As there could be no service in the Great Barn on Christmas Eve this year, we decided to replace Midnight Mass with a Holy Communion service at 6 o’clock. The Revd Dick Whittington will again take the service. At the time of writing (Monday morning) we still plan to go ahead, although that may change, of course.
Please let me know if you plan to attend either by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 241632 so that we can plan for social distancing. Please remember to bring a mask. Sanitising gel and wipes are available inside the church. We hope to see you there.
Batemans Trust Charity - Reminder
As many of you know, we usually send half of the collection from the Barn service on Christmas Eve to the Batemans Trust, a tradition which was started many years ago by Geoff Lee. I would like to be able to send them something this year. If you would like to make a donation please let me have it in an envelope marked ‘Donation to the Bateman’s Trust’ (3 Cherry Orchard – the white house) and I will send the total off to them towards the end of the year. I have put their latest news) letter up in the church porch. If you are not familiar with their work in India this will give you a good idea. Their website is www.batemans.org.uk.
I hope you are all able to have a good Christmas despite the restrictions. Stay safe and keep well. Hopefully the village will be able to return to some sort of normality next year.
I have to echo Judy’s words in yesterday’s newsletter. Special thank you to all those ‘Santa’s Elves’ that left us our mulled wine and mince pies on the doorstep. What a lovely idea. At the ‘swearing in’ of the Churchwardens of the benefice last Saturday week we were asked by the Area Dean what we had to thank God for. My reply was for bringing me to this village which is so special and where I have made more friends that ever before. I hope all those who are new to the village this year will find that and be able to experience the normal village activities in the year to come.
Stay safe and well.
Pat Cook, Churchwarden.