More glimpses of the High Tea at Lily Brook Gardens, Saturday 13th September.
Students of years 3 & 4 from the Mundaring Christian Collge joined us at the Church of the Epiphany for a day of remembering boys and girls 100 years ago as part of the local Church community. Activities ranged from gathering in the church to sing and pray, to the making of palm crosses, to researching scrapbooks of those 100 years, watching silent black and white films, and playing old fashioned games. We considered the naming of the Church of the Epiphany, and the journey we are on being our gift for God, rather than carrying a gift as the three wisse men did those years past. A wonderful, full, fun, exhausting day for everyone.
The weather was perfect for the latest centenary celebration of HighTea at Lily Brook Gardens, Mount Helena. The setting beneathe the trees was glorious, as were the forty plus ladies and gentlemen, displaying their finery from the 1914 era. One gent looked especially smart in his army uniform, a reminder that this year is also the centenary of the First World War. The sumptuous tea was catered for by the Mt. Helena C.W.A. to their usual high standard, and large pots of tea with not a tea bag in sight! What better finish to a lovely afternoon than a stroll through the gardens at Lily Brook.
It was back to 1914 in the Church of the Epiphany, where the Sunday service followed The Old Prayer Book format, as part of the continuing 100 years of worship celebration. The church furnitiure was orientated towards the west, with the altar placed beneath the stained glass window; the original positioning. Most in the congregation dressed according to the fashion of the day, with many women flaunting extravagant hats and dresses. Our men looked particularly splendid. Rev’d Wendy looked very smart in her black cassock and white surplice. The order of service kept to how it would have been in the early days of the church, including the choice of hymns. What better way to end the morning than to gather in the Parish Centre gardens, under the new marquees, to enjoy a lunch of soups of various choices, followed by apple pie and trifle, all helped down by a glass of red or white wine. The launching of the long awaited 100 Stories in Time book occurred at this function. It is beautifully presented and should be a great hit with all those who contributed their stories. Many, many thanks to Ann Revell, and her team of many, for the hard work and much talent which made all this such a success.