Greetings from the Rector, August 2020

Dear friends,
As I write this the sun is shining on a beautiful Sunday morning.  We have just held our first service back in church and I’ve just had a great catch up conversation with Matt (of Cross Keys fame!)
I cannot express how delighted I have been to see people gathering safely at the church, the shop and the pub once again.  The heart of the village is once again alive with laughter and conversation.  Facebook, Youtube and Zoom are brilliant, but belly to belly, face to face wins hands down.
We are so lucky to have beautiful outside spaces where the restrictions placed on us within our buildings are cast aside.  Where we can gather safely face to face and see other people- something so vital to our mental health.
As we continue to come out of lockdown, there will be some amongst us who are naturally more cautious, and some who are continuing to shield for very good reasons, it is not an instant return to normal.
My hope, my prayer, is that the restrictions lockdown has placed upon us have opened our hearts and minds to what is truly important- our communities, our planet and the places that enable community to gather.   We are incredibly lucky to have experienced lockdown in such beautiful surroundings.
The August issue of the Telescope is normally one where we are winding down for a summer break, and, especially for our local school staff I sincerely hope that is the case.  For the rest of us, it feels more like we are coming out of one pattern of life into another- not quite like butterflies emerging but not far off.   The tireless efforts of our key workers have sustained and enabled us during lockdown, and I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.
The ordeal of lockdown is not quite over, and I sincerely hope we will not lose any more local businesses in the weeks and months ahead.  We have all adapted brilliantly to the changes forced upon us, with online school lessons and church services, and our local pubs offering take away delights so even those shielding are not excluded.
We are made for relationship with one another, and I believe, with God.  The same God who proved not even death will separate us.  Keep caring for one another, keep loving one another, it is vital that we keep what was good about lockdown as we wave an eager farewell to its restrictions.

Yours in Christ, Revd Chris.