Weekly Parish Update – 15th November 2021

Dear all,

We are truly being blessed by some glorious weather at the moment….

Yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday was one of the warmest and most colourful I can remember. Many people said it was the largest we have seen but I couldn’t tell from where I was.

There were 100ish in church which followed a simple Holy Communion led by Rev’d Maureen, thank you.

The Cadets did us proud as usual and it was wonderful, as their Padre, to see three of them promoted outside the lychgate. They can’t get into their own premises at the moment.

John Finan set up an outdoor PA system for me which was so needed – Thanks, John – and our buglers…well glorious as usual.

Advent is just around the corner now with Advent Sunday being 28th November.

The angels will fly in on Saturday 27th so please…any angels you can find or make would be lovely and if you want to come to an angel workshop, Simone is holding one at St Mary’s at 1.00 pm this Wednesday 17th November.  Do please come, you will be warmly welcomed!

There will be an Advent Evensong on Sunday 28th at 6.00 pm followed by port and stollen cake as is our (pre-covid) tradition!

We are having a staff meeting on Saturday morning to verify the Christmas Services.

What we have so far is:

Sunday 12th December 4.00 pm Christingle service with the baptism of Benjamin William James (Benjie) Mayles, Helena and Philip’s son. Sarah has managed to come home from Australia after all this time!

Sunday 19th December

11.00am Carol Service at St Peter’s

6:30pm Nine Lesson and Carols at St Mary’s followed by sherry and mince pies.

Christmas Eve

Midnight Mass   10.30 pm at St Mary’s

Christmas Day

Christmas Family Communion at St Mary’s at 10.00 am and at St Peter’s at 11.00 am.

The one service at the moment which is troubling me is the Crib services at 4.00 pm on Christmas Eve.

I have three options:

  1. Leave it again this year as the numbers are over 600 normally at this service…there is still too much Covid around us.
  2. Ticket the numbers (Eventbrite) and reduce it to 200 places only.
  3. Have something that people can walk through from the lychgate to the church walk around certain areas, still with the donkey and baby Jesus and the sheep?

I am getting so many enquiries all the time at the moment. A decision has to be nigh!

No one has forward about helping with Bethlehem either yet?

It will soon be time to put up our lights and brighten the dark nights.

It would be lovely to have the Salvation Army back this year. I am hoping they can do Thursday 16th December! There will not be a Christmas Craft Market this year though.

Our community Christmas tree will go up in the village at the beginning of December as well.

If you know of anyone who would like a Christmas hamper this year (with a Wiltshire Farm Foods Christmas dinner and pud) please let Jean C or I know as soon as you can.

Things will be difficult this year for a lot of people, so just let me know if we as a church can help in any way?

Much love, Bethxx