I've been having a discussion with @goodinparts on the subject of St George's Day services.
Now despite having spent approximately half my life in church-going, mostly to the C of E and Methodist churches, I have only ever once been to a service that was a "St George's Day" service. It came in that very short period in which I was a member of the cubs, and they made us all go to St Peter's Church Dunstable for a parade service. Unusually, it was a sermon that I remember something of.
The vicar preached a very well-meaning sermon, but what I remember is his reference to death. He talked about a young girl who was dying, and how she was happy in her dying because she was going to be with Jesus.
I didn't know much about Jesus. I didn't know that much, frankly, about what I now regard as Christianity. I did know that I had been dragged into the church - which I freely confess I assumed was haunted, anyway - to hear a bloke in a dress tell me about dying.
11 years I think it was, before I went to church of my own free will again.
But what do you preach on St George's Day? And why? How can you extol the virtues of St George without saying that, actually, there clearly was no dragon and dragons are only in legends? There's no theological value in St George that I can see, and obviously he's not in the Bible. And although there's a dragon in the Bible he's definitely mythologized - and just as well, as we couldn't face the reality of what it stands for.
So far I'm relieved that I've never had to lead a St George's Day parade service - and wondering what I will do if I ever have to. And wondering why we can't have a proper saint we can talk about like grown-ups: St Edmund the Confessor, for example - as our patron saint.