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We thought that we’d open up the church website to comments, stories and events within the village during this lock-down period, and if it works well, then we might even keep it in a different form after that nasty little microbe has gone.
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That’s all, but we could add more in the light of experience
Some years are
more memorable than others! For
different reasons we may remember certain years – the date, the time, the place
and what happened to make it so memorable.
I can vividly remember the year and day of my ninth birthday; can
visualise the light at the top of the stairs when my mum brought my birthday
cards up to the bedroom that I shared with my sister, and can still recall a
couple of my birthday cards. I don’t know why that particular day sticks in my
mind but I can still conjure up the feeling of happiness on that day, at that
I wonder whether
2020 will stick in our minds. The ‘year
of the virus!’ The year when people
stopped shaking hands but, hopefully, didn’t stop smiling at each other, didn’t
stop chatting with one another; didn’t stop caring about one another. This was the time when people actually
exchanged blows in a supermarket over a pack, or several packs, of toilet
rolls. Hard to believe that this happened, but when people are anxious or
afraid, this is what can happen.
We all feel
anxious at times. We worry about getting older – will I cope? – will I be able
to drive? – will I be able to remember things? -will I even remember who I am?
If, by any chance,
you have any of these fears, then I issue a challenge to you. Actually, the
challenge comes from George, Uncle Sam and Idris, of Little Dragons fame. They challenge you to come along to a Little
Dragons session – Tuesday, during term time, from 10:00am to 11:30am. The sight of our Little Dragons driving up
and down the aisle; sticking shapes, or better still, brightly shining glitter;
waving a paint brush vaguely in the direction of a piece of paper, will maybe bring
all kinds of memories back to you, perhaps freshening up your own childhood
memories or activities enjoyed many moons ago and may also bring pleasure to
you an otherwise dull day. (We also have coffee and tea to hand!)
We look forward to seeing you. Every good wish, Val
Best wishes from we three: – George,
Those of you who use ‘Facebook‘ may have seen my candle.
Each day I receive up to 40 ‘likes’ and I am presuming that those who respond have noticed that I change the text each day – e.g. Let your light shine forth! – The light of the world! – This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!. The responses come from many places in the world and are from Christian, Muslims and some without a faith, illustrating that many, of whatever persuasion (or none), are seeking comfort and hope in the light of the world.
I managed to upload Sheila and Roy’s photograph on Sunday showing the candle to the forefront of St. George’s in the early evening light. You can see it below.
Many of you have indicated that you are also lighting candles in your windows at 7:00pm and it is heart-warming to think of so many candles shining out into our struggling world; accompanied today by a prayer sent by Kathryn Darby, who received it from a friend in Belfast.
Dear Lord, I pray that You will lead us all safely by the hand through this dark tunnel and out into the sunshine of renewed life. Amen.
We ask for God’s blessing on each one of us and on those whom we love.
Here’s a thought. There must be some kind of shelf life or use by date, for the beer in our pubs, and it seems to me to be a waste of good beer and a loss for our publicans. Is there a way in which the beer and cider can be bottled or provided so that we can buy it for use at home?
My nearest local is the Horseshoes, and I know that Theresa and Jeff have a very nice Merlot, and I’d be happy to take a case of that off their hands. Pay by BACS, or post a cheque. And I’d take some beer and cider, if it is bottled or in usable cask. I bet there others too, who would do so. In a small way it might help their income too. I think there are volunteers who would deliver it to those of us in isolation.
These are businesses in the village which we ought not to lose.
This post can also be an offer to all our local businesses, that you can use this site to advertise your services within the government’s constraints.
song at Little Dragons is, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!’ We
clap hands, stamp feet, nod heads, stand up – sit down, stand up and turn around’,
although I must say that the last two are usually only carried out by myself,
the Little Dragons, and maybe a couple of Senior Dragons. It is noted that some Senior Dragons and most
Carers remain seated – cowards! It must
be admitted that they continue to sing, which is perhaps a good idea as those
of us who are leaping up and down don’t always have enough breath left to utter
I find it
interesting that, in this life (and not talking about Little Dragon sessions
now), some people find joining in very hard.
They may hold back on the periphery of a group because they feel unable
to join in, perhaps because they lack confidence or feel that others may accuse
them of being pushy, or maybe they just don’t want to be part of a group and
prefer to be watchers from the side-lines.
Whoever we are
and whatever our preferences, I am certain that there is always some joy to be
found in each day either alone or in a group situation, even if sometimes we
have to search very hard to find it.
