Stoke St Gregory is a large, widely-dispersed village. The Parish Church of St Gregory is in the village centre. It is both young and old, with almost as many under sixteen year olds as over sixties. New housing is springing up and the feeling is of hope and opportunity.
We hold in our prayers those affected locally and nationally by the Coronavirus: patients, carers, families, and friends.
We pray also for Alan, Alison, Andrea, Andy, Anne & family, Anne, Aoife, Audrey (2), Barbara, Ben, Bill, Brian, Chris & Jean, Dave & family, Diane, Sally, Edna, Fred and Di, Jean, Val, Jan and Peter, Di, Diane, Eileen, George, Gill, Hannah, Helen, Janet & family, Jean, John, Joyce, Judith & David, Kay, Ken, Lorraine, Louise, Margaret, Mary, Mignon, Pam, Portia, Primrose, Ralph, Rita, Sheila, Sue & Robert, Susan, Thomas, Tom, Victoria, Zillah … ... and for their families and carers, and all those who are in need but not named. Give thanks for those who have recovered.
Prayers for our schools who are currently experiencing some cases of Covid-19.
We call to mind parishioners who have died at this time in recent years.
Elizabeth Howell, Tim Machen, Felicity Wood
14th December at 5pm in Withy Cottage, Wrantage, TA3 6DJ, home of Mary Piers. Real donkey, real stable, real mud, real food and real mulled wine. Real Good! Wear stout shoes and a hat and glvoes (and whatever else you feel is necessary).
As this festive season approaches with all of its trappings of food and gifts it is well worth reflecting on those in distressed circumstances who do not have the resources to participate in the festive cheer. At the initiative of Anne Merritt, the suggestion is that we set up a community food and toy bank, which will be overseen by the SSG Parish Council, such that those who are less fortunate and in particular children can benefit from the generosity of fellow members of the community. Donations can be left at the Shop or the Pub at any time where they will be stored prior to distribution during the week before Christmas. Toys and games of all description would be particularly appreciated, provided they are new or in in very good condition. If you wish to donate fresh produce to be delivered before Christmas this can be ordered though the shop. In anticipation of a positive response the Parish Council would like to thank all who are able to contribute.
Evensong in North Curry this Sunday evening, 21st November, will be at the earlier time of 4pm. We shall be joined by the choir In Ecclesia. It promises to be a very beautiful time of worship. In Ecclesia was founded in 1955 by a small group of church music enthusiasts whose aim was to bring part of the great choral heritage of the Church of England to the rural churches of Somerset and beyond. Originally known as the Rural Church Singers, the choir was re-named in 1995 but maintains the original aim of the choir. Please endeavour to be in your seat by 3.45pm. All welcome, of course!
We now Officially have a Vicar! Quite frankly I believe we have all felt from December 2020 that Simon has been our Vicar. Church of England Law have meant that on 17 November this came to pass and Simon is no longer Priest-in-Charge. We are truly blessed to have Simon and Louise with us.
What challenging times we have had in the Parish and Benefice over these past couple of years. Not only an Interregnum but Covid to boot. On behalf of the Churchwardens and PCC in North Curry can I say a huge thank you to all our wonderful Volunteers in the Church and indeed to the whole Community for the untiring and tremendous support you have given. We are truly grateful and it has helped enormously to keep our Church thriving and a source of comfort for one and all. We wish you a very peaceful Christmas and a contented and healthy 2022. Three words to close: God Answers Prayers!