Morcott held a Songs of Praise service on 15 August 2018 to mark the Assumption of St Mary the Virgin, the church’s patron saint. Morcott has not held a ‘patronal festival’ for many years, so offering a mid-week service in August was a bit of an experiment!
Members of the congregation had previously nominated their favourite hymns, which were whittled down by Christopher and Astrid into six well-known anthems which formed the backbone of the service. These, together with a bible reading, a poem and a musical interlude from Jane Page and Astrid Hazelwood, all linked by brief words from Christopher constituted a short and celebratory service enjoyed by more than 40 people.
Afterwards, the PCC offered wine, canapes, coffee/tea and biscuits and, on yet another warm summer’s evening, people stayed for over an hour to share fellowship. Feedback has been entirely positive, and it may become an annual event.
The photo is of one of Barrowden’s statues of St Mary, which we borrowed especially for the occasion – statues not being Morcott’s style!