Holy Week dictates the service schedule for April:

Sunday 3rd9.30am Brunch plus the dedication of the Luther twins, Leo and Asher. (St Mark’s)
Wednesday 6th9.30am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s
Sunday 10th9.30am Holy Communion  + Explorers at St Mark’s (Palm Sunday)
6.30pm Evensong at St Edmund’s
Monday 11th7.30pm Compline at St Peter’s, Havenstreet
Tuesday 12th7.30pm Stations of the Cross at St Mark’s
Wednesday 13th9.30am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s
7.30pm Compline at Holy Cross, Binstead
Good Friday 15th10.00am. Family activity service at St Mark’s
Easter Sunday 17th10am Holy Communion at St Mark’s
Wednesday 20th9.30am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s
Sunday 24th9.30am Morning Prayer + Explorers followed by Big Mac talk
6.30pm Evensong at St Edmund’s
Wednesday 27th9.30am Holy Communion at St Edmund’s

The Good Friday Family Service is an ideal one to bring friends and relatives who wouldn’t normally go near a church.  There will be plenty of activities for the children and story-telling will form the main part of the service.

Wednesday 27th is also the date of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting being held at St Mark’s at 7pm.  Everyone is invited to attend and can vote for the appointment of churchwardens. Those on the Electoral Roll are able to vote on parish matters.

Our Lent Appeal to support Wootton Primary School will close on Good Friday.  Many of you have already given but if it is something you would like to support, please can you let me know.

David Bennison and Harry Kirby will be meeting with the Revd Steve Daughtery (Area Dean), along with the churchwardens of Whippingham and East Cowes, on April 22nd in order to progress the new plurality.  We will keep you informed as the process continues.

Finally (you will be pleased with that word!), the results of the post-covid questionnaire were discussed by the PCC on Wednesday.  It has been decided that, from Easter Sunday, the common cup will be in use at Holy Communion but it is for you to decide whether you want to have the wine as well as a wafer.  Potentially, each Sunday could be different as we will need to ask each priest whether they are willing to offer the common cup (the priest has to drink all the wine left in the chalice).  The majority of answers indicated that they approved of the changes we had to make for covid and wanted to keep them eg. services on the screen, fetching and returning your own books and service sheets.  People voted to stop the ventilation in church but, as health and safety officer, I think it is too soon to do this with the current covid situation but the measure will be brought in as soon as things calm down.

Life is complicated isn’t it!