Monthly News from our Churchwardens
The Parish has started the New Year in what is now known as a period of Transition, as we are without a Parish Priest until a new one can be appointed. We are very fortunate in having three loyal retired priests who are always willing to come and take our services and are there for us, they are all very much involved in our parish life, for which we are extremely grateful.
We have not opened our churches since Christmas as we felt, with so many vulnerable people involved it was safer to stay at home. We are fortunate that there is a lot on offer both online and through the media that people are given the opportunity to join worship by one means or another. We continue to send out a weekly newsletter, which keeps our parish members in touch and the phones are red hot most of the time with all those keeping in touch by phone. Many have mastered the art of technology and are using What’s App and other means to see their family and friends, albeit live on a phone or computer screen. The Pastoral Team regularly keep in touch with those who would normally receive Home Communion.
Despite us having experienced the effects of Lockdown it is a very different time to when we started Lockdown 1 last March, when we were already into Spring and looking forward to the Summer months, which thankfully for us here in Cornwall were mostly long sunny days and people could get out in their gardens or enjoy walks in the sunshine. January has been a dismal month weather wise, shorter hours of daylight and most of them wet or at best very grey. Still, we are blessed that we have not had snow or floods to contend with and we all have warm homes so we look forward with hope now that many people are receiving the vaccine, that this will help see a brighter time ahead for all.
Zoom has become, for many, an everyday word now and some in the parish have joined in with services in this way. We had our own service of 5 Lessons and Carols just before Christmas which those attending were pleased to be a part of and to actually see people on screen that they had not seen since before March. We are hopeful that now Barrie and Nick are into producing a Zoom service with such a good result, we may have another service in the near future. Grateful thanks go to them both and to Jean for the Power Point.
The Par Churches Together Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was by Zoom too, and was led by John Diaper, Fr Michael Brandon was the speaker. The service for 2021 had been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The Community has its origins in Europe in the 1930s, when a group of women of the Reformed tradition sought to rediscover the importance of silence and listening to the Word of God. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, was based on John 15:1-17 and expressed the Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
We now go into the month of February when the spring flowers begin to appear, some have bravely done so already bringing cheer into dull winter days. Take care everyone and remember the government’s advice to STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES.