It’s 2020 and the year of Pilgrimage in Llandaff Diocese in the Church in Wales. As such in the Deanery of Bridgend we have decided to let you see behind the scenes, so to speak, and come for a year long pilgrimage walk with us.
The sun is out (sometimes) and the Teds have got their sunglasses on for a summer of meeting people but they are sad as the social distancing means that only a handful of folks can be in the church at any one time.
How long will this apocalypse drag on?
Answers on the back of a £51 note to The Teds, The Rectory, Penoced.
The Teds were so looking forward to Sam and Jennys wedding extravaganza and now it has had to be pared right back due to this virus thing that is everywhere.
On the bright side two people who love each other very much and want to be married in Gods house and with his blessing will have all the angels singing as hopefully there is no 10 person limit for congregations in heaven.
I often find myself organising funerals and so say to people “Plan what you want in your funeral well in advance then put it in an envelope marked ‘for the vicar’ and put it somewhere safe.” Well Jean who was one of my parishioners from my Llantrisant days had done just that. So I took Teds along to meet Jeans children David and Helen to discuss the funeral arrangements for their mum.
It was sad having to be there as it meant Jean was no longer with us but also we laughed a lot too remembering all her ways and sayings and reflecting on a life well lived. Some people get really grumpy when they get older but not Jean – she was full of life in her Autumn years. An example to us all. Ask me how many hymns shes wants in her service!
And as she was a lady of faith I know that she has gone on before us and we will be reunited again. I am looking forward to that a lot.