Just for the time being, we’re continuing with our usual pattern of services during the pandemic, but are keeping this under close review. Things are changing constantly and, at the time of writing, infections are increasing apace. For this reason, we’ll be requesting those who wish to attend any service, whether fully vaccinated or not, to continue to wear a mask. The clear message from the experts is that mask wearing reduces transmission and protects others, as well as ourselves. And, if we’re to follow the 2nd Commandment, protecting others is a pretty good way of “loving your neighbour!” We’ll also continue to apply social distancing arrangements. And hand sanitiser will be available and you’re requested to use this when entering church. But I shan’t be taking bookings for now. Just turn up and sit in an available pew. And, as always, you’ll be very welcome to attend any of our services.

 On Sunday 22nd August it’s our Patronal Festival and we’ll have a special     service of Evensong at 6.30pm to celebrate the Church’s Dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sadly we won’t be serving drinks and canapés afterwards, but it will be an opportunity to focus on the amazing role of St. Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

And finally, our first Church fund-raising for 18 months got off to a very successful start, with various things for our 400 visitors to enjoy at the opening of 4 beautiful gardens in Stowey on Sunday 18th July. We raised over £1360 from the sale of home-made cakes and other goodies at Stowey Mead, plants at Dormers and drinks at Manor Farm.  At Vicarage Cottage, the ice cream stall, generously donated and manned by New Manor Farm Shop, was exceptionally busy. We’re so grateful to all who donated their, produce, time and talents to producing what’s called an exceptionally good “Visitor Experience”! Many people help to make events like this a success; we thank all who made a contribution. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden