Vicars Chatterbox

18th June 2020, Church Treasurer, Patrick Hall writes:

Reverend Julie has taken a well deserved break, so this week we have the “Treasurer's

We now know that the lifting of all or most Covid19 restrictions has been delayed by
another month, so we will continue to meet for worship in church on the 1st and 3rd
Sunday of the month for the remainder of June and all of July, with the hope of
resuming weekly services in August. By then, most people should have received at least
one vaccine and many will be fully vaccinated. If you know somebody who hasn't
received a vaccine, but is eligible, do try to gently encourage and support them. The
NHS is doing a fantastic job in reassuring people, but it's our compassion and collective
effort that will help to bring infection rates down and allow us to experience a sense of
normality once again.

On Wednesday we were able to reopen the Crosby Distribution Centre of Scunthorpe
Foodbank at St George's. We have put a lot of time and effort into organising the
church to make it safe and Covid secure and we are delighted to be able to welcome
back people from our community who need assistance and support from the Foodbank.
A big thank you to all Foodbank volunteers for their time and dedication in making it
happen again and a huge thank you to members of congregation and wider community
in Crosby for their generous response. The Foodbank is currently short of UHT Semi

Skimmed and Whole Milk.

On Saturday 26th June we will hold a table top sale in St George's Church Car Park,
starting at midday. This will be our first significant fundraising event since early 2020
and we have lots of items for sale, so do come along and spread the word amongst your
friends and neighbours. We would be delighted to sell everything on the day.

The Bishop of Grimsby will be coming to Scunthorpe on 4th July to join us in celebrating
the first anniversary of Reverend Julie's licensing as Vicar. Due to ongoing restrictions
we have to limit numbers to this event, with the hope of holding a much bigger
celebration in September. If you are one of the people who has received and accepted
an invitation can you please bring along some food for the barbecue and refreshments.

It would also be helpful if you can bring along your own plate and cutlery on the day
and a garden chair (to avoid Covid related issues).

Whilst it is disappointing that restrictions will be in place for another month, we must
continue to focus on keeping ourselves and our community safe. This has been a
uniquely difficult time for our country and many people have tragically died. It's
important to reflect on what we have been through and to continue to pray for those
who have lost their lives and their grieving relatives and friends. We should also
continue to give thanks and pray for our wonderful NHS and all the key workers who
have sacrificed so much in the service of our nation during the past 18 months. May
God bless them all.

Thank you for reading this update and my musings. Reverend Julie is back next week
and will write the next Chatterbox.

Have a lovely week and if the sun is shining and temperatures are high, don't forget the
sun cream!
Patrick Hall, Church Treasurer