Spring is definitely on its way, with the birds singing and the little spring flowers of field and hedgerow starting to show their faces; and with the arrival of Spring, we can look forward to Easter. At the time of writing, mid-February, we have no idea whether live services will have resumed in Stowey Church by April. We hope we can start again around Easter, but there are no guarantees. The clear advice from the Diocese of Bath and Wells is that services should be held electronically for the time being.

But live services will resume; please keep looking at the website for the latest information. The address is www.stoweychurch.com We also have a Facebook presence. Although the first evidence of dedication of the present church building dates from 1235, we’re “modern” in some respects!

We’ve had a couple of Zoom services so far and we’re fine tuning how they’re delivered. Rev’d Charles Roberts took our service on the first Sunday in February, when sadly, we lost a third of the congregation due to internet problems! When we were able to start, albeit with a reduced congregation, we were rewarded by having a lovely service, with a number of different people doing readings, Dr Andrew Day playing his organ from home and Charles taking the service from his home. We’re very grateful to Charles and to Andrew for making it such an excellent Evensong.

Jean, our organist, is progressing well after her hip replacement and we send her our very best wishes and look forward to welcoming her back to the organ stool!

Remember, if you’d like to attend our Zoom services, you’re very welcome; you just need to contact me or Sue Skinner. Our email addresses are on the website and mine is at the back of the magazine.

Let’s all look forward to hearing brighter news next month.

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden