The Kettle, the Cleaner and the Garden

(A Tale of Gifts, Talents and Requests)

The title might imply you are about to read the story of a spaghetti western. You are not. Still it is worth the read, and it is also important if you love and care for our church family.

We recently asked if anyone could help with a gift or loan of a kettle. Someone (and she knows who she is!) had previously said she would buy one and give it to the church, but she does so much already that we just could not accept yet another quiet gesture from her, instead looking to the wider Church Family to see if anyone had a spare kettle to fill the gap. Sadly, nobody came forward, but happily we have found that, with more people bringing their own re-useable cups, we can actually manage with one kettle. So, we are no longer looking for a gift of a kettle but thank you all for considering the request.

Saul said to his servant, ‘If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?’ (1 Samuel 9:7)

Meantime, our cleaner is taking a short break – the week of Monday 5th to Friday 9th July. Her standards are so high that, frankly, ordinary people would not notice if she missed a week. But in these Covid-19 times we want to maintain her highest standards of cleanliness. We can restrict this to cleaning in the Sanctuary, Vestry and Vestry toilet. Oh, and as a church, we don’t have much money …

So, could any person / group bless the church family by cleaning the sanctuary, vestry and vestry toilet (dust, vacuum and damp wipe) within the following windows:

  • After the end of church service on 4th July but before Open Prayer at 1000 hrs on Wednesday 7th July;
  • After the end of Open Prayer at 12 noon on 7th July but before Sunday Worship activities commence at 0930 hrs in Sunday 11th July.

Any fabric, woven or knitted material, or any leather article that has been washed and is rid of the mould, must be washed again. Then it will be clean. (Leviticus 13:58)

Which brings us to the garden, and our coffee time outside. We have created a seating area away from the building works and want to enhance that by trimming the large bushes outside the Tower Room entrance. Would anyone be prepared to lend a hedge trimmer (preferably cordless, but power cable is fine) so that I (your friendly Session Clerk and local Landscape Gardener) can do this work one evening?

Please let us know via or just bring in the hedge trimmer and we’ll notice it is there! If there is one available, the sooner it is provided, the sooner we will have a better seating area for coffee time (and for the families who use the gardens through the week). It will also provide better access to daylight through a couple of windows at the church sanctuary.

You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! (Song of Songs 8:13)

[from Timothy Pitt]

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