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Parish magazine December 2020

Have you ever seen so many Christmas lights and decorations up this early in December? Many of us have decided to add some festive cheer to the end of this diabolical year and clambered into attics and cupboards to dust off our glitz and glitter. It certainly brings a smile to my face to see…

Parish magazine November 2020

Here we are in November, almost at the end of the year – and I’m sure we’ll be pleased to see an end to this one! We’ve been through another lockdown  – thankfully it’s almost over for us (hopefully), whilst for others it’s just about to start. It certainly is a topsy-turvy world, isn’t it!…

Parish magazine October 2020

Here we are at Harvest Festival – a time of celebration, but more muted this year as we find ourselves in a second lockdown locally! This time, it doesn’t feel quite so unsettling, maybe because we’ve been there before and also as the restrictions are a little less severe. At least we’ll still be able to…

Parish magazine September 2020

September is a time of new beginnings. In many respects, this year is no different and yet, oh so different! At last our churches are open again for worship “almost as usual”! And we’re all beginning to settle a little and adapt to this new world. The summer hasn’t been as busy as usual, although…

Parish magazine Summer 2020

Who’d have thought that we’d have a third issue completed during lockdown! We thrive on personal contact, so it’s a big challenge to share our thoughts when that contact is so drastically curtailed. And yet our lovely band of contributors continues to write and we, once again, have a Parish magazine full of news and…

Parish magazine June 2020

Here we are with a second issue of this magazine completed during lockdown! I know a few of our usual contributors met my reminder email with a sigh, wondering what they would write…. and I have to admit that I researched a few extra articles, just in case…. But I needn’t have worried, as you’ll…

Parish magazine May 2020

There was never any doubt in my mind that, during these unsettling times, we wouldn’t publish a Parish magazine. I hope you enjoy the varied contributions in this issue. There are lots of stories of what we’re all up to (and the gems we’re uncovering as we clean and sort!), an interesting commentary on isolation…

Parish magazine April 2020

So much has happened in the last month. Who could have predicted that our churches, schools, pubs, clubs, restaurants and other public venues would be closed, that we would all be at home, practising social distancing and thinking carefully about how we shop for food and other essentials. We have a whole new vocabulary – social distancing,…

Parish magazine March 2020

After a packed and busy magazine for the beginning of the year, this March issue has a gentler, more settled feel – perhaps appropriate as we are in Lent and in a time of prayer, contemplation and thoughtfulness. That’s not to say there haven’t been events and gatherings in all our churches – and lots of…

Parish magazine Lent 2020

They say that if you have 20/20 vision, your eyesight is ‘perfect’! I don’t know about ‘perfect’ but from the wide and varied contributions I’ve received for this magazine, I do know that there are lots of you that are very good at looking back and looking forward! Thank you all for your amazing contributions. Many of the articles look back at…