Vicar's Update

Tuesday 22nd February

I hope you are well and kept safe from the recent storms.  As far as we can see, the Church building has remained intact but we are aware of fairly urgent work needed to repair the long term weathering of the cupola on top of the church.
It was so good to see many more people in church at both services on Sunday with many staying around afterwards to talk to others – it really does feel as though things are at last getting back to something which feels more ‘normal.’
Yesterday you will have heard that the Prime Minister announced the ending of formal Covid restrictions and isolation rules.   As a result we will no longer request people to wear face coverings at any point in church but of course you may wish to continue to do so.  We are aware that many people remain cautious about a return to receiving Communion wine from a common cup and so for now we will continue to just receive the bread.  We will also retain the socially distanced sharing of the Peace.
On Sunday we resumed our series on looking at the Big Themes of the Bible. Caroline Newbold helped us to think about how God sent His Holy Spirit to empower us and to help us to live in Community.  You can catch up here.  Next Sunday we will conclude the series as Ian Jamieson talks from the book of Revelation about Hope and Home.  
Our monthly Prayer Meeting is next Tuesday 1st March at 8pm in Church – do join us as we commit our church life to the Lord.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 2nd March.  We will mark the day with an in person Communion Service in Church at 10am during which there will be an opportunity to be marked with ash on your forehead.  On Ash Wednesday evening (and every Wednesday during Lent) we will hold Stations of the Cross at 8pm on Zoom – let me know if you would like the joining details.    Details of our Lent appeal will be shared next week.
Have a good week.