Welcome to St M's!

Monday, 25 July 2016

While THOSE Mice Are Away, Tee WILL Play! Welcome to St M's Parish Church...

Welcome to the Parish of St M's and the 'Small World' that the Mice from St M's inhabit in which they will be sharing their musings, mishaps and ministry, although I should add that I will be the one attending to most of the arduous work including designing, creating, researching, the blogging and the cleaning up afterward!

However, I remain hopeful that I will get to enjoy the occasional 'hot' cup of tea and until those Mice have made their presence felt; I shall enjoy sharing a ‘little’ more about me...

The Parish of St M’s consists of (for the moment at least!) a church and parish hall in 12th scale and although both began life in kit form as simple pieces of MDF; the creation and design has been entirely my work and with my dislike for stairs and hinge brackets, the original concepts have been ‘tweaked’.

As I have always loved visiting churches, particularly those old churches that upon entering can stir up an evocative history of its’ people which remains as a public monument to their art, architecture and faith and where for centuries they have poured out their hope, joy, struggle and love; my vision has been to create an old church that captures this sense of history and yet is ever changing, a peaceful place for reflection and thanksgiving.

The Celebration of Pentecost in the Chancel of St M's Parish Church

The church has been named the Parish Church of St Margaret in honour of an English Saint who having died in France in 1192 enjoys a Feast Day on February 3 and as both my mother and mother-in-law are also called Margaret; the naming ceremony was simple.

The inspiration for St Margaret’s has come from many sources and as I spent over ten years working in and around some of the most wonderful churches and chapels that surround the market town of Malton in North Yorkshire for both the Church of England and the Methodist Church; I was rather spoilt for choice!

'In Remembrance of Me' Welcome to St M's Parish Church!

As this little church is full of items that are of personal significance, I will share the story behind some of them with you. The first being the communion table with the inscription In Remembrance of Me created by Mark and Sharon for Stockton Miniatures and although they have created other miniatures of the ecclesiastical kind for me; this remains a personal favourite as it reminds me of the wonderful table I would use in Leavening, a delightful village nestled in the shadow of the Yorkshire Wolds.


The Bible on the Reading Stand Decorated with 'Colour of the Rainbow' Ribbons and inspired by Norton Trinity Methodist Church in Norton, North Yorkshire...

You're in Christian Aid Week... Why Not Do Something?

Likewise, the simple gold cross that enjoys pride of place on the altar and the primitive wooden reading stand have been inspired by their full-size counterparts from the Church on Saville Street, a place I spent many happy years, as on any given day I could either be packing my craft tools into a plastic stacking box for Tot’s Praise or beavering away in the office preparing for a FloodZone Holiday Club amongst a jumble of papers, boxes of candles, fundraising buckets for ‘Water Aid’ or ‘Action for Children’ and the donations of cereals, pasta and biscuits which would soon be on their way to the Malton Food Bank or else I could be making a cup of tea for someone who just needed a warm drink and a friendly ear...


And on that note, I can hear that kettle boiling!
Adieu for now!
Tee

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Where There's Tee... There's Hope!

And last but by no means least, I am also the designer of St M's and the 'Small World' that the Mice from St M's inhabit in which they will be sharing their musings, mishaps and ministry from St Margaret's Miniature Church and Parish Hall.

I should add that I will be the one attending to most of the arduous work including designing, creating, researching, the blogging and the cleaning up afterward! I am also hopeful that I will get to enjoy the occasional 'hot' cup of tea now and again!

However, until these Mice make their presence felt in the very near future, I shall enjoy sharing another story with you about me...


St M's Parish consists of (for the moment at least!) a church and parish hall, both 12th scale models that have been designed and created by me.

My vision was to create an old church that captures a sense of our history and yet is ever changing.....

Never Forgotten! A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Nicole Brown Simpson...

In addition to being a peaceful place for reflection and thanksgiving... and the enjoyment of lots of cake!


The old and quaint parish hall has been created as a place for celebration and busy social interaction...

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November! A Box of Fireworks Await at St Margaret's Parish Hall...


...and one in which the human presence is keenly felt!

A Box of Toys Awaits at St M's Parish Hall...

Complimenting St Margaret's Miniature Parish Church is a Memorial Garden that has the enduring appeal of a scruffy, evergreen and restful place.

A Message from the 'Small' Parish of St M's...

It's also one of the best places in the world ('Small' or not!) in which to enjoy a cuppa!


And on that note, I shall say 'Adieu' for now..

Tee