A letter to parents
At this time of year there is usually a bustle of Christmas Fairs, Nativity Plays and seasonal parties. However, 2020 is a rather different affair with a national lockdown throughout November and local tier 2 restrictions running up to Christmas.
At St Oswald’s we are trying our best to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. Restricted services have restarted (see Calendar for details) and we held a successful Christingle service on zoom on the first Sunday of Advent.
Praise & Play
As the Autumn term progressed, it became clear that the best way to support our Praise & Play families was through the free Home Activity Pack which I delivered to everyone on my contact list with the help of Nicola.
I have also posted various videos in the P&P Facebook Group online for those who do FB.
Christmas Party – as we are unable to have our usual Christmas visit from Santa in person, I have arranged a zoom visit instead. This will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 15th December. If you would like to participate, please email Bev and get yourself onto Santa’s List! (contact details at bottom of this post).
Moving into 2021 – Some good news! We are planning on restarting a limited Praise & Play session on Tuesday mornings in the form of a Support Group for New Mums. This will run at the usual time of 9.30 to 11.30am beginning on 12th January. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, it will be exclusively for children under 1yr, plus their parent/carer. We hope to provide a friendly venue for new mums to socialise and meet others in the same situation. Please bring your own travel cup and baby toys. [Covid rules will apply]
Unfortunately, we are unable to have any activities for children over 1yr at the present time, but we shall continue to deliver Activity Packs for the Pre-school children during the Spring term. We sincerely hope that we will be able to restart P&P fully after Easter, a whole year since we were last together in the church!
Our after school ‘Refreshment-in-Church’ sessions for children age 11 to 14 have been successfully running online since half term. Activity packs are delivered on a Tuesday and we meet online on a Thursday afternoon to participate in craft, chat and games. We plan to keep these going into 2021 so if you know of anyone who may like to join us, please email for further details.
The Vicar’s Retirement
As many of you may have heard, Revd Veronica is retiring on 31st December this year. She will be much missed by all of us, but we wish her all the best for her well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, we are unable to have a farewell party at this present time but if you would like to send her a personal message you can do so care of the church address which is at the top of each blog page.
It has been a source of great sadness that we have been unable to provide our usual family services and events over this past year. We continue to do our best to provide alternatives for you all, such as the Light Party-in-a-bag which was delivered for All Hallows Eve.
First Sunday Family Worship was provided via video for several months and has now moved online in the form of a zoom meeting. We plan to keep to this format for the foreseeable future and details of services will be published on FB and the website.
There will be a Family Communion service at 10.30am on Christmas Day in St Oswald’s. Booking is essential and can be made from 21st December onwards by phoning 01625 572645 or 07887 987082.
As we move through advent into the Christmas season let us take hold of the Hope offered to us by the arrival of the Christ Child and the rolling out of a vaccine, that 2021 will be a better year for us all.
We wish you
a Happy and Blessed Christmas.
Bev and Hilary
Useful contact details:
Beverley Nixon [Children and Families Worker]
Tel: 01625 500970 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilary Young [Churchwarden} – 01625 574725