Lynn

Advent Musings

Advent Musings

As the season of Advent dawns we find ourselves once more in a period of watching and waiting as the "omicron" varient of Covid 19 reveals itself.  It feels as if the uncertainty of the pandemic has increased again and all our planning and hoping is less confident.  In the benefice, until instructed otherwise, we will continue to hold services and events "in person", taking care with ventilation and welcoming the wearing of face coverings, but not enforcing them.  Our biggest hope is that we don't return to the "no singing" rule - another Christmas with no carols would be hard to bear.

The waiting of the Advent season is very different from the waiting linked to Covid 19.  It is expectant waiting.  Not waiting to find out the results of tests and investigations, but waiting for a promised event in which we can have confidence - we just don't know when it will happen.  As we count the days we wait for our yearly reminder of the birth of Christ, our Saviour; celebrated at Christmas.  We wait too for his promised return in glory, to judge and rule the earth.  We do not know when this will be, but the assurance that it will happen may provide us with the hope we need to keep working for good, to keep faith with God and to keep living life to the full.

As we continue to take great care, let us also enjoy the freedoms of the moment and prepare to celebrate together this year.

 

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Lynn

November Remembering

November Remembering

November is the month to remember.

We have the opportunity at the very beginning of the month to remember our loved ones who have died, linking to the feast of All Souls.  This year we are offering two opportunties for people to come to church to remember, both a formal service and an open time to "just be".  Many people have been bereaved in the last eighteen months or so, and some are still grieving for time they were not able to spend with a loved on at the end of their life, or for a funeral that was struck by the regulations.  If you know someone in this situation please encourage them to come along, it might help a little with their journey.

As we have in the past we join with the Nation on Remembrance Sunday to keep the tradition of holding in mind all those who have given their lives in the service of our country.  We hope to be able to hold services "in person" this year, but also to share the Brooke service on Zoom for those who would rather stay at home.

Amazingly the last Sunday of the month takes us into Advent - the beginning of a new church year.  We will be marking this with a special evening service.  Keep an eye out as details of our plans to celebrate the feast of Christmas begin to emerge.

 

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Lynn

Cecil says......

Cecil says......

.....come and try my summer Churchyard Trail.

Cecil the caterpillar has laid a trail in the churchyard at Brooke and is inviting children and families (and anyone else) to come and explore during the month of August.  You can pick up a trail sheet in the church porch and then make your way through the churchyard looking for clues.  There's a sheet for Key Stage One children, and a more challenging one for Key Stage Two youngsters.  If you fill in your name and contact details you can enter our prize draw.  There will be two lucky winners at the end of the month.

We look forward to welcoming you along.

 

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Lynn

Strawberries......and Raindrops

Strawberries......and Raindrops

The afternoon of 10th July saw an optimistic group gather in Maureen's beautiful garden for a strawberry tea.  Groups of six were gathered around beautifully laid tables, with much excitement as people greeted one another after such a long time of being unable to socialise.  Raffle tickets were on offer, the tea was brewing and bowls of shiny red strawberries were being delivered....when......the heavens opened!  Not to be deterred, the umbrellas were unfolded and all carried on with much laughter and companionable chat.  Strawberries were followed by a selection of delicious home made cakes.  The afternoon raised over £200 for St Peter's funds.

Thank you to all who organised, baked and served.  We hope that everyone has dried out by now.  Well done for making the most of the afternoon despite the English weather.

 

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