2020 July to December in the churches
July would have started with a special service and a party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Peter's Ordination. That will have to wait as both churches are closed for Public Worship due to Covid-19. The Order of Service for worship on the Sunday after the Feast of St Thomas included this topical cartoon (source unknown).
July saw Church Magazines back in printed form after two months when they were only available on-line. We have posted 70 to people on church lists who are not currently subscribers. It is a useful way of keeping in touch, and we hope for some new subscriptions.
Ceiling work continued in St Edmund's. In week 5 the painters finished the ceiling, we looked at the remains of the old organ loft, and a blackbird has nested in our quiet porch. The work was completed in week 6. Geoff's progress report for weeks 5 and 6 are here.
Week 7 saw more cleaning and painting. One major job was the heating ducts - we even found some pre-decimal coins! The full report is here.
St Matthew's was open for Prayer and Quiet three afternoons a week with a steady flow of people. New noticeboards were erected - the end of laminating posters and the staple gun. Our first service was Ian's funeral on Monday 13 July. When we locked the church after Evensong on Sunday 15 March, we didn't think it would be four months before we reopened the building. At the end of that week we caught a glimpse of our church as Gardener's World visited the hydrangea garden in Darley Park.
We had a service of Communion at St Matthew's on Sunday 19 July. Just 23 of us, but it was good to be back.
JACK at St Edmund's met on zoom and made bunting based on the Parable of the Sower.
At the end of the summer term, St Edmund's Pre-school used the Vicarage garden for their end of year farewell and Peter went to Walter Evans to say goodbye to the Year 6s as they moved up. We held another service of Communion at St Matthew's on Sunday 26 July, with 30 in the congregation. On Monday 27 July School's Out started their Holiday Scheme in the Church Hall, and Caroline (our church administrator) was back in the Office.
A lot of hard work went into getting St Edmund's ready for worship. Here is the final report - huge thanks to everyone involved.