My dear friends,
If I believed in fate I could ask if I had tempted it as I asked what changes we might be contemplating. Just as we opened up our family tables, joined together the two Masses and begun discussing restoring ‘The Widows Lunch’ the Rule of Six was announced. Thankfully that only affected the latter however it highlights the need for vigilance in our care for each other by the wearing of face masks in Church as we keep to the one-way systems and practice social distancing at Public Worship.
This is a troubling time for all of us as we go about our daily lives and enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Mass together. This month is dedicated to the Holy Guardian Angels– we each have one! Here is a short prayer that may helps us as we go on into the future.
“Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love, commits me here,
ever this day/night be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule, to guide.”
Another area of life returning to some form of normality was the requirement to hold the APCM. Ange and I would like to thank those who supported us in the conduct of this in such strange circumstances; to welcome Dan to his new role as Churchwarden; and Samuel as a new member of the PCC.
Normally the first Sunday in October would see the Harvest Thanksgiving Parade. This, of course, is not possible this year. That week will still have Harvest as the School Theme and risk assessment permitting the Key Stage 2 classes visiting the Church on Wednesday morning. This year our theme is based around farming and we shall have the traditional visual aid in Church on the Sunday. As we have noted before, the traditional food donations in thanksgiving is now more complicated to
organise, so as is now custom, financial offerings are encouraged and this year these offerings will be given to support the administration of the Food Bank. We have a supply of small food bags that will be available from the day of publication (September 27th): these can be sealed so the cash or cheques are not touched for 72 hours and may be left at the front of church in the usual way.
You will see in the Monthly Kalendar there are some unorganised Mass tines and that is because God willing I shall be taking the second part of my holiday during Half Term. By the time of going to print the dates and indeed the destination for this has yet to be decided so please check the website and the weekly bulletins for any extra provision.
With my love and prayers,