Dear all, well it does feel a little more like springtime doesn’t it?
There is freshness around and a feeling of sap rising (!) I think.
Although the horror in the Ukraine is deepening, it is spring over there too and we pray for them to feel that sense of hope once more. We cannot imagine, can we?
As I said, the church would donate £500 immediately to the Ukraine and I found out that JK Rowling was match funding up to £1,000,000 if we gave to her Lumos Foundation which looks after children in orphanages. In the Ukraine, they are stuck there and cannot be moved.
The Church and I received almost £500 in donations so we were able, on Friday, to send £1000 to the Foundation which has indeed been match funded. So, they have, in effect, received £2,000 already.
Just yesterday, Janet brought in a lot of toys she had beautifully knitted.
At the lunchtime baptism, we put all the knits out, put a plate beside it, as there were lots of families and children there. We just said, “Give to the Ukraine and take a knitted toy”. We raised just over £189 !!!!
One little one put one up his jumper, one in each hand and sped off. Dad put £10 in!
So, with the other donations yesterday, we now have another £643 for the Ukraine.
We are well on the way now for the next £1,000 for Medecins sans Frontieres, again already on the ground so we can help get medical needs directly to those in need.
We are well underway now for the Queens Platinum celebrations on Friday 3rd June in Torr Park and in the village for the whole of Eastham.
If you are interested in having a stall in the Marketplace area, please let me know.
Each week there will be an update but creative and innovative ideas will be gratefully received.
There will be a wonderful concert next Tuesday night at 7.00 pm at St Mary’s. The details are on the back of this update.
Please do support them as they have already made a donation towards the church so all the money raised will go towards the Ukraine.
Tomorrow night (Tuesday) is the first of the Ecumenical Lent talks and that will be at Bromborough Methodist Church at 7.00 pm.
I am away next week for a few days, my phone will be over to Sue. Trying to take a deep breath before Easter.
It was wonderful to have our Mark back, robed and celebrating Holy Communion with us yesterday
Take care everyone, let me know if you need anything
Musical date for the diary
The Highfield Chapel, directed by John Muhlemann, will be giving a concert at St Mary’s Church, Eastham at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 22 March. The choir, who serve the chapel of Highfield School in Liphook, Surrey traditionally take a tour every year. After three thwarted attempts to visit Prague (due to travel restrictions) they have decided to come to the Liverpool area and will also be singing at Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals during their stay. Their programme will include music by John Rutter, Cesar Franck and Howard Goodall. Entrance is free with voluntary donations to Ukraine.