Sally Rice volunteered to ring Northam’s St Margaret’s Church bell manually every night for the month of November to call people to prayer, just before 6pm. This was to mark the ‘Prayer for the Nation’ campaign launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London on the November 4 after they called the Church of England to pray for the nation throughout the second lockdown.
The campaign recognises and celebrates the efforts of those keeping the rest of us safe so includes the country’s Hospital workers, School staff, valuable key workers as well as those who are vulnerable, grieving or ill. The campaign ended on December with the prayers and themes offered as tools to enable anyone to participate and are intended simply as suggestions.
Find out more about the Church of England’s Prayer for the Nation campaign.
Month of Prayer
Alec McNeill of St Margaret’s Church, Northam said of the November campaign: “We have not only been ringing an evening Bell to mark the Archbishop’s Month of Prayer but we have also been opening the Church for an hour each Sunday for private prayer. Those few people who have taken advantage of this have said how much they have appreciated it.”
Bobby the Donkey
“Sadly the Covid restrictions prevented us organising our annual Christmas Tree Festival so the popular Bobby the Donkey will not be able to visit this year. However, we are planning to hold a “Midnight Communion Service” on Christmas Eve although we may have to limit numbers a little.”
St Margaret’s Church, Northam recently won Best Churchyard Award 2020 from the Devon Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Courtesy of Ray Goldsmith