Edition 33 Lent 2 Week beginning 1st March 2021

Dear Friends,

I do hope people are enjoying the little book of daily readings ‘A story to live by’? If you have not
received a booklet for your household, please contact me; I still have a few left.

The four Lent groups studying ‘The Prayers of Jesus’ by Amy Boucher Pye are also underway.
Details of dates and times on the calendar. I still have 2 books (£6.00 each) which are available if
anyone would still like to join a group. Discussions in the groups I lead have certainly been very
thought-provoking, as we started with the first session, looking at ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.

Planning for the future Following the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament, the Bishop of London,
Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Coronavirus Recovery Group, said:

“I am grateful to the Prime Minister for sharing these proposals to ease the current restrictions in a
way which gives us all some clarity and enables people to begin to plan.
“We will study the details and, working with Government Departments, refine our own advice for local
churches in the weeks ahead.”

The Prime Minister’s announcement of the phased programme of lifting of restrictions between March
and June were, I’m sure, a welcome ray of sunshine after a winter of sad statistics and the ongoing
effects of lockdown. The PCCs of both St Benedict’s and St Mary’s churches will, by the time this
newsletter is printed, have voted on the proposal to resume public worship in time for Holy Week and
Easter. Restrictions on numbers and distancing according to risk assessments will still, of course,
need to be in place. I hope that those who can join worship on zoom will give priority to those who
cannot; it will be a great relief to worshippers in the latter group to be able to attend in person. That
said, I shall be publishing the programme of services in this newsletter, and I hope everyone will have
opportunity to ‘book in’ to take part in person for some of our worship services for Holy Week and
Easter between our two churches of St Benedict’s and St Mary’s.

Revd Carole Camp sends thanks to everyone for their prayers, and her recovery is proceeding well,
having left hospital and now staying with her daughter. As I mentioned in the notices, I shall be
pleased to forward any cards and letters for Carole via the vicarage.

I recently had my first vaccination, at Speedwell’s pharmacy in Apsley, and I look forward to the time
when all members of our congregations will have received theirs. May I end with the last part of
Bishop Sarah Mullally’s statement :

“As we look ahead to the prospect of easing of restrictions, we know it is still a long road. Yet Easter
reminds us we always have hope.”

With our love and prayers , Richard and Katherine.