Plant and Produce Sale: a sale of plants and produce from people’s gardens and allotments is scheduled for Sunday 30th August in the churchyard. It will include all sorts of produce, not just vegetables but preserves as well. Everyone in the community is invited to come along. Proceeds to St Mary’s funds. Sale starts at 11am.

The church is looking for a metal filing cabinet, 4 drawer standard office type. Do you have one which is no longer needed. We will collect. Please ring Martin 07990970725

Next Church Meetings: The Standing Committee meets today at 7:30pm. They will be discussing a number of matters which will be presented to the full PCC meeting on Thursday 3rd September (3pm). These meetings will be via Zoom. The church AGM (APCM) will be held in the church at 11am on Sunday 4th October.

Financial matters: It stands to reason that income has dropped during lockdown, but not as badly as one might have expected. Early figures suggest a 20% fall in income, mainly due to there being no social events like Monday Movies or the quizzes. The church officers have carried out some cost cutting, so that income and expenditure are not as far apart as they could have been expected to have been. Nevertheless, some further belt tightening will be needed in 2021. Our treasurer, David Prothero, is grateful to everyone who has continued to donate over the past 5 months.

Just before lockdown a member of the congregation gave a very generous donation to have a new cupboard made for the water tap in the graveyard. This is now nearly complete and should be installed in 2 weeks time.

The Monday Movie Club is ready to re-open on Monday 19th October. At the moment it is probable that only 30 people will be able to attend (Government regulations), but this may well change in the weeks to come. All members of the Club (and anyone can join, free of charge) will be notified by email shortly. This is all part of St Mary’s plan to encourage a return to normal social life.

And now, humour:

The Top Ten Reasons Eve Was Created:

10. God was worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.

9. God knew that one day Adam would require someone to locate and hand him the remote.

8. God knew Adam would never go out and buy himself a new fig leaf when his wore out and would therefore need Eve to buy one for him.

7. God knew Adam would never be able to make a doctor, dentist or haircut appointment for himself.

6. God knew Adam would never remember which night to put the recycling out.

5. God knew if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle the pain and discomfort of childbearing.

4. As the Keeper of the Garden, since he didn’t have metal sheds or greenhouses, Adam would never remember where he left his tools.

3. Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.

2. As the Bible says, “It is not good for man to be alone!”

And the #1 reason why God created Eve:

1. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched His head and said, “I can do better than that!”