THE BENEFICE OF ST. GEORGE OAKENROD AND ST. CLEMENT, SPOTLAND - May 2021
Hi everyone, well here we are at the end of an era, Karen has done her last services before taking up her full-time appointment as Area Dean and Robert has left to take up his new appointment as parish priest for 3 churches in Yorkshire. Thankfully we still have Sylvia but she mustn’t be overworked and we will be having visiting priests during our interregnum. Thanks for sticking with us Sylvia. We know things must change especially after the past months of COVID, we will NOT be entitled to another full-time priest as our numbers are so low and continue to drop. Goodness knows how everything will end up but please pray for your PCCs as the fight for the best deal that can obtained under the circumstances.
Many thanks to the congregations of both churches for their donations to the leaving gifts for Karen and Robert. St. George’s gift to Robert was a black stole and Karen was given a bottle of Jura whiskey and a gift voucher for her favourite Jeweller, Sheila Fleet.
Sorry no more news for St. Clements but if you have any for future issues please send it to me.
When I read this week’s cascade news I thought whoopi coffee after church, but after contacting Freda, (PCC chair) we discovered all the precautions that would have to be taken, so no coffee until we are completely out of lockdown when we can get back to near normal, hopefully only another month away!!! I intend to arrange a coffee morning so that we can all get together for the first time.
A note from Gill Holt. Gardening has started again but we need more volunteers to help tidy up the garden after 12 months of inactivity. Please contact Gill if you are able to help. Once we have had a big tidy up it should be easier to keep neat. Also, a great thank you from the PCC to Kate and Derick Phillips who have done the mammoth job of cleaning the hall and porch, especially the porch which has had rain pouring in for months (but is now repaired)
Any questions please contact myself, Jennifer or if it is spiritual Sylvia.
If you have an item of news for the next letter please let me have it before 23rd June.