Penny's Piece

The week from our Administrator's Desk


Ups and downs

Hi all,

I’m loving the crisp frosty mornings until I have to scrap a ton of it off my windscreen…!

This Sunday, there will be Morning Services at 9.00am in Wootton St Lawrence, and at 10.00am in Oakley.

Coffee is still suspended, but the Confirmation and Baptism session will still go ahead.

Thank you to those who have responded to the requests for help with verging, the Sunday teams etc, that is really helpful.

However, there is always a need for additional help with the children and young people’s groups, odd bits of catering and occasional helpers generally, so it’s never too late to volunteer.

Alpha is fast approaching so think about who you might invite, escort or recommend it to.

Please let us know if you might be coming along so we can make sure we have enough food, seats etc!

If you or someone you know, might like to experiment with different ways of managing your money, please note that we are hosting a CAP Money Course in February.

More info in the Welcome Sheet.

If you are a baker, please sign up to provide a cake for one of the three weekly sessions.

We are running a short session for parents who would like their young children baptised.

If you know anyone who would like to attend, please contact the office.

The session will be in the Centre from 10.00-11.30am on Saturday 29 January, starting with coffee and pastries.

You may have spotted the new card payment device in the porch.

It’s really important that the Sunday Teams, Vergers etc know how to set this up and use it.

We will be running some training sessions in the next couple of weeks.

It is so simple that even a technophobic, luddite like me can manage it – honest!!

This coming Monday is now known as Blue Monday due to the amount of people feeling depressed.

Many have run out of money, the Christmas credit card bill has arrived, and the hype of the Festive season has ebbed away all too quickly. 

I read an interesting article this week, about how January is the very worst time to decide to give up chocolate/alcohol/meat etc and to take up running/gym/new habits.

It’s the month to regroup, to recuperate ready for the lighter evenings, green shoots etc, so that we should be spending this month relaxing, eating, and resting.

Then once the evenings get lighter, we begin to feel more invigorated and inspired to get out there and make changes.
Makes a lot of sense to me, the difference between the bright lights, anticipation and fun of Christmas and the plummet into a long month of cold, grey and dark days of January is so huge, too huge maybe? 

Perhaps on Blue Monday you could have a think about who you may know, that could do with a lift, and send that text, card or pick up the phone - it’s the little things sometimes that make the biggest difference.

I have a very exciting weekend ahead as Poppy I are going wedding dress shopping with Chloe tomorrow, and then a second attempt at a family Christmas on Sunday.

I’m not sure I have had to dust Christmas presents before…

If you are seeing family this weekend, going for a frosty walk, or just tidying up the Christmas goodies in front of the TV, have a lovely time, and stay safe and warm.

Love Px