Warden’s blog, stardate 1/5/2020 (Day 74)
Hello to all my friends from St Peter’s and further afield; and “White Rabbits” as my long departed paternal Grandmother always used to say. I hope you feel full of the Holy Spirit after lovely, moving service for Pentecost. We had well over 100 views on Facebook and others watching on YouTube. Jane and I used our television for the event, but our electronic know-how wasn’t up to it and it took a short time for us to get fully into the swing, but nevertheless enjoyed the service.
I keep feeling that we are perhaps able to see the light at the end of the tunnel in regard to getting back to some normality, however, I don’t see us in the church building for some time yet. Many of our community are in the so called vulnerable or shielding categories and these people may be a longer time from being able to physically return to church. I understand that there needs to be a plan in place for managing people in churches before we can safely re-open and that the Bishops are asking for clarity from the government over this. I don’t imagine it will be soon and it will undoubtedly be challenging for us, I think.
You will have noticed that there were real flowers in the Pentecost video. Jane arranged these after phoning and collecting them from one of our regular flower shops. She had asked for “flame” colours to fit with the Pentecost theme. After they’d been used in the video, Revd Rachel took them to Barbara, to cheer her up, as part of a pastoral visit to see her and Arthur “socially distanced” of course. We had wondered about taking them to a care home, but these places are not accepting any items as far as I can see, for fear of contamination.
Our staff had a further zoom meeting earlier this week and we seem to be linking up, to keep up to date with work, every Monday. There are all sorts of things to keep us busy and we are due to have a financial discussion soon. This is one of our challenges at the moment, with income having fallen off from people not renting the building and our casual visitors not able to donate through the pedestal.
We have been selected to be the first church visited “virtually” by Revd Liz Duvall, vicar of Hurst in Ashton-under-Lyme who is walking 300 miles in her locality as a Pilgrimage for her community and to raise church funds, but visiting places on a virtual tour between her parish and Lindisfarne. We wish her well and pray for her church and its people.
Today we commemorate The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth; this is the collect for the day:
by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary
and greeted her as the mother of the Lord:
look with favour on your lowly servants
that, with Mary, we may magnify your holy name
and rejoice to acclaim her Son our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.