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THE BENEFICE OF ST. GEORGE OAKENROD AND ST. CLEMENT, SPOTLAND - October 2021

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Sorry, this is 3 weeks late but I have been waiting in order to give you any news about our vacancy, but at this moment all I am permitted to say is that Manchester Diocese's decision should be with us very soon. Sorry about that.

News from Sylvia at St. Clements

The alarm system inside church has been upgraded using the existing wiring. The old one was approx. 20 years old and some of the Church rooms did not have sensors.

We are happy to welcome back the Friday night Bridge Club. Also, welcome back to the Monday Nightery each month. It feels so nice to meet again and catch up with people. Our PCC meeting on Wednesday 22nd September was to update on different subjects of church life. Hopefully we can arrange forthcoming Morning coffees etc. Obviously, in a safe environment so people will remain confident.

From St. George’s

Thanks to everyone who came along to our bacon butties and prosecco after church on 3rd. October. Every comment I got was positive and I was asked if we could do it again. I talked it over with Sue and then I put it to the PCC. We decided to do bacon butties (sorry no prosecco!!! as the first was a special occasion to welcome everyone back) after church every alternate month. So, the next will be on Sunday 5th December. We will do as before and put the jar out for donations. After the first £45 was added to church funds so thank you everyone for your support.

It was decided at the PCC meeting on 19th to return to our full service on 24th. Responses will be said, not sung, for the time being. Communion will still be taken at the bottom of the steps; this is to prevent congestion at the altar rail and avoiding close passing to and from the altar. The PCC thinks this is the safest option at the present time. Service and hymn books will be on the cupboard, please pick up one of each and return at the end of the service. As there are 7 days between each service it is quite safe.

Unfortunately, our treasurer has given notice that he is finishing at the end of the year so we are desperately wanting his replacement. Please, please can anyone help????? It is a key position in our church as our bills (really do) have to be paid. Please see myself or Jennifer if you are able to help, we really are desperate. Thank you in anticipation. We also need a banker who is able to bank any money in the safe. For security reasons this cannot be the treasurer.

The Christmas Fair will be here before we know it. Please will everyone consider donating gifts for the tombola and the Christmas Hamper Raffle. Please ensure that donations for the tombola are unused and that the sell by date is current. If everyone brings one item a week it would be great, they can be left in the baptistery or given to myself or Jennifer. We will also want home-baked cakes but of course not before the day. Any problems please speak to your wardens. If anyone would like to help on a stall (who has not yet been asked) please contact Beryl or myself. The Christmas Fair is a major fundraising event on the calendar and funds are severely depleted after covid so please do all you can to help our church.

The fellowship will be starting again in the new year but before that Joan has arranged a Christmas Lunch at the Elephant and Castle on Thursday 9th December so, please contact her if you wish to attend.

Diary dates  

October 31st All Souls     4.30pm

November 27th Christmas Fair

December 5th Bacon Butties after church

December 9th Fellowship lunch

December 11th Retirement Choir concert

December 19th Carol Service 4.30pm there will be a collection for the Children’s Society at the service.

Well, I think that is all. When we get any news about the vacancy I will publish another newsletter, if non arrives there will be one before Christmas. Many thanks to everyone from myself and Jennifer.

Sheila.

 

 

 

THE BENEFICE OF ST. GEORGE OAKENROD AND ST. CLEMENT, SPOTLAND - September 2021

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Welcome to this month’s newsletter. We welcome returning members of both our congregations.

From Sylvia at St. Clement

After our PCC meeting on 27th July, we decided to carry out the risk assessment to enable us to fully open the Church. Eddie and Carole will carry out this and pass it on to the PCC to approve.

There was a wedding held in church on 31st July. It was nice to hear the children's choir from the bride's school who performed on the day. The flowers were so nice to see, and the Church looked lovely, and nearly back to some form of normality after so long.

There are still quite a few of the congregation who are quite anxious about returning to church. However, we have made facilities in church to accommodate them to keep safe and social distance if they prefer this until they feel confident again.

We have just had a new security alarm fitted in church as the old one was 20 years old and not fit for purpose.

Doreen will be having the first Monday Nighters group on Monday 6th September

From St. GEORGE ‘S

At our last PCC meeting we arranged diary dates until the end of the year. You will find the complete list at the end of this letter. Harvest gifts will be donated to the food bank so please bear this in mind when you are selecting your gifts.

We will be requiring people to man stalls at the Christmas Fair so please think about it and give your name s to Beryl ASAP. As funds have been depleted over the last 18 months, we desperately need to make it a success. More information about events will be given in the months ahead.

After the service on 3rd October, we will be having a welcome back gathering, when we will serve bacon baps and prosecco. To help with catering please let me know if you are able to stay for the event. (I would hate not to have enough for you all!!!)

We decided to carry on with the service as it is, for the moment and will review the situation re returning to our full service at the next PCC meeting.

As usual we are still looking for members to help clean the hall (contact Beryl) or keep the garden in order (contact Gill Holt)

There is a new group starting in the hall on the 3rd Tuesday of the month 1-3pm. COFFEE ROCKERS is intended for carers and people who live alone, but anyone is welcome. Please book your place by contacting the no. on the flyer on the notice board or contact me. (I will get the no. this week).

Alas I have still haven’t completed the coffee rota as I have had a complete week doing nothing. Very naughty of me I know. But I will get it done ASAP. But I must point out that we are using disposable cups, disposable dish cloths and the pot towels have been moved! We are NOT boiling milk and black coffee is served with milk in jugs or prepacked containers The PCC decided that for the time being we must be very careful about contamination etc. Please help us in this quest. I know it’s not as it was but for the time being it is better than nothing.

Please let me have any contributions for the next letter by 25th October. Many thanks.

Sheila

DIARY DATES

12th September                Harvest Festival - Goods for foodbank

3rd October                       Welcome back gathering after Service

31st October                     4.30pm - All Souls Service

21st November                  St. Clement ‘s Day – (No Service at St. George

27th November                 Christmas Fair

11th December                  Retirement Choir Concert

19th December                  4.30pm - Carol Concert                 

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