Mid-Week update from St Johns

Date: March 24, 2021

I’d like to start this week by thanking our roving reporters from
the Lake District, who I commissioned to get us some proper Spring
countryside photos for the Update – speaking personally, as one who was
brought up in a field and hasn’t left Wimbledon since before November, this
is really what I’ve been missing at this time of year, thank you Elliotts!

Spring in the Lakes.pdf
<https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/ORA1QMVDQ86V9mbGDzCg>

*Church is open!*
It was lovely to have church open this week, and see people in real life
rather than via Zoom again.  Rob has organised us a fantastic line up of
singers to head up the very reduced, legal choir of 3 – it was such a
pleasure to see Gavin on Sunday and to hear his beautiful voice directly
rather than via a laptop at an on-line concert – And this coming Sunday we
will have Charlotte joining us, so I’m very much looking forward to that
already.

I thought you might like to see how professionals like Rob overcome
obstacles when, for example, Diddy Disciples are upstairs, so choir
rehearsal moves downstairs, but the Nursery hasn’t realised that the church
is re-opened…

*Easter Services*
Stephen has just sent me a postcard with the Easter Services on it, which
I’m attaching below.  Main things to note I think are, apart from the
regular Sunday services,

*Maundy Thursday* Service, 1st April at* 8pm* and
*Good Friday* Service, 2nd April at *2pm*.

*Out and about on the common*
Lately when I’ve been down near Beverley Brook, I’ve noticed the heron
quite a few times, yesterday I managed to get a little video clip to share

IMG_5261.mov <https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/NAG31WYSSmVGvm01aRDk>

On the same walk, on the return, coming through Fishponds Wood Nature
Reserve, I saw another heron – and was wondering if it was actually the
same one.  What do you think?

Seeing the heron there, got me to wondering whether there really were still
fish in ‘Fishponds Wood’, or if it was after other food when it was looking
in the pond… and today, I might have got my answer – near the pond I saw
what I initially thought was a wounded bird hobbling through the leaves.
I went a bit closer to see if it was OK and realised it was actually a toad
– and so well-camouflaged that when it stopped moving, I could hardly find
it again.  I took a photo for the update, but have to say I was a little
embarrassed when I showed it to Martin, as it wasn’t just a toad…

I’m sure there is a name for someone who takes photos of somebody else
doing this, and would appear that name now applies to me.  But on the
other hand, I googled it and now know herons eat tadpoles.

Jane

Service times

Sunday

8:15am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:00am Children's Service - Twice a month
10:15am Sung Eucharist