27th January 2021
Yesterday we passed the terrible milestone of over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and we would invite you to join with the call to prayer that has been made by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York . They are inviting the nation to remember those whose lives have been lost and to pray for our nation and for those who mourn at 6:00 pm each day.
A PDF version of their letter is available here (link to letter)
Can I suggest that we set up notifications or alarms in some way to remind ourselves each day of our need to pray for our nation at this most critical time.
If you need prayer for specific personal issues there are a number of ways that this can happen, either through attending church prayer meetings online, or through The Hub virtual prayer, or through our website and letting us know what we can be praying for.
It is still possible to walk and talk with one other person, and so this may be a useful way of finding prayerful support at this time.
Never before have we needed to know, as a nation, the peace and the hope of God as we do at this time , or to know the support and care of the community around us even while we are isolated. Through the grace of God and caring for one another we will get through this painful time and we look forward to better days ahead.
God bless you all,
5th January 2021
Well, here we are again in another lockdown. It wasn't exactly unexpected I'm sure!
In the previous lockdown churches were forbidden to meet for worship for quite some time, but this time, for some reason, churches are allowed to remain open. Quite what the thinking in this is when schools and colleges have been closed, I cannot imagine. My view is as Paul said that ‘all things may be lawful but not all things are beneficial’. We may lawfully be allowed to meet in person to worship but I think our responsibility to care for one another, and our care for the team that has to be present to run an online service ought to mean that we do not meet in person until such time as the risk level is reduced. Some of the team are vulnerable themselves but have served faithfully for the last 6 months and we need to protect them.
I am therefore asking everyone to watch online for the present time until we are certain that the risk is reduced. Small groups and prayer meetings can continue online and if you are alone or need to talk with someone, we can still do this ‘one to one’ outside. Do use the option to walk and talk and support one another. As I said on Sunday, I know we are all tired, and tired of online and zoom meetings and long to be back together, but we will have to persevere a little longer. We at least have the opportunity to meet online so let’s use it and keep building God’s house together.
‘Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever’. Lord help us to remain constant in our walk with you
God bless you all
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