Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday
During the nine days between Ascension Day and Pentecost some Christians in Abingdon did something special to mark the time. (Ascension Day celebrates Jesus going to heaven and Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit came down to empower the early disciples.)

The people of Peachcroft Church took part in the Pentecost Colouring Project and made this video. The project brought together 55 different households, joining to form bigger pictures on the theme of Pentecost. The pictures can now be seen in the church windows.
Pentecost Sunday
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a term in the bible that sums up the nine attributes of living in accord with the Holy Spirit. The thought for the day put together by the Abingdon-on-Thames Parish over nine days featured those nine attributes.
Pentecost Sunday
There was a virtual prayer room Thy Kingdom Come – Abingdon (May 2020) where people signed up for every hour through the ten days leading up to Pentecost.

I got a slot at 3am on Saturday 30th May and 4am on Saturday 31st May, and took a video of a prayer candle and of the dawn on Pentecost Sunday.

2 Comments June 1, 2020

Abingdon Zoo Day

Abingdon Zoo
Lots of animals could be seen round Abingdon today. There were crocodiles and pigeons…
Abingdon Zoo
and a large cow among the menagerie in West St Helen Street.
Abingdon Zoo
In East St Helen Street there were Polar Bears,
Abingdon Zoo
a Giraffe,
Abingdon Zoo
and a Toucan among other species.
Abingdon Zoo
In Parsons Mead, there was a lego model of the County Hall built by one of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.
Abingdon Zoo
The Ock Street Ox was there as part of the Abingdon Zoo Day. The notice beside it says that the Mayor of Ock Street ceremony will be back in June 2021.

It was not possible to get round all Abingdon, especially as I had to go to work in the afternoon. Our next door neighbour remarked, it goes to show how amazingly artistic the people of Abingdon are

Leave a Comment May 31, 2020

Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station

Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
A snake of painted pebbles has grown and grown on the grass outside Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station.
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
The grass has dried out under the blue skies during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

In the last fortnight the snake has grown, going round and round and round, with the help of lots of unseen artists – there must be 500 or more.

2 Comments May 30, 2020

Why no Ducklings?

Why no Ducklings
One thing has been puzzling us on our lockdown walks. Why have we not seen any ducklings on the River Ock and the millstream

Somebody tonight told us that in the last two years mink have become so rife that they are eating the ducklings, and the young of other native species.

12 Comments May 29, 2020

Celebration of Carers is ending its spot on Thursday at 8pm. Next up ….

Last applause
In West St Helen Street there was a good turn out for the final Thursday 8 PM celebration of carers. Every Thursday people are encouraged onto the doorsteps by a member of the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band with a drum

In Thesiger Road, George Haslam has been playing the clarinet on Thursdays at 8pm, and on this final week he appeared with a saxophone to play Over the Rainbow.

There will be other ways to show our appreciation to carers like making sure they are paid fittingly for their heroic efforts in future.
Last applause
We can also find new ways to come together as a community. One such is Abingdon Zoo Day this coming Sunday.

1 Comment May 28, 2020

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