A Message from the Wardens – 18th June 2021

Dear Friends,

Although the further relaxation of the Coved rules has been postponed, we are still permitted to do more under the current restrictions. We have really missed our children and families so it is good to be able to share plans from the children’s leaders to gradually re-introduce activities for them:

“We propose to re-start children’s work from the start of July, so the children and young people can meet for 2 or 3 sessions on a Sunday morning before the summer holidays. This will enable the younger children who have not met since March 2020 to become familiar with the church environment and children’s leaders before the summer, which will help encourage them back to church.

If possible we will meet outdoors – one group on each half of the grassed area at the back of the hall. If the weather is poor, the groups will meet indoors and will use the hall and lounge to maximise social distancing. Mel Camateras and Liz Hardie will carry out a COVID risk assessment before meeting which will include arrangements for enhanced cleaning.”

Please pray for all our young people and their leaders.

On Monday evening the PCC spent time discussing the re-opening of the hall. It was agreed to start by opening up to youth and children’s groups with a combination of indoor and outdoor meetings for our Sunday groups, Soulroots, Guides and Wednesday Toddler Group, hopefully from 21st June, once the risk assessment has been approved.

Another item on the agenda was the extension to the memory garden. There was an on-site meeting with the architect and 5 members of the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) on 27th March. We had hoped that this would lead to us being able to move on to the next stage of appointing someone to do the work but the DAC members decided that the plans were too formal for the setting we have. There has been a further on- site meeting with the architect and a landscape designer and we are now waiting again. Frustrating to say the least!

PCC decided to renew the Zoom licence until the end of July and then review it again so for the time being after church coffee and chat will continue online. Details available from the Wardens.

As promised in last week’s letter Ian has provided details of how we can make a gift when we have our Thanksgiving Gift Day on 27th June. Again, these details are available from the Wardens.

The money given will be shared between the work in the Diocese through the common fund and David Kereto’s work in Kenya.

Thank you all for your love and support.

We have just returned from a couple of days away and really appreciated the break. On Saturday we are off to Rotherham for a training morning for new churchwardens.

With love from Ann & James.