Angels to the rescue
It is a great shame that so many events and club meetings in Knapton have had to be cancelled for such a long period because of COVID, but the Knapton Angels have done a fantastic job of supporting our parishioners through these dark times, meeting over 400 requests for support and help.
The Parish Council also decided to continue the project over the coming months expecting the need for help to continue over the winter months. I am one of the Angels and am still supporting ladies who live alone. We are a very small rural village of less than 300, it is also very spread out, it has a limited bus service on just five days a week and no shops, our nearest is Trunch.
Unfortunately, our congregation at St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church is very small, now down to less than 10 and mostly elderly, which makes them in the vulnerable category. With this in mind and in addition to the Knapton’s Angels our Rector, The Revd Andrew Jones, asked some of us to keep in regular phone contact with other members of the church who were isolating, this we have done. During the summer months Knapton Church installed a sound system and new hearing loop which meant that during the period when in-church services were permitted, we were able to host the Benefice-wide services which rotated using mainly three of the churches. In fact, as our church was the easiest to make covid-safe, we hosted the first of the Benefice Services in July. Albeit meant a lot of cleaning and extra work for the two church wardens, we did it with a happy heart as it meant that people could join together in person for a service.
So many in our area were feeling the strain of isolation, so let’s hope that we can soon return to church and our human communities.
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