Here is the eleventh of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish
We hope that everyone was able to enjoy Christmas, at least in part probably, owing to the recently imposed restrictions. The birth of the Baby Jesus provides some hope, for all of us, in these dark times.
So, once again, we are in lock-down and have been forced, for reasons of safety, to close our two churches. Having experienced the lack of church decoration during Lent, it has been really sad that we have not really been able to enjoy the seasonal adornments that the Flower Arranging Teams create for us; Christmas day being the exception. On behalf of worshippers, may we thank those who brightened up our church for at least one day.
Similarly, not having services in our churches has meant that we are again relying on Facebook streamed Eucharists provided by our Clergy Team (10.00am on Sundays and 9.30am on Wednesdays) to ensure the great Christmastide festivals are still celebrated in our Parish. Our thanks must go to the Clergy for their efforts in “keeping the show on the road” and remind everyone that the streamed services are still available on our Facebook pages if you are not able to catch them live. Thanks Fathers David, John and Mike.
Jennifer Osborn (pictured top right) has sent us this notification to include in our weekly messages. Mental illness has become another real challenge in the “Days of Covid” and so I hope that some of you may be able to help Jennifer as she raises money for MIND. We know others are also raising monies for charity including Melvyn – watch this space for more news.
Walking into the New Year for Mind: Mrs J. Osborn
“In the middle of July 2020, I set myself a virtual challenge to try to make something positive come out of a tough year.
“I decided to walk the length of the country (virtually) from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, which is 874 miles, in the space of a year.
“This is to raise money for the mental health charity Mind and shine a light on mental illness. The impact of the pandemic will be long lasting especially on people’s mental health; an issue which is often taboo and usually invisible. Mind offer help to all those who are struggling. “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
“To date I am over halfway to Scotland and I have raised over £1,000 for this incredibly important charity.”
Thank you for your support, Mrs Jennifer Osborn.
Finally, may we wish everyone a happy and better New Year. Let us pray that the Covid19 vaccines and the continuing efforts we all making to mask up, wash hands, isolate and distance will soon reap the rewards that we all deserve.
Arthur and Derek