Parish Weekly Updates – 4th October 2021

Dear all, finally back with you now.

It was an interesting experience being on annual leave and having it in the Vicarage…not the best experience (!) but my day did take another shape which was lovely.

Thanks to Sue and Jean Cullen for manning my phones and to Maureen and Mark for covering my services.

October is proving to be a very busy month.

WEDNEDAY 6th OCTOBER at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm St Mary’s. – DEANERY SYNOD SERVICE

This is the first time we are meeting for over 20 months so we thought it would be good to start with worship and some parish reflections.

Do feel free to come if you would like.


Apart from last year, this is the tenth time we have hosted this, with a coach coming from Liverpool and all the bands as well for a 1960’s Merseybeat Memorial and Celebration

Two years ago, Roy Munro came to this and loved it as he always did. It was to be the last time he ever came to church.

His was one of the first grim COVID funerals and Pete had wanted to have a Memorial for him with the 1960’s bands.

Time has passed, so I suggested we combine the two with Pete and his family and they were so enthusiastic about it so, here we go!

At 1.00 pm, on Friday 8th October, we will begin the Memorial with the names of all those who have died who were connected to the Merseybeat sound in any way.

This will be followed immediately by a family tribute to Roy read by Peter which, going by what he said about his mum Chris, should be noteworthy!

There will then be an interment of Roy’s ashes (which are with me still here in my study) to the sounds of the 1960’ s bands. How appropriate for him…

Please do come from 12.50 pm to pay your last respects and stay for as long as you want….

We usually finish about 5.00 pm though.

I am catering and you can have a glass of wine or bring your own. Please to try to support Roy’s family if you can.

All donations will go to the church.


Last night I made a difficult decision based on info from Governors, Headteachers and teachers about the massive rise in Covid cases in schools and in the parental age group (35 to 45). 

Many schools are cancelling open days etc.

It doesn’t seem appropriate therefore just to open the doors for all again just at the moment for Harvest.

We had already created an all age service for the screen etc but we will now revert back to just a harvest based communion streamed. 

Chris asks if anyone has any flowers or greenery to donate to dress the church, could they leave them in church on Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Please do bring any dried or tinned goods to be shared with my ongoing Eastham Food Hub (still very busy) and the Ark.


Nikki Matthews organised this at the Church Centre and raised over £600 which is exceptionally good. Thank you to all those who supported this.

Our services are still being very well supported, both in person and online.

I am still not sure about how the autumn will pan out – Remembrance and Christmas are still being prayed over especially given the uncertainty at the moment.

Love and prayers and all things autumnal….Bethxx