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Letter from The Vicarage

Dear Friends,

I’m writing on behalf of all “the team” at St Peter and St Paul’s to tell you about our arrangements for services in the next month. We hope that everyone will stay safe and well and we look forward to meeting together again in Church as soon as we’re allowed. 

This comes with the order of service for Remembrance Sunday, which was already prepared. There is also a short reflection from Rev. Dr. Howard Mellor, who would have been giving the address. As you know, tickets were issued but they are no long in force. A short simple ceremony is allowed at the war memorial but unless you have a specific role you should stay at home or in your garden to remember. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of us all but government regulations make it clear that we must discourage anyone from going to the memorial unless they have a role there. The church bell will toll at 11.0am to mark the beginning of the 2 minute silence and another bell will signal the end of the 2 minutes. We’re all sorry about this but we must do as we’re told! We believe happier times will come.

In addition, we’re sending again the short services for Morning and Evening Prayers which we sent out during the first lockdown which we know many of you appreciated.

On the remaining Sundays in November, a simple order of service with hymns, prayers, readings and a reflection will be sent to you either by email or letter. If anyone wishes to use the Church for private prayer, please contact either me or Janet and we’ll happily open the building for you. It isn’t as if we shall be going very far so please don’t think it would be an imposition!

Raffle tickets for our Grand Christmas Draw continue to be available from Louise Causer and there really are some lovely prizes so please support us!
Similarly, our Christmas cards are available in both the shops and from Sandie Pepperell. Phone 389364 Phone388021

We shall miss seeing you each week but we can still be united in Prayer and worship at home. The Archbishops are asking us to use this time to pray for an end to this pandemic and for hope and peace to increase everywhere. Let’s do that and think of the great blessing that such an outcome would be for all people.
Please remember,too, to pray for Richard’s chest infection to heal. He joins us in sending prayers, good wishes and good cheer to you. 

Joan, Janet, Richard, Sabine and Howard.

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