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eNews - May 2020
This painting of the Church and Schoolroom by Luba Arnold has been gifted to Discover DeCrypt by the artist.  Thank you, Luba!

Going the extra mile...
Times of hardship bring out the best in many people.  All over the country people are going the extra mile, quite often literally, to support those in the community who are most in need.  Though our buildings are closed, there is plenty to do.  We are supporting several local initiatives to help those who are struggling. These include Feeding the 5000, and the Westgate Foodbank. You'll find more details and ways to get involved below. 
The Diocese of Gloucester is working with The Long Table, Stroud, to get food to those who need it at the moment. Whether you are self isolating, know someone who is, or would just like a great healthy and delicious dinner we are now offering takeaway and free delivery for all meals. If cost is a barrier for you at the moment do let us know - we have meals that we have prepaid which we can give you. There is also the option to make a donation to pay for meals for those who are struggling financially. You can find more details on the diocesan website:
Westgate Foodbank call for supplies! 

The Westgate Foodbank at Treasure Seekers is in need of the following:

toiletries, nappies, baby milk, sanitary towels & gluten free products.

If you are able to help and live locally, please contact us via and we will arrange for collection. You can also make a donation at

Daily Hope Phone Line

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, is available 24 hours a day and offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

Phone - 0800 804 8044 for free!

Creative Crafty Club in your own home!

Many parents are engaged in the tricky task of keeping children happy and occupied at home, often while trying to work themselves.  This week we are launching a new series of art and heritage activities for families.  The heritage activities are adapted from our education pack, soon to be launched to schools, and should provide some fun and educational projects for parents and children to do together. The art activities are in the form of downloadable pdfs with simple projects and ideas for getting creative with materials you already have at home. Older children will be able to do many of these on their own, while younger ones may need some help.  We hope you have fun with them. Do send us pictures of your creations and we will feature them on the website. Contact us at

We will be putting up new activities every week so check in at the website home page here each weekend to see what's there.

This week a Tudor School Quiz and how to make simple paper birds to brighten up your room.

Tell us Your Story!

We want to hear about your life in lockdown:  how has it been for you?

Our wonderful volunteers have been keeping busy during lockdown in lots of interesting ways and sharing their stories and pictures via email.  We would like to invite you to share with us any of your stories, thoughts, art, poetry, prayers or photos, so we can build a picture of how our community has managed during this strange time.
Please send us anything you would like to share via and we will post it on the website. 

A Look at St Mary de Crypt's Font 

This month we would have been holding a christening in the church, the first for many years. During a christening a child or adult is baptised and welcomed into God's family, beginning the exciting journey of faith.  A central part of the ceremony is the pouring of water. 

Our font dates from the 18th century and is said to be the same font in which George Whitefield and Robert Raikes were baptised. Medieval fonts were traditionally much larger, often able to accommodate total immersion. The pedestal design of the 18th century font, with its small basin of water, reflects changes in practice.  The Protestant church, particularly Calvinists and Puritans, favoured a sprinkling of water (known as affusion) from a basin over the full immersion or pouring (aspersion). Unfortunately this led to the destruction of so many medieval fonts in the 16th century that in 1561 Queen Elizabeth I decreed that no fonts were to be removed from churches, and later that baptisms were to be done specifically from a font not a basin. However the Puritans in 1645 reversed this and ordered the removal of fonts...which continued until the Restoration, when fonts once more became the order of the day. All a little confusing for people at the time.

By the 18th century aristocratic families had taken to holding private christenings in their own homes, for which small portable fonts (known as 'fontlets') were sometimes made. However, the church preferred the service to take place in public before a congregation, who would witness the ceremony and promise to support the child in the journey of faith.  The 18th century pedestal font did have the advantage of being more moveable. When the Victorian re-ordering of St Mary de Crypt took place, the font was repositioned to the nave, where it stood in the central crossing. Now it stands in the south transept outside the entrance to the Raikes Chapel, waiting for the next christening.

If you would like to find out more about christening in the Church of England please click here


Spring flowers and May showers...

While it is frustrating not to be able to get into the churchyard to garden at the moment, nature is doing a very good job all on its own. The flowers and bulbs planted earlier in the year are flourishing and the hard work clearing brambles and nettles has not been wasted. The churchyard is looking better than it has for a long time.

As restrictions are gradually lifted we will be looking at building up our gardening team again. If you are interested please do contact us via  Green fingers are appreciated but not essential!  

We are also hoping to hold a fundraising plant fair later in the year (circumstances allowing) or next spring, so when you are dividing your perennials or sowing annuals, do bear us in mind and pot up or sow a little extra.
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