A message from Steve, our Vicar
After much prayer I have decided that the APCM this Saturday 17th October will have to be changed to a Zoom meeting. Although we could probably get away with doing it in person, I feel that given the current restrictions many are facing, we need to keep with the spirit of what the government is trying to achieve in restricting the spread of this virus.
I know that this is not ideal and will be disappointing for some, but I sincerely feel it is the right course of action given the situation the whole country now faces.
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Revd Steve Spencer, Vicar
A message from Rachel, our Curate
To my family in Christ,
When teaching about striving first for the Kingdom of God, Jesus concluded with these words:
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34, NRSV)
It is extremely hard to plan for anything right now, isn’t it? Currently we may be able to meet up in a group of six but this could change abruptly if we enter into another period of national Lockdown. At a time when many of us might usually be starting to plan who we will spend Christmas with, now we just have to wait patiently to see what we will be allowed to do come December.
If you are like me you may feel frustrated. I like to plan things well in advance and know all the details! I was guilty of planning the next event almost before the current one had finished. At times it can be difficult to ‘live in the moment’, to really appreciate what we are doing or who we are with right now. We may always be focussed on the next event - or reminiscing about a past one - and in doing so we miss the beauty of what is happening today.
Perhaps we could look on the pandemic restrictions as an opportunity to live in the present moment, to take one day at a time and reflect on each good thing that we experience in a day. It is good to become completely absorbed in an activity, or in another person’s company; this is how we demonstrate that we appreciate God’s many blessings and that we value each other.
And whilst we learn to ‘live in the moment’ God is working in the midst of this global crisis. He is creating ‘beauty from ashes’ here and now, in all of these circumstances, in ways which one day will bring him glory.
Our beginning and our end,
Accompany us in this day’s journey.
Dawn on our darkness,
Open our eyes to praise you for your creation
And to see the work you set before us today.
Take us and use us
to bring to others the new life you give in Jesus Christ our Lord,