My favourite month is here – October! I love the colours of Autumn, the mellowness of the season and it happens to be my birthday month – what’s not to like? Plus, at last I will receive my state pension!! I can definitely say I’m a pensioner now and that feels strange… How things have thankfully changed since I was a child and now no one acts and feels like the traditional ‘pensioner’ – or perhaps they never did? However, back to now and we continue living through the pandemic with the new rule of six. How this will work out with regards to Christmas remains to be seen but I am hopeful that most of our church seasonal activities will go ahead albeit with some different seating arrangements but more of that in the next month or two. It is hard to plan too far ahead at the moment but there may be an exciting new idea for December afoot!
This month we celebrate Harvest and to be able to accommodate safely our two church communities we are going to hopefully gather outside in the Crown pub garden and worship Cafe Church style. If you don’t know what this is, Bob and the band will lead us with some usual harvest favourite traditional and contemporary hymns while we enjoy coffee and croissants sitting in groups of no more than six and socially distanced of course. Vanda and her team at the Crown have been doing a sterling job of keeping us all safe during these last months and continue to do so. There will even be a harvest lunch on offer after the service which will need to be individually pre booked so please let Vanda know if you would like to come along. In the afternoon we are inviting those who would like to come and see our new lighting system going through its paces. We will be doing short demos throughout the afternoon and hope to be able to serve you Capel teas again at tables, pews, benches, in groups of no more than six(!) in the meanwhile. We will be taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. Oh and by the way, Joy, Betty and their flower arranging team will have decorated the church for harvest so there will be plenty to enjoy.
We will be holding our APCM this month, all churches having had to delay their meetings since the Spring and there will be a report on that next month. In the meantime though, please do join us after the morning service at St John’s on Sunday 18th October to hear about our activities in the last year and future plans for our parish. Like many other organisations, groups and business’ the last few months have had a devastating effect on our finances as a parish so October is going to be very much about how we can transform our generosity further in our regular giving. Please note that the regular giving we often talk about is for the costs of ministry in our parish; i.e. having a full time minister and associated costs. This is entirely separate to the generosity of the Friends of Capel Church, who are able to support our building maintenance and for which we are very grateful indeed.
As November approaches we will have an opportunity once again to remember those we have loved who have died in our annual service of remembrance for the bereaved. This will be especially poignant this year as we remember those whose lives were shortened by Covid 19. We will be holding two such services – one in each church so that we will be able to light candles and hear our loved one’s name once more. For the national service of remembrance a week later we will also be holding a service in both churches so please see the calendar for details. So that we can be socially distanced places in Capel Church may be limited inside but we hope to accommodate all who wish to come by a ticketed system and of course everyone will be able to join us at the part of the service which takes place around the war memorial outside at about 3.45pm. Please look out for local notices how to prebook tickets!
So we continue through this year with something like an air of uncertainty as nationally the rate of infection with this pandemic seems to be rising once more. However take heart, don’t lose your nerve, take all necessary precautions and above all do not be afraid! God promises to be with us all whenever and whatever we have to face in life. Please do use the prayer board in church for any prayer requests or let me or someone else know your needs. We are here to support everyone in our wonderful communities in any way we can. In the meantime enjoy the colours and shades of Autumn and keep safe!
With my love and prayers as ever
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