THE BENEFICE OF ST. GEORGE OAKENROD AND ST. CLEMENT, SPOTLAND - February 2022
Hello friends, well here we are 2022 and things are gradually getting back to some form of normality.
News from St. Clements
A very happy and peaceful New Year to all at St. George’s from all here at St. Clement's. The Christmas coffee morning was our first real meeting since the start of the pandemic. It was nice to see people chatting and enjoying their time together. The Monday Nighters Christmas get together with a buffet and quiz was a really enjoyable evening. We start the new year with the uncertainty of what will happen when the decision has been made for St. Clements and St. George’s, we have to be optimistic. We trust this will be an agreeable arrangement to take both churches into the future.
Sylvia (P.C.C secretary)
News from St. George’s
Thanks to everyone who came and supported our Christmas Fair however they were able. We managed to raise over £1,000 for funds which are severely depleted after lockdown. We have managed to pay our Parish Share but it leaves our funds very low and the P.C.C. have had to dig into our reserves. During the coming year we MUST have fundraising events to help us recover or we will not be able to pay our Parish Share this year. The church has been extremely warm during the past few months due to a faulty thermostat. Although many have enjoyed the heat it hasn’t done the organ any good and the fuel bill for the last quarter was way over £3,000. We just cannot afford bills like this under the present circumstances, so please, instead of complaining that it is cold now that it has been sorted, please put on an extra sweater, a thicker coat, or both.
The Fellowship group will resume meeting on Monday, 7th March at 7.45pm when Gordon Emerson and a colleague from the Exchange Theatre, Manchester will entertain us with a few sketches. All are welcome. We had a record-breaking attendance at the Christmas meal at the Dog and Partridge, many thanks to Joan for doing all the arrangements, everyone enjoyed themselves.
There will be bacon butties after the service next Sunday, 13th February. The following one will be on Sunday 24t April when we celebrate St. George’s Day.
As I earlier stated fund raising events are to be arranged, so here are some dates for your diary
13th February - Bacon butties after church
26th March - Beetle drive with potato pie supper
23rd April - St. George’s Day Afternoon Tea
24th April - Bacon butties after church
8th May - APCM after church
2nd June - Jubilee Street Party
18th - June BBQ
9th July -Garden Party
There may be more dates to come but please try and make as many of these fund-raising events as possible. WE REALLY NEED YOU HELP.