Enjoying Cursillo Fellowship and the sunshine at our Ultreya

Saturday last saw Cursillistas from all across the Diocese join BACC National President, Beth Roberts at St Mary the Virgin church, Banham for an in person Ultreya. Although Covid restrictions were still in place, those who attended enjoyed Cursillo Fellowship and worship in the sunshine. The entire event took place in the churchyard in the shade of the many trees and followed the established Cursillo pattern incorporating a witness talk by our treasurer Roger Harrold which was ably summed up by Revd. Canon Steve Wright. As is usual time was set aside for those in attendance to share their recent experiences of the Cursillo principals of Prayer, Study and Action. As may be imagined our responses to the recent lockdowns featured heavily in the testimonies.

Music for the occasion was provided by Nick and Jane Moore and featured the world premier of a song composed by Nick whilst he was recovering from a quite serious operation recently. We are pleased to see Nick again after his crisis and he was grateful for the prayers of our community before, during and after his operation. We took the opportunity to wish Nick well and will be pleased to see both Nick and Jane in the future.

The business part of the meeting was of course dominated by a report of preparations for the forthcoming Ultreya GB 2021 to be held on September 4th at Norwich Cathedral. Preparations had unfortunately been hampered by Covid restrictions which had been in place for much of the preparation period. Provisional plans have been worked up in readiness for a meeting with Cathedral staff which is expected before the end of July. The Polo shirts were handed out to those who had ordered them and several were taken for onward delivery to those who were unable to attend.

BACC National President, Beth Roberts (Dio. Chester) thanked NAC Secretariat for inviting her to this event which she said was the first “in-person” event that she had attended since Lockdown began in March 2020. Beth gave a resume of the activities of BACC during the Covid crisis and the thinking which will guide us as we recover from the enforced shutdown of the last 16 months.

All in all a welcome and joyful event which gave us a foretaste of what we can expect in our post Lockdown life.

An Autumn Ultreya is planned for October which we hope to hold in the west of the Diocese and the date of 23rd October has been fixed on. (See Calendar page) We will of course be hearing about Ultreya GB2021 at the next event.

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