Parish Gallery

Slitting Mill Village Day 2010

The village of Slitting Mill gave a warm welcome to all who visited the village for this the twentieth Annual Open Day.

The church of St. John the Baptist was beautifully and imaginatively decorated to depict the theme "Music to Worship by"

The sun shone on the visitors who came to see the church and gardens which were opened this year, and everyone who came enjoyed the day. Around £2,000.00 was raised for the church funds.

"Music to Worship by"

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Contemporary arrangements


Old photographs from Stonehouse School now demolished


FIREPLACE - 'The Messiah':'For unto is a Child is Born'
Handel; to rouse us into welcoming the Christ Child.


OLD ORGAN - 'The Sound of Music':'Climb every Mountain'
Sung by Mother Superior to inspire us into oversoming life's problems.

Old organ

Traditional Air attributed to Henry VIII. This soothing melody evokes a past rural idyll.

Vestry Door

WINDOW - `The Magnificat': 'My soul doth magnify the Lord'
Charles Villiers Stanford. Mary's song on hearing from Angel Gabriel that she was to bear Jesus.


WINDOW - `Eli Jenkins Prayer'
Words Dylan Thomas Arranged by Howard Benton.

WINDOW - `Jerusalem'
Words by William Blake. Stirring music by Arthur Sullivan to remind us that we must still strive to build a Jerusalem on earth.


WINDOW - `Nimrod' [The Hunter] 'The Enigma Variations'
Haunting music by Edward Elgar to worship to.

BEAM - `Oh for the Wings of a Dove'
Words Cowper Music by Reynaldo Hahn to escape our problems.


STANDING - `In a Monastery Garden'
The epitome of all gardens; Music by Albert Ketelbey.

LEFT OF ALTAR - `Venus Bringer of Peace': 'The Planet Suite'
Gustav Holst. A prayer on all our lips.

Left of Altar
RIGHT OF ALTAR - `I Know that My Redeemer Liveth': 'The Messiah'
Handel This is an exultation of our faith.
Right of Altar
STANDING - 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'
Negro Spiritual Sung in the cotton fields to assuage their suffering.
WINDOW - `All in the April Evening I saw the Lamb of God'
Words Katherine Tynan Music Hugh Roberton Enigmatic words to link Jesus to the sacrificial lamb going 'meekly to die'.
WINDOW - `The Walk in the Paradise Garden': ' Romeo and Juliet'
Music by Frederick Delius to transport us to Eden.
WINDOW - `That'll Do': Pig in the City'
Forget the title and listen to the haunting melody.
WINDOW - `I'll Walk with God': 'The Student Prince'Sigmund Romberg. This is a promise made by all congregations.


The Influence of Music
There is evidence that the processing of patterns of sound starts while we are still in the womb. Music is vital to our emotions because it links parts of our brains in ways that no other activity can. Music conjures up an era or event when we were happy and contented or sad and regretful. The response is all. W.H. Auden summed it up with these words:
' You alone, alone imaginary song, are unable to say an existence is wrong.
And pour out your forgiveness like a wine.'
Flowers do the same.

May God grant that our hearts, our eyes and our hands may receive His inspiration enabling us to glorify His house with the beauty of the leaves and blossoms which He has created.