This year’s joint APCM will be held on 14 October at 7pm in St Stephen’s Church. It will be different from usual, as due to the COVID-19 restrictions we are limited to no more than 40 in the church. “Once the short legal elements of the APCM are completed, we would like to take the opportunity to spend 30 – 40 minutes hearing from you and reflecting together on the experience of the past 6 months as a church body. What have we done well as the church of God in our communities? What could we have been done better? And what do we feel we could be doing in the months ahead as we seek to serve God together? Please pray about this and please, if you are able, take this opportunity to join us.” Please remember will need to book – this also applies to all PCC members. To do this please contact Lynn Mears on 07796402169 or 01243 537190 email: email@example.com Sorry but there will be no refreshments this year.
A reminder that you can still register children and teens for the online zoom youth groups. Contact Alistair for details (07780 875837).
Understandably we are not currently able to run our usual youth groups as our young people come from various schools and year groups so we would be breaking many bubbles. But instead we’re going to continue our fun virtual online youth groups but using Zoom this time. Please note the new times and year groups. Lighthouse is 6:30pm till 7:20pm for school years 4 – 6 Solid Rock is 7:30pm till 8:20pm for school years 7+ Both groups are on the following Wednesdays: 14 October, 4 and 18 November and 2 and 16 December. You can register your child and then I’ll email you the Zoom invite link a day or two before the session. You only need to register your child’s interest once for the whole term. To register, all you need to do is to email me with your child’s name and year group. For any new young people who would like to join in, I do need a consent / registration for filled in, scanned and emailed to me.
Should you need any further info I look forward to hearing from you. Alistair Ghinn
Those who read my article last month will know that the Royal British Legion and indeed the whole world is having to adapt a lot this year so here is an outline of the changes we have had to make to our Remembrance activities.
The Remembrance Sunday service normally attracts a “full house” but involves a variety of actions that do not pass the “social distancing” test. Services at both North Mundham and Hunston will be held but those wishing to attend will have to reserve their places in the same way as they do for other services For North Mundham, call Lynn Mears on 01243 537190 and for Hunston call Joan Duberley on 01243 78780 . The services will start at 1050 on Sunday 8th and a 2 minute silence observed at 1100. The names of those who fell will be read out and wreaths laid at the War Memorials immediately following the service. If you have a place booked please remember to wear a mask. At North Mundham, there is a one way system in the church and I regret that due to social distancing, the congregation there will not be able to gather around the memorial for the wreath laying. The Royal British Legion hopes to see as many of you there as space allows.
As for the Poppy Appeal, I am sure a question many of you are asking is, where can I get my Poppy this year? I am afraid there will be no door to door collections nationwide this year but the following businesses have kindly agreed to have a tin at their checkouts: Runcton Farm Shop, Manor Nursery, the Walnut Tree, Hunston stores, North Mundham School and Brick Kiln Nursery. There will also be a tin at St Stephens. All these will be in place by Friday 23rd October but will only be able to take cash. Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, ALDI and Morrisons have all agreed to support the appeal and some will have card readers to enable donations to be “cashless”. Alternatively, you can go online to www.britishlegion.org.uk and scroll down to the banners entitled “How to Help” which includes how you can order 20 poppies free then distribute them to friends and family and ask them for a donation to the Legion. This can also be done online.
In case you hadn’t heard, I am afraid the Poppy Lunch is also a COVID casualty.
If you have any questions about the above or have any good ideas we can implement this year to raise funds then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01243 778191.
With your help we can continue to ensure that our Armed Forces community receives the support they need and deserve.
The time has come around again for the shoe box appeal. Yes, it is happening! We do have some boxes already covered, however we will require some more. Doris and myself are looking at the best way to carry it out this year due to the current situation. Please watch this space! Lynn and Doris