Music Makers: update January 2020

To all Music Maker families.

In view of the continuing high cases of Covid, we’ve made the difficult decision to only open ️Fridays this half term (that is for January and February). We are sorry for those of you unable to reorganise your week to join us Fridays, but hope you will understand that this decision was not taken lightly. It is imperative that we keep our volunteers and the families they care for safe. We are able to provide a full team Fridays and look forward to welcoming you later in the week.

Can we also gently remind you to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before attending and, if you are in touch with a Covid case, consider skipping a week? We want our families to walk through our doors with confidence 🙏. Please continue to check this group regularly for updates as we all now know things are unpredictable…

Best wishes to you and your families x

Music Makers – re-opening the doors!

Music Makers logo

As you are probably aware the Team has been working hard preparing to restart Music Makers safely and practically after the long break. I am therefore delighted to tell you that the doors will be open again both Wednesday and Friday of the first week of November! The Wednesday group will meet 10.00–11.30 a.m. from 3rd November and the Friday group will meet 10.00–11.30 a.m. from 5th November.

We are, of course, all aware that Covid rates remain high throughout the country and for this reason we will be limiting numbers on both days and carefully monitoring the situation. You will notice some practical changes in how we run our sessions, but we pray you feel warmly welcomed back (or for the first time) and that you and your little ones enjoy playing, singing, and listening to stories together with us.

To ensure access for our current contact families, can we encourage you to only attend with one adult per family? And although we love that you want to share the group with other friends, please can you refrain from doing so as we re-establish the group. Can we also ask that where possible you don’t bring buggies as the storage space for them is much reduced? There is plenty of parking nearby at the former Aldi site.

It probably goes without saying, but for the safety of all please don’t join us if you or your child are displaying any symptoms or are at all ‘under the weather’. We will be encouraging all team members to complete a lateral flow test before attending each week and would ask you to do, too. Masks will be discretionary, but we must be aware that everyone feels differently about the virus and be respectful of others’ needs.

It would help us to know which day you plan to join us, so please can you send a message on the WhatsApp group with both carer and child’s name plus ‘Wednesday’ or ‘Friday’.

Please continue to monitor the WhatsApp group and the Music Makers page on the church website for future updates.

We hope this letter will reassure those of you more concerned by the virus, but we are so looking forward to seeing you with your children back in the building once again.

Kind regards,

Put & Ruthie, on behalf of the Music Makers team.

Click on the thumbnail (left) to download a copy of the letter in PDF format.

Back from Sabbatical…

The Minister of Evesham Baptist Church, Edward Pillar, has been on sabbatical leave for three months, from June–August 2021. This is normal practice for Baptist ministers to take sabbatical leave every seven years and the last time Edward took his was in 2014. We asked him to write a few lines about what he has been doing during these three months and he writes as follows:

Today, 1st September 2021, I return from my Sabbatical break. The Sabbatical has its basis in the idea of the Sabbath rest, taking one day in seven to rest from work and seek to nourish the soul. And so that’s what I’ve tried to do.

My Sabbatical has involved a little bit of a whole number of things. I have tried to rest. I’ve deflected emails, passed on calls, forwarded messages. I’ve walked, drunk coffee, read books, reflected, played the guitar, listened to music, and walked some more. I enjoyed writing and delivering two papers at the European Association of Biblical Studies Conference – by Zoom, of course! Ordinarily I would have spend a week in Germany at the conference, but virtual reality was necessary under the circumstances.

Sarah and I spent a week in North Cumbria, which was a relaxing break away. We’ve attended two weddings, and I attended a funeral. We’ve had to deal with elderly mothers being in hospital for a few days each. And we adopted a dog! A beautiful Saluki cross named Grace.

 Minister with Saluki dog
Edward Pillar and Grace

Edward will be back at the church, leading our service and preaching again from Sunday 5th September.

A Music Makers elephant!

For eight weeks in the summer of 2021, the city of Worcester played host to a series of sixty-seven elephants as part of Worcester’s Big Parade. Each sculpture is sponsored by a business and individually designed by an artist – either well-known or just starting out, from the Worcestershire area or further afield. They marched into the city on Tuesday, 13th July – and are due to leave again from 5pm on Sunday, 5th September 2021. After this, all the elephants, big and small, will be auctioned to raise funds for St. Richards Hospice.

While walking around Worcester and enjoying so many of the elephants and the wonderful painting and decoration, we found one entitled “We are the Music Makers”. As this is a well-known song that all the children love to sing at Music Makers at Evesham Baptist Church, we thought it was only appropriate to take a picture of the elephant itself and the descriptive plaque that went with it and to show it here.

Music Makers should be back up and running in October 2021, so here is the elephant to encourage you! The decoration is just wonderful, so much care and detail and such a bright, sparkly finish; it’s a cheerful, happy animal!

The detail in the elephant is amazing and the thought and skill that has gone into the design and cutting out the individual shapes is just wonderful.


The artist’s name is Sophie Handy and she has more artwork on display on her web site at sophiehandy.com.

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