Weekly Parish Update 13th September 2020

‘Building bridges. Building up Community, Building back better’.

Dear all,

Well, this week is the first week of not delivering, shopping for food, making Larder Bags, applying for funding or mass catering of any kind!

This week is the first time in six very long months, I have been able to look back and try to reflect on what we have done as a church.

We went away for a few quiet days in a cottage in North wales, but I was just too numb to think, or reflect or pray.

I found it hard to prepare my sermon for church this morning and, as many of your saw today, I found it even harder to deliver!

I have attached the crucial part of that sermon so you can read again, what I believe we have managed, with God’s help and blessing, to achieve.

This week, I can now focus on the parish of St Mary’s with all its complex needs, disparate and eclectic issues and abundant love.

This Wednesday, 16 September 2020, we will be recommencing our 10.15 Holy Communion service, with the same conditions to make it Covid safe as we already have in place for the 10.00 am Sunday service.

With the new rules now in place for Covid, I feel that we should have Harvest in church, safely distanced and with the church opened at the weekend to receive Harvest gifts.

If you can think of anything more creative, following the new guidelines, please let me know.

I am thrilled that Karen James Hunt has agreed to be our new Creative Worship Minister.

She will now gather a small team around her to see what new, vibrant worship we can ADD to what we already have.

We will also be applying for funding for the equipment we need to facilitate this as well.

Please do NOT start a rumour that Beth is stopping the old to bring in the new!

We will meet as a church in the New Year to place ourselves at God’s disposal once again.

But I see the new online worship as being live streamed or recorded and it will go out on Saturday evenings and/or on the second and fourth Sundays at 6.30 pm for now.

This leaves Evensong and the Healing Eucharist ready for whenever we can pick them up again.

The Sunday morning Eucharist with Malcolm, Atie and Gail have been wonderfully uplifting and we will continue to live stream them and for the evening service, thank you so much.

Though the schools have gone back, none of our children’s work can resume at present.

I do hope and pray we can, again, make bridges into our community at Half Term!

Please do pray for all our older people, missing so much, CAMEO and Meet and Eat.

We continue to pray that these new measures will be able to stem the flow of new Covid cases.

For Christmas to be a time of renewal and peace.

And for all of our families and friends to stay safe and well.