All on the Church’s bees-ness
The connection between bees and the church is well known. There are many examples of stained glass depicting beehives, perhaps the best known being St Ambrose, and many analogies between Christian ministry and the lives of bees of which St John Chrysostom said: “The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because it labours, but because it labours for others.”
So it should not come as any surprise that many clergy in the Diocese of St Albans keep bees and make honey.
At All Saints Church in Leighton Buzzard, they have also used that other product of beehives: beeswax, to make a wax crib set. This crib set has won first prize in Bedfordshire Beekeeper’s Association’s Annual Honey Show’s beeswax model section. The crib, which was made last year, is now in All Saints. Margaret Wallace and others at the church made the models and entered them to put something gospel-related into the competition.
In the same vein, Bishop Richard recently blessed the bees at All Saints, where there are several hives belonging to the Bee Group, run by church members and including people from the wider community.