Over 6,500 free postcards and resources have been sent out, ready to thank a friend, a neighbour, a colleague or someone else who has made us grateful over the challenges of the past months.
Lucy Barbour from St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve says, “We are holding a service focused on thankfulness in line with the national day of thanks. It will feature a testimony from a couple who were extremely ill due to COVID-19 and are now recovering well – they have an amazing story to tell.
“It will be in line with launching a month of giving to our mission partners and Church projects. The cards will be used as a way for the congregation to reflect on what they are thankful for over this difficult year and a half. We will also be encouraging that conversation to go onto social media following the service.”
St James’ Church in Bream has already given out their cards to members of their worshippping community and asked each person to think of someone that they might want to thank.
Claire Phillips, parish administrator, said, “I thought it was a lovely idea. The postcards are bright and its great that there’s a Bible verse on them. I think its a really good thing that we are thanking people for what they do. My cards are still in my handbag at the moment and I am considering who would be best to give them to.”
The Revd Caroline Bland, Vicar, Nailsworth with Shortwood, Horsley and Newington Bagpath with Kingscote (Benefice) in Nailsworth has requested postcards for the children in her local church schools.
In Blockley there will be an outside, multigenerational service starting with bacon sandwiches and coffee. The service will be around giving thanks for those who support us.