I do hope you are all keeping well and beginning to get out and about more (albeit with the Covid restrictions). Publication of News from the Pews has started again but I thought I would write to draw your attention to a few upcoming events.
Duncan Robb will be delighted to receive sponsorship for the Bike ‘n Hike on 12 September (07957 488456). This is a worthwhile cause as the money that goes to the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust does come back to us at times through much needed grants for essential maintenance work on the church.
The Harvest Festival service on 27 September at 11 am will be slightly different this year as instead of receiving donations inside the church we propose receiving Food Bank donations to be left in the porch. Many people are finding life difficult because of the Covid pandemic and the Food Bank is a lifeline for them. Please remember that all donations must be non-perishable.
It's early to start thinking about Christmas but the Shoe Box Appeal will need to be completed by the end of October in time for collection at the beginning of November. This is a lovely thing to do and we know that the children who receive the gifts are always so excited by them. It’s easy to forget in our land of relative plenty that many children don’t have Christmas gifts at all. Duncan Robb and Anne Stiles are the contacts for this and for further information you can visit the website https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/
This year we are also going to suspend the Nativity Scenes in the church windows because of Covid Cleaning regulations. This is very sad as we always look forward to the imaginative displays that the village organisations create. HOWEVER – why not put your own nativity scene in your window so that the whole village will be brightened by displays to enjoy in the weeks leading up to Christmas. There’s plenty of time to plan and execute your displays so let’s brighten up the winter and remember the real meaning of Christmas to help us forget Covid Summer!
We hope to see you all soon.
Liz on behalf of the PCC