well as a gift of money, we gave the Harveys a picture by Pat Savage, an artist who is a member of our congregation

Seal School's Headteacher gave Nicky a gift from the governors.

Nicky, Mike, David, Alice and Lucy have all be longstanding members of the choir. 

Mike has normally been the crucifer, negotiating hazards like the chandelier with aplomb.

Cutting the cake.

Many thanks to Rosemary for organising the gift stall at the Strawberry Tea...
And to those who made and served sandwiches, cakes, strawberries and tea. 

The Alban Pilgrimage

Here are some photos from our trip to St Albans for the pilgrimage on Saturday. We had a great time, joined in the procession which told the story of St Alban as it made its way through the town, and then went to the Eucharist in the Cathedral. I had to come home after that to get ready for Sunday, but the rest of the group stayed on for Evensong and the procession to the shrine of St Albans where pilgrims lay red roses to remember Alban's courage and pray for those who might need that courage in the face of persecution themselves.