Thoughts from the Vicarage 127


I am glad to say that Julie is slowly recovering, but still very weak.

We remain indebted to Christine and the Churchwardens and Secretaries for ensuring that life in the parishes carries on as normally as possible.

Lent Courses are starting this week, on Monday at Mellor Cottage, and every Wednesday at 7.00pm. via Zoom. The USPG course booklet is available from either the Church or the Vicarage, for which we are asking for a £2.00 donation to go to USPG.

We have all seen and heard of the terrible situation facing those fleeing from Ukraine, but it really starts to hit home when we know of some of those people involved. Paul Tame (our Churchwarden in East Garston) has a Ukrainian Daughter in Law who we have been praying for as she and her family made their way to the UK. Last Wednesday they managed to cross the border into Moldova and after an overnight stop they made their way to Budapest where they had to find accommodation whilst their visa application is sorted out. We continue to pray for them and all the countless other refugees.

If you wish to help in a practical way, can I suggest the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) who bring together 15 leading UK aid charities, raising funds to quickly and effectively respond to overseas disasters by providing food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. (
The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.

Best wishes
(aka Mr Vicarage)

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