Yes! It certainly was a different Christmas, but was it really that bad?



Some happy young faces after the Crib Service at Sutton Church on Christmas Eve

In some respects, it has been a difficult Christmas in as much that we could not follow exactly, our normal programme. But looking back on what we did achieve, I thought we did quite well under the circumstances. Maybe the numbers attending were down a little, perhaps due to nervousness in being with others, but in the main, everyone joined in and enjoyed our re-arranged programme. We were well supported by our Retired Priest Friends and the Lay Team did a superb job. The only service we really had to miss which is usually our best attended Christmas Service, the Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve, but I'm sure it will be back in the programme next year with the Rev Alex. This will certainly be a Christmas we won't forget in a hurry!


On the Home front of course, being in Tier 4 meant many Families could not get together in the usual way but Mr Zoom and his team did an excellent job keeping us all virtually together. But present un-wrapping with grand children will never be the same, I hope! For a start there was less piles of paper and wrappings to clear up afterwards but I think the effect was the same as if they were in the room with us!


Now onwards and upwards into the New Year, the year of the JAB and hopefully the demise of the Covid Virus. But it's going to be a long job with 62M people receiving two injections, the most likely course of action, so we need to keep supporting our NHS, our Doctors and their Surgery Staff, and of course follow the Government guide lines issued whether we like them or not, and hopefully everything may return to some sort of NORMALITY. Of course the Government don't tell you to pray, but it's something we can all do, we don't need to tell you how to do that so a few minutes of prayer a day may well help the situation!


Now into January with some service information and this will be updated next week when more information is available and it will be available on this page and our Facebook page. At the moment, the only service we can tell you about for certain is next Sunday, January 3rd. We are still not able of course, to re-start the Family and Friends Service on the first Sunday, so we will revert to a Service of the Word led by the Lay Team at the usual time, 10.30am. There is also a Service of Holy Communion at Cockayne Hatley Church at 9am, with the Rev Gillian Orpin. It is likely that the following two Sundays will be Holy Communion in St Mary's Church with a Retired Member of the Clergy.


Finally, we are sad to announce the death of a long serving member of St Mary's, Beryl Goodship. Beryl had been a fundraiser for the Children's Society for many years, working with the late Eric Jakes MBE, and between them over the years, raised hundreds of pounds for this worthwhile charity. Beryl's Funeral will take place at St Mary's Church at 2pm on Friday January 8th. Please note: There will be a limit of 30 people allowed to attend.



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