Well, nobody showed at 8.30am for the snow was so deep and crisp and even that this Priest couldn’t get out of her drive armed as she was with merely a stiff brush and a small dustpan. (One cannot buy a snow shovel for love nor money around here.)
And by 10.20am it looked as if it was just going to be 5 of us plus two visitors from Nottingham. However, in true St Mark’s style they kept on coming after the welcome was said and in the end we had about 30 which was pretty miraculous really. No organist and I didn’t feel up to leading the singing unaccompanied and there was nobody who knew how to do the CDs. Unlike a certain Provost I do not have the gift of multi-tasking to that extent. I could manage the welcome, the serving and the offertory but not the organ too.
It was noted that one of the wise men is broken. Personally I think it should be canon law that churches renew their nativity sets every 5 years. Keep them nice and attractive not looking as if nobody has cared about them for decades.
And so we all slid home in a few inches of snow, chuffed that we had made it.
Oh, and by the way, did you know that black shoes left in church for emergencies can go mouldy?