Church Family Members and Parish Friends,
hope you are all well.
A Question from Tricia and Deirdre about the shoe boxes
the wonderful 49 shoe boxes being sent off from the parish for Operation
Christmas Child, Tricia, Deirdre and I have had several messages from people who
also sent shoe boxes online.
would love to know if you did this, so we know the total figure from the parish
- of both actual and virtual boxes packed.
do let us know if you packed a shoe box online!
Refurbishment of the St. Mary's Vestry
long while ago, back in March - a couple of weeks before lockdown - we had a St.
Mary's envisioning evening when those who wanted to from the church family got
together to think & pray about turning St. Mary's into more of a community
hub. (We will also be doing this for St. Paul's - but it has got set back
currently due to the COVID-19 crisis).
were many ideas discussed that evening, most of which still need following up in
different ways, but one item everyone was in unanimous agreement about was that
it would be good to refurbish the St. Mary's vestry space and make it a better
meeting place for children on Sundays and groups during the week when we are
allowed to meet again.
PCC and standing committee have worked on plans for this and I am delighted to
let you know that - after checking all the regulations for what can and can't
happen in lockdown 2 - we have been able to progress and get this work
Mary's members: when you return to church you will find a new vestry to
celebrate - opened up into one room, with new cupboards (more suited to all our
purposes), new carpet, new paintwork and new heaters to make it a warmer room to
anyone who had items stored in this space, it has currently been emptied (with
all the items safely in the church for now). The cupboards will have spaces for
Mosaic, Messy Church, Toddlers, Refresh@10 and anyone else who already had
things in there which I don't know about! (More space than we had before) I will
be in touch with the different ministry leaders soon to talk about the next
steps from here.
different circumstances, I had hoped to chat to everyone after a service and
plan this rather more together - then lockdown 2 was announced and this wasn't
do pray for the works, that everything can happen smoothly, and that this room
can be a wonderful new ministry space for us all before too long.
opportunity to help out with providing Christmas dinners to those who will be
alone this year
year the Banstead Five churches - of which we are currently two of the 6! (a bit
confusing...) - are hoping to be able to provide Christmas meals for those in
the local community who are going to be alone this Christmas.
met as an exec and are hoping to find volunteers who are able to do some of the
following jobs (socially distanced and safely) either on Christmas Eve or
- Cooking a turkey – Christmas Eve
- Preparing and cooking of veg – Christmas
- Making up the meals and placing in the
delivery containers – Christmas Day
- Delivering the meals to the doorsteps of
those in need – Christmas Day
- Washing up – Christmas Day
All jobs would be completed at a venue
nearby still TBC apart from cooking the turkeys which will happen at people's
homes, following special hygiene guidance.
do let me know if you'd like to volunteer to help with this and I will put your
name forward to the organisers.
you'd like to know more, please do chat to me - or to Tom Ellinor (St. Paul's)
or Marian Bateman (St. Mary's) who are our Banstead Five representatives from