Yesterday, as I popped out to put the mop and bucket in the garage –
yes, I do occasionally hurl a mop round the kitchen floor – I spotted a small
bunch of crocuses, gleaming gold in an otherwise dull day. The sight of them lifted my spirits and
filled me with joy. A small instance but proof that joy is there if we are
ready to see it.
Each week at
Little Dragons we experience joy in observing our little people going about
their busy lives. It’s not always as
easy to find joy on other days – but it can be done if we try hard.
As it may have
said in your School Report. ‘Must try
harder!’ Go on! You’re worth it!
wishes from we three: – George,
writing: Busy, busy, busy! Uncle Sam, Idris and myself have been so
very, very busy during the past weeks.
All the Senior Dragons have very involved in doing things in church, all
helping each other to keep things moving as they should over Christmas and
something called The New Year, organising Services, parties and starting the
new term at Little Dragons, so we three have had to keep our eye on things.
secret spy spot, we have seen lots of people come into church and many of them
have lit candles and had a quiet little sit down near the candles; some have
just had a walk round and seem to have enjoyed the quietness. We heard one lady say how peaceful it felt
just to sit for a few minutes quietly on one of the wooden seats.
We have also
heard lots of wonderful singing; some of it from lots of people sitting on the
wooden seats and some from the bunch known as the choir. They have all been quite sad for a few weeks
but have really worked at their singing and we heard them saying that they
wanted to do really well – for Jack!
They are working hard, practising lots of songs, probably to keep
themselves cheerful and to have some songs ready for the things they call
All in all,
everyone seems to be really busy keeping the church nice and comfortable for
anyone who comes in. We keep hearing
them say, ‘Won’t it be nice when we have appointed!’ ….. whatever that might
meantime, we three, will continue to keep our eye on things. This is a pretty special place to be and we
feel very lucky to be part of this St. George’s place.
wishes from we three: – George, Uncle Sam and Idris.
Here we are again. We have enjoyed the Christmas Tree Festival,
Christingle, Service of Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when we sang and were glad of the Good News of the birth of a special baby.
Here we are in
a New Year, 2020. In the past year we have had several special babies who are
growing into Little Dragons – in the best sense of the word. We love to see these very tiny babes growing
week by week as they come along to our sessions. It will seem as quick as the flash of an eye until
they are sitting up, joining in the singing using their own special language,
crawling then toddling up and down the central aisle or the West End Room and Children’s
Corner. Quite unsettling for we Senior
Dragons if we stop to count how many babies we have helped to nurture from 0 to
almost 5. It gives one quite a shock when we realise that some of our first
Little Dragons are now sixteen years of age.
passes and we look forward to a wonderful, happy and fulfilling New Year – and
– God willing – the appointment of a new Rector to keep us all in order! Now, there’s a thought!
you every good wish for the New Year and for many years to come, Val
P.S. Also from we three: – George, Uncle Sam and Idris.
Here we are
again. Christmas Tree Festival to enjoy,
Christingle, Service of Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day where we can sing and be
glad of the Good News of the birth of a special baby.
This year we
have had several special babies who are growing into Little Dragons – in the
best sense of the word. We love to see
these very tiny babes growing week by week as they come along to our
sessions. It will seem as quick as the flash
of an eye before they are sitting up, joining in the singing using their own
special language , crawling then toddling
up and down the central aisle or the West End Room and Children’s Corner. Quite unsettling for we Senior Dragons if we
stop to count how many babies we have helped to nurture from 0 to almost 5. It
gives one quite a shock when we realise that some of our first Little Dragons
are now sixteen years of age.
already, with smell of woodsmoke in the air. Where did Autumn go, where did
Summer go? The months rush by so quickly
and here we are again half-way through the Autumn term and thinking ahead to Christmas. The older members of our Little Dragons seem
to have grown enormously and have already registered for primary school next
year. All the babes-in-arms have
suddenly turned into crawlers and toddlers
— and all the Senior Dragons
are wondering how long their knees will hold up.
morning today: a sudden rush of little boys who all seemed to want the same
fire engine! How hard it is to learn to share and take one’s turn! It isn’t an easy task, but eventually
realisation comes and ‘turn and turn about’ becomes the order of the day –
hopefully! Although one does meet adults
at times who have never learned the very valuable art of sharing with others.
We won’t examine this further – best to draw a veil over it rather that dig
A reminder of Harvest Celebrations in our craft today involving making scarecrows from tubes of paper plus head, arms and legs. We had our very own scarecrow to oversee the activity and she/he/it looked to be very happy watching our little people busy about their tasks with varying levels of concentration.
After such a
busy morning I know several Senior Dragons who will be nodding off in the chair
during the afternoon. Sweet dreams!
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