The Poppy Appeal is running this year but with no door to door collections. We are asked to collect poppies and give the usual generous donations at the local shops in Lane End.
There is some disappointment within the Village that we are unable to hold the Remembrance Sunday Service this year . We are proposing therefore that we hold the traditional Act of Remembrance on November 11th outside the church in the churchyard (observing the recommended Social Distancing.)
We anticipate that this will be a simple gathering to observe the 2 minutes Silence preceded by the reading out of the names of those from the Village who gave their lives in 2 WWs followed by the placing of a wreath alongside the Field of Remembrance already in place outside the Porch. Please be there by 10.50 in time for the reading of the names prior to 11.00 o'clock 2 mins Silence.. followed by the playing of "Last Post". All are of course welcome.
The delayed formal Annual Meeting of the Church was held on the 15thOctober with the accounts for 2019 approved and your church council members elected. The Rector advised that the recruitment of another priest to join the South Chiltern group team ministry was in hand and that an additional Lay Minister is about to be licensed.
The Harvest Festival Service on 18th October was well attended with the church beautifully decorated. The large quantity of fresh produce and tins were gratefully received at the warehouse of the “One Can Trust”. They reported that harvest donations have been incredible and that during the week they delivered food for 439 people including 211 children which was nearly double the average week for people for the average week in March. Our weekly Thursday collection of produce and tins in the church porch continues and is delivered on Friday morning.
Places of worship will close as from the 5th November until the national lock down is lifted hopefully on the 2nd December. SCTM is to look at providing some form of worship on a Sunday via Zoom rather than a prerecorded service to maintain a sense of community and mutual support across the parishes.
Services for December and Christmas will be decided soon and put on the church notice board, the website and in December Cadmore End News.