Clergy Message for

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2021


Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of this year of 2020, what a year it has been!

Lockdown, having to stop and take life at a different pace. Learning new skills, gardening, making online services, getting to know our neighbours and helping each other.

Fear is also something we have seen and maybe felt, seeing the numbers of people getting Covid 19 and dying. What a year.

But thank you to all of you for your care and love during this time. For care of each other and the little deeds of kindness. You are a special group of people, in keeping with those in our past: we read in 1934 from Vicar Stanley White's letter in the parish magazine giving a report on and thanks regarding the organisation of a special church event ...

" I repeat here what I said at the time, that I am indeed grateful for all the splendid help rendered, and for the Happy Family Tone that exists amongst us and in our Church life. It is something to be thankful for, and to be jealously nurtured and guarded."

But how do we look at the future? Life is not going to be the same, and nor will church. We cannot expect things to go back to what they were before.

We have all moved on and changed, and so has worship. People who would normally not come into church have been participating in the online services. People are looking to the church in new ways. We have to be there for them and accessible to all. This is our last ever magazine as such but we will be continuing to provide news and information in other ways.

We are called to walk into this new year firm in our faith and full of trust in God to travel with us and protect us and give us the strength to be and do what he wants us to be and do.

To quote Vicar White in 1934 “In concluding this letter... I hope the many little Messages it has contained have been of help to our many readers.”

May I wish you all a Happy new year.

Rev Mo