Church Wardens’ Message Number 12, 8 January 2021

Here is the twelfth of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

Sadly, the news regarding the Covid-19 pandemic is not good but we are sure that you are all praying that the vaccine roll-out operates well and is effective in diminishing this terrible disease. Our prayers go out for key workers, in the front line, who are giving so much for others including local medical teams and the Staff at our St Wilfrid’s School.
   Similarly, owing to the increase in the virulence of the latest Covid virus mutation, the PCC, following an instruction from the Bishop, has passed the following motion:

St Wilfrid’s PCC agrees that they cannot safely sustain public worship and therefore our churches should remain closed for services and private prayer until the present lockdown regulations are eased by the Government when the PCC will review the situation and decide how and when to restore public worship in its churches.

   Of course, this decision has been taken with a heavy heart and we look forward to opening up again as soon as it is safe to do so.
   We hope that many of you will be following our Eucharists on-line (thanks Fathers) or some of the other religious broadcasts offered by others. Presently, we are looking at ways to enhance our own on-line services and other ways that we can keep in touch at this difficult time. Hopefully, we will be able to suggest some ways in our next Message.
   To keep everyone up to date on the progress in filling the vacancy for a new rector, the PCC at the next meeting, to be held on Thursday 21st January 2021, will be concluding the formalities that we are required to pass on to the Bishop. This will then clear the way for the PCC to submit the Parish Profile that informs potential new incumbents about our churches and the Parish. At this point, the Bishop will begin the hunt for our new incumbent working with the Church Wardens. Hopefully, we will not have to wait too long for good news but appointing new incumbents is a lengthy process.
   Last week, we mentioned that Melvyn was also raising money for charity and, as promised, here are the details. Good luck Melvyn – glad you are keeping fit and well!
   On New Year’s Day parishioner Melvyn Walmsley began his solo run of 70 miles in January, following his recent 70th birthday. It’s from his home on a 1.3 miles measured course. He aims to raise £70 in sponsorship per mile for the charity Lovey Foundation (UK). This supplies the school uniform and stationery needed for the children of subsistence farmers in Bawku Municipal District, north-eastern Ghana to have a primary school education. Last year the cost per child was about £70.
   If you’d like to sponsor him, please:
Either use his online sponsor page (where you can remain anonymous and/or Gift Aid) here: 
https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/70-70run  
Or please send a cheque, payable to Lovey Foundation (UK), to: 
Lovey Foundation (UK), Flat 4 Francislea, Colwell Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EL. Together with your cheque (if you are a UK taxpayer) please enclose a completed Gift Aid Declaration, which you’ll find as a download on this web page, beneath the same photo of Melvyn in 2019 that you see to the right of this Message: https://www.loveyfoundation.org/what-we-do
   (There you’ll also find Melvyn’s daily “STOP PRESS!” progress report throughout January.)
   THANK YOU!

Keep safe and do not forget distancing, masks and hand-washing.

Arthur and Derek

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