The churches of St Mary’s and St Anne’s are now in a new Parish of Calmore and Eling, St Mary’s now being the Parish Church. We are about to embark on elections for a Parochial Church Council, commonly known as a PCC. Eventually, there will be a new Vicar but in the meantime we run with a team of retired Ministers, Licensed Lay Ministers and the Churchwardens.
We had our first service after lockdown on Easter Sunday where both churches came together at St Mary’s on a gloriously sunny, but cold, day. It was a great occasion and, though we are thankful for Zoom, which has kept us going in the last months, it was so good to be with real people in a real building.
We now move forward in the next 3 months with joint services alternating between both churches. We are also having some limited opening for individual prayer and meditation. Everything is open for anyone to come; Covid rules apply, of course, so the maximum capacity of both churches is 40 people.
As restrictions ease in June, we will hope to do more and start holding events again.
Meanwhile we enjoy the outdoors with the Wild churchyard at St Mary’s blooming with primroses and buzzing with bees – yes, we have a beehive! It is always open to the public so come and take a look.