Snippets from the PCC Meeting – 11th May 2021
The PCC’s meeting on 11th April was again held over Zoom. Among the items discussed were:
We are seeking a new verger to replace Alison Colin-Stokes. Details are here.
Marking Maureen’s retirement
Maureen’s last Sunday is 30th May and there will be services of Holy Communion at 10 am and 6.30 pm. Although numbers in church will still be limited it should be possible for all those who wish to attend either of those services to do so. Maureen will return for a Special Celebration Tea Party on Sunday 4th July – details are here.
Services from June
After Maureen’s retirement we will be supported by clergy from the local area which means that regular services should continue and be extended as the restrictions are relaxed.
There will continue to be a 10 am service every Sunday, which will normally include Communion. There will not, however, be any 8 am services. The Youth Service will be on the third Sunday of the month at 10 am. The Wednesday morning Communion will continue.
On the assumption (which may be optimistic) that we will be moving to Step 4 on the Government’s roadmap plan on 21st June and that the congregation will be able to sing from then we are planning to hold a Songs of Praise style service at 6.30 pm on Sunday 27th June.
From July there will be a 6.30 pm service twice a month – on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
The daily prayer on Facebook Live, which Maureen and Ken have been leading for the last 14 months, will not continue after the end of May.
We hope to restart Sunday School in September. It will be on the second Sunday of the month so that it does not clash with the Youth Service on the third Sunday.
St Chad’s Network
Next year marks the 1,350th anniversary of the death of St Chad. The cathedral at Lichfield, which is also dedicated to St Chad, is planning a year of solemn and joyful celebration in his honour.
The celebrations will begin with the Consecration and Unveiling of the Statue of St Chad (designed and sculpted by their Artist in Residence, Peter Walker) on 26 June 2021. This will begin at 11am with a Solemn Eucharist at Lichfield Cathedral and we hope that some from this parish will be able to attend.
The cathedral is also setting up a network of churches, schools and other institutions dedicated to St Chad to develop fellowship and links between them. We will join that network and (in the words of the Dean of Lichfield in his letter of invitation) hope that this is the beginning of an exciting association and network that would bring alive the riches of the tradition of St Chad in such a way that we honour him and continue his work of healing, faithfulness and building Christian unity and community in an imaginative way.
Pastoral care and diversion of vicarage phone
While we will not have a Vicar from 1st June pastoral care and support will still be available. The Vicarage telephone (01902 700257) will be diverted to the churchwardens who will be the first point of contact. They will either be able to deal with it themselves or refer it to someone else more appropriate.