Latest pastoral letter explaining our current Sunday worship arrangements

Dear Church Family,

First of all let me wish you all a Happy New Year.

As we enter Lockdown 3, I just wanted to let you all know that, unlike in March we are legally allowed to keep the church open for private prayer and communal worship this time.  Whilst this is the case, we are determined to do so.  I know that many people take comfort from the fact that the services are going on and prayers being said, even if they are not present.

The church will be open for both the 8am and 10.30am on a Sunday morning and for private prayer on Wednesdays from 12-2pm and I want to thank Donald and Jan very much for being prepared to act as stewards, thereby enabling this to happen.  Children’s Church is continuing on Zoom for this term so, if you have family that wishes to join in, please contact Holly for details.

I am fully aware that many of you are feeling uneasy about coming out due to the transmissibility of this new strain of the virus.  I completely understand this and wouldn’t want anybody to feel under any obligation to attend.  If you are rota’d to do be on Welcome or AV Team, or to read or pray, and do not want to attend in person on the Sunday morning, then please just let me know and we can play your recorded reading or prayer instead, and we will manage with fewer Welcomers.

We will continue with our online services for you to access at home, and I do encourage you to join in with our Morning Prayer Zoom meeting at 9am every day; we are all taking much strength and encouragement from this daily meeting.  

For those of you not on the Internet – I am aware that you have not necessarily been able to access a service on a weekly basis, so I am enclosing a service sheet of the season we are using, together with a printed copy of the Bishop’s sermon with the readings of the day.   We will send this out to you every week.  Unfortunately our team of preachers do not write out their sermons in longhand, so it is not possible to send you these, but the Bishops do!  If you don’t have access to a Bible so can’t look up the readings yourself (we will need to correct that!), do let me know and we will send you a printout of the readings too.

Once again I want to reiterate that we are here for you.  We are thinking of you all, and praying for you, and if you need any help you can just call – either The Rectory or the Parish Office.

As Mother Julian assured us “All shall be well, all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well”

With love and blessings