St. Mary’s Monxton Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 23rd May in the church following the 11.00 a.m. service. All are welcome to hear the reports of the church during 2020, and to elect Church Council members and offices. There will be vacancies for church wardens for the coming year which leaves our parish church needing to make important decisions for its future. Current proposals to unite our six rural parishes in the present Team with Abbotts Ann, Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford will also be discussed. These last two issues are likely to have a profound effect on our parish church in the future in the way it is run and in the number of services which will take place.
We’re delighted Bishop David is able to join us and to preach in this simple 45-minute service. We shall be members of the 3 Anna Benefice congregations and 6 Portway congregations. Music will be led by the Anna Benefice musicians.
Bring a chair! (some folding chairs available)
Please book in with email@example.com – this is because we need to be socially distanced, and must limit numbers to about ten per church.
We are pleased to inform you that regular church services will resume at Easter, the first being at 11am on Good Friday and then Holy Communion at 10am on Easter Day. Following on from this there will be Morning Prayer on the 2nd Sunday and Holy Communion on the 4th Sunday of each month.
Restrictions are still currently in place and so face masks should be worn and there will be no singing as yet. Social distance needs to be maintained in church and so I would please ask that if you intend to come to either of the Easter services, you contact me as seating is limited. We would love to welcome as many as we can accommodate safely.
Christmas is going to be quite different for everyone this year and our Christmas Day 10am service is no exception. Face masks must be worn, there will be no singing and social distancing must be maintained. This means we are restricted by the number of pews we can make available. One family can occupy one of the 14 available pews or 2 individuals. It would be really helpful if you intend to come individually or as a family if you let us know in good time to avoid disappointment. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone away and we want the service to be as meaningful and enjoyable as ever. I can be contacted on 710641 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing everyone in our parish a very happy Christmas from St Mary’s
Jean Wood ‘s home-made preserves have traditionally been sold at the Open Garden Teas at the August Bank Holiday to raise funds for Monxton Church. As this could not happen this year home-madepreserves, marmalades, jams and jellies will be sold in the drive of Fourways Cottage (at the crossroads), by kind permission of Mr & Mrs McCausland on Sunday, September 20th from 12 noon until 3pm as part of the Autumn Harvest Celebration.
St Mary’s Church will be open this and subsequent Sundays for private prayer with necessary precautions put in place. The PCC has decided not to hold public worship at present, but this will be regularly reviewed as things develop.
Just to update you on the roof appeal:
So far, we have had over £9,000 in donations and we have the promise of a grant of £4,000 from the Historic Churches Trust when the work is completed. The final cost will be in excess of £20,000.
We were hoping this work would have been completed in April but for obvious reasons the contractor was unable to start. We are hoping to get work underway in September this year.
Many thanks for your support.