Evening Services, albeit at 4pm on Sundays, have restarted. We do however, need volunteers to go on a weekly rota as sides persons. Two gentlemen have volunteered but 2 more are needed. So if you prefer to attend church in the evening, and are prepared to act as occasional sides person (no gender favouritism here) please ring Martin on 616856.

Mrs Sue Cumming. Sue’s cremation will be held at Westerleigh on Tuesday 20th October. If you wish to be present please contact Rev Steve Oram.

Many of us will have noticed the absence of Mike Neale over many months. Mike had a few health problems a year ago and entered hospital on two occasions, the last being just before “lockdown”. He then went to convalesce with his daughter in Yorkshire. Apparently being close to Alpacas speeds recovery. Anyway, Mike returned to Alveston 3 months ago but then faced more health problems. Happily he is well on the road to recovery and when interviewed earlier this week was in rude health and very good humour. He asks to be remembered to everyone and hopes to be back in St Mary’s soon.

Another of our stalwarts, Trevor Anderson, having had successful hip surgery in September, is recuperating at home. We all wish Trevor a full return to good health as soon as possible.

A prayer too, for Trevor Cook, recovering well after his recent operation.

Two areas of financial concern which need to be addressed at St Mary’s, are the costs involved in supporting our vicar, Rev Steve Oram, and now, June Robbins. Since June moved to the post of Sacristan, which is a voluntary position, her verger’s remuneration is no longer paid to her. The PCC agreed that June’s income would still be protected but it does mean that the church needs to find ways of raising around £4,000 a year for her. It is likely that a special fund will be set up so that her well-wishers can gift whatever they can so as to provide an ongoing income.

Steve’s expenses are paid out of the Vision Fund, but again, should anyone wish to make a regular contribution towards Steve’s expenses, they should speak with our treasurer, David Prothero.

During “lockdown” we published a series of interviews with people from all walks of life. The question asked of each was, “What will life be like after lockdown?” One answer which everyone gave was – from now on, far more of us will be working from home. And indeed that did turn out to be the case.

In fact, two other things came about which had not been generally considered. The first outcome resulting from the coronavirus, has been the rapidly diminished use of cash. People look upon coins and notes as harbours of virus infestation. So it’s not surprising that credit cards have overtaken cash as a means of doing business.

The second innovation has been the rapid growth of QR codes. These are the spotty squares appearing all over the place. Using a downloadable app on your smart phone, one can perform a multitude of tasks. The QR code can record your presence, which helps Track & Trace, and now it can even be used to read a menu and order from it in a pub or restaurant. The need for human contact is drastically reduced, leaving everyone much safer.

Weekly humour:

A man visited Israel with his mother-in-law. Sadly, whilst there, she passed away. The man went to the funeral director and enquired about the cost of burial. The funeral director said “You have 2 options; bury her here and it will cost £1,000. Or you can fly her home and bury her in England. That cost will be £15,000.”

The man thought about it for a while, then said “I’ll fly her home for burial.” “But why?” said the funeral director “it’s so cheap in Israel.”

The man replied “Yes, but 2,000 years ago a man died here and after 3 days he rose again. I just can’t take that chance.”

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