Dear Church Family,
I trust Christmas was restful and meaningful, if strange at times. Now, as we settle into our Tier 4 restrictions we recognise once again the need to do what we’re being asked to keep the greatest number of people safe which means staying at home most of the time, so please do contact us with any needs and we’ll aim to help out.
Our homes will be the focus of much of what we do in these days, and it seems appropriate to recall that Epiphany tradition of asking God to bless our homes. By writing the blessing inscription over our doors we’re daily reminded that God watches over us and brings his Light into our homes and lives. Please find the blessed chalks in individual bags in the church foyer for you to collect and use. If you’d like someone to do this for you please contact me. An Epiphany Prayer to go along with the chalk can be found here!
We continue our worship on Zoom every Sunday and this Wednesday the mid-week Morning Prayer Service will be that way too. If you have not joined worship on Zoom yet or are unsure about it I’d encourage you to give it a go. From about 10am on a Sunday morning the waiting room is open and you can join from then by simply clicking on the link provided in the email. For the foreseeable future this is going to be our main way of being in fellowship and, while no substitute for the real thing, most find it a connecting and positive experience. Please get in touch with Steve or Peter if you’d like to be coached on how to join Zoom!
Since we’re staying put it’s good to have opportunities to meet in other ways, and I’d like to draw your attention to three courses that are beginning after January 10th which will allow you to meet others and grow in your faith. All are cross-benefice with our partners at St Paul’s and St Lukes, and St Mary the Virgin in Silchester. You may join the Prayer Course, the Bible Course, or the Alpha Course. Please ask me for details of any you may be interested in. (Julie Dollin would be happy to tell you about her experience on a recent Alpha), and the other two are solid ways to deepen your relationship with God and others.