St Hilda of Whitby is the Patron saint of Upper Hutt Anglicans. The reason why is lost in the mists of time. However, we do endeavour each year to honour our link with St Hilda and Whitby in the UK. Our tradition is to share breakfast as the St Hilda's Congregations (9am) and have one Celebratory service (10am) followed by morning tea together. That will happen again this year on Sunday 19th November.
Features of the this year's service are:
* 'Clypping' is an old English word which means 'embracing' or 'clasping' and during the patronal service, everyone is encouraged to form a circle round the Church, hold hands and so clyppe or embrace the Church. As we do this we sing the clypping hymn. It is a way of showing our thanks to God for our Church and asking God to bless it. It also reminds us that we are joined together as the community of St Hilda's, Upper Hutt.
St Hilda's, Upper Hutt church members attended the noon Good Friday service at Trentham this year. Pictured is the procession approaching the XIV (14th) Station of the Cross as they prepare to lay the crucified Jesus in His garden tomb - featured by the red blanket (left). The lady in blue acted the part of Mary, Jesus mother, and the story was told from the perspective of a Centurion (right).
Around 70 people participated in and witnessed this dramatic re-enactment entitled, 'The Way of the Cross'.