This Tuesday (tomorrow) we will rebroadcast at 10.00. Then we will be live on Thursday and again next Sunday.
This time, I invite as many of us as possible to connect directly within the Zoom system. We will also stream live to Youtube for those who cannot connect directly and for any outside our church.
The new Youtube link is:
Let's pray that the technology works better this time.
Now, on a different subject:
I attached the above photo to remind us all what the inside of our church looks like. It already seems like a very long time. Yet the worst thing that we can do is lose hope. This too will pass...
The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that everything has a season.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
In God's good time, this pandemic will pass. Friends, let's keep trusting in the Lord.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8.28
Good afternoon. It's Monday 24th March 2020 and our country is in lockdown. All church services are cancelled; including weddings. There is only one obvious exception but I will not mention it here because I want this blog to be positive.
Our preparations for online-church are going well.
It's not all bad
One of the things Anne and I discussed today was "footprints". (My word, not hers.) Where can we see God's footprints and fingerprints in this dreadful situation?
It would be very easy to be pessimistic. To think that the Evil One is having it all his own way. But when we look closely, I hope that we can all see glimmers of Hope. Let me highlight one or two:
May God Bless us all.
Just to encourage us all to make the best of the lovely weather.... See below.
Sadly, I had to pull back from using this because:
So here is what is currently happening.
We are still getting ready to offer an act of worship on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am. This will be broadcast from the Vicarage. (The wifi in the church is not robust enough.) We hope the the readers and I will share the tasks but we are looking at how to do this remotely. More than one of us are in high risk demographics and are semi-self-isolating.
Anyway. Now I need some some input from you, our church family. Which platform should we use?
I hope that we can launch next Sunday with a delayed Mothering Sunday service. Please do drop into the church at some point and say a prayer. While you are there, please borrow one of our Worship books so that you can join in from your home.
Meanwhile - please to join us this Sunday in taking part in the Churches Together in England nationwide day of prayer. Do read about it here.
Also, the diocese is supporting us all. Please keep an eye on
the diocesan website.
And finally for now. The diocese is offering regular online acts of worship via its Youtube channel. Do try it out now.
We find ourselves in unprecedented times. For the first time in living memory, the Church of England has gone into semi-lock down. There will be no public services in CofE churches until further notice. The exception to this is: