Despite the various restrictions we still face, last month was quite a full one in the life of the church. Easter was at the very beginning of the month, and there were a number of special services in Holy Week, both in church and online. This mixture of services has continued through the month with our temporary service pattern which offers a 9am Communion service each Sunday at St Mark’s, followed by a 10.15am at Grantchester and then a Zoom service at 11.30. You are most welcome at any of these services so please let me know if you would like to come along, or if you need the Zoom link.
We have also been doing some clearing and sorting in church, trying to understand more clearly the storage needs in the vestry and other parts of church so that, when we embark on improvements, we will know exactly what is needed. So, we have cleared out a few cupboards, moved some things around and begun some minor improvements in our loo! We are continuing to look at some bigger improvements in terms of refurbishing the vestry, examining whether we could have level access into the church, enhancing the garden of remembrance in the churchyard with some renewed planting, possibly replacing the shed and we will shortly be updating the prayer and reflection boards around the churchyard. Please keep an eye on our website, or join the church mailing list (via our website) for updates and comments.
Activity continues into May and on 16th, we will be holding our Annual Meeting. This has to be an online meeting again this year, and although probably a bit shorter than in previous years, is a great opportunity to look back over the last year, to celebrate and give thanks for what we managed despite Covid, to acknowledge loss, and to take a moment to look ahead.
Annual meetings tend to be a time to focus on thanksgiving – to thank God for his faithfulness and love, but to give thanks to many people too.
I am always thankful for the many, many people who contribute to the life of our church and village but this year even more so. We have weathered, and to some extent continue to weather, the storm of Covid and I have felt supported, encouraged and cared for – and never alone. The church and local community functions because of the actions of many – some seen and some unseen – and I am delighted to be part of this. In the church we have a team made up of lay people, congregation members, people from the wider community, ordinands and Ministry Experience Scheme volunteers, clergy, churchwardens, PCC members, administrators and all sorts of people who take on other roles. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful set of people to work with, to plan with, to look forward with. I am also immensely grateful to be part of such a wonderful village community that is friendly, welcoming, active and in such a beautiful place!
It is really good, as we look back over a difficult year but as restrictions begin to ease, to be able to look back and see that there is still life and movement and activity in our church and local community and I am confident that as we move into summer and autumn, we will begin to see some things return to something that looks a bit like normal and we look forward to seeing the new ways of being emerge!