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The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings are open for private prayer only.

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Daily COVID-19 newsletter from the Diocese

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Parish Brief - 19th January 2021

Hello <<First Name>> Wonderful Love Even though in many ways’ life is simpler in an extended lockdown, it can make some things more difficult to deal with and lead to tensions and pressures that are harder to get round and resolve. Whether it is trying to care for an elderly relative, getting to see a doctor or dentist, or maintaining friendships and relationships – the inability to talk face to face and connect in person, other than by electronic means, can lead to frustrations, misunderstanding and leave us feeling isolated.  As I was struggling with some of these things last week my daughter shared this family WhatsApp message about my 6yr old granddaughter: Merry was on a whole school assembly on Google Classroom when the Headteacher’s feed dropped out. The Deputy Head asked if any of the children want to pray.   Merry put her digital hand up straight away and prayed. “Father God, thank you for our school.  Thank you for all that we have and all that we get to do.  Help us remember your love is so high we can’t get over it (long pause) and so low we can’t get under it (long pause) and so wide we can’t… Read More

Parish Brief - 12th January 2021

Hello <<First Name>>In the northern hemisphere the New Year dawns at the darkest time of the year. It is also a very dark time for all of us as we are living with the restrictions necessary in order to bring the spread of Covid-19 under control. We don’t know when or how this phase will end. Living with uncertainty is very difficult. We are in the middle of Epiphany, which is a season of uncertainty, beginning with the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January and concluding with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple – on 2 February. Three themes are woven together throughout Epiphany all of which are about God making Christ’s presence real in uncertain times. The first theme is the arrival of the visitors from the East, who took two years of travelling by night to find Jesus, far from the stable of his birth. The second recollection of God making the presence of Christ known was celebrated on the Sunday just past – the Baptism of Christ – and in the gospel reading we heard Jesus’ recollection of God telling him that he was God’s beloved. And the third theme which we’ll mark on the final Sunday… Read More

Parish Brief - 5th January 2021

Hello <<First Name>> The Morning Prayer lectionary reading yesterday was Isaiah 61, a familiar text which announces ‘the year of the Lord’s favour’. At the start of a new year – and (at least for BLT) our first working day back together – we reflected on our longing for God’s favour in 2021. What might it look like if we dare to dream of life post-pandemic? Whether despite or because of the renewed lockdown currently, and based on the conviction of God’s favour, we NEED to do some dreaming… Isaiah 61 is a classic text that anticipates Israel’s return from exile. Even though the return is only fully fulfilled in the coming of Jesus (see Luke 4), even its original context has striking relevance for our current circumstances. God’s favour brings beauty out of ashes – in the form of good news for the oppressed, freedom for captives, comfort for all who mourn, and a mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. I wonder if you could do with any (or all!) of those at the start of this new year? The promise of Israel’s return from exile was a sign of God’s favour and equipping: not a magic ‘return to… Read More

Churchwarden update

Dear <<First Name>> Welcome to the churchwarden update.   What an absolute joy it was to be able to admit you as Churchwardens at our recent ‘Zoomitations’ during November!  Although we are serving in strange times it was good to spend time with you in prayer and to mark the important position of responsibility that you have been elected to.  Thank you to those of you who have fed back how meaningful our short times together were. We recognise that due to Covid-19 your term of office, unusually, is only for a six-month period.  The Churchwardens training events that we planned at the beginning of this year have obviously had to be cancelled.  Nonetheless our desire is to support you as best we can during your shortened tenure. We are going to offer a webinar early in the New Year for all new Churchwardens, and for any of you continuing in post wishing a refresher.  This will cover the basics of what it means to be a Churchwarden and will be a bird’s eye introduction to the role.  Following this introductory session, we will be holding a few other optional webinars on a variety of topics for anyone to join in… Read More

Parish Brief December 22nd December

‘We always give thanks to God for you all… constantly remembering before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3) In this last briefing of 2020, I want to echo St. Paul’s words to the church in Thessalonica, and to give my heartfelt thanks for all that you have given during this extraordinary and difficult year. From the moment that lockdown began – and even in the past 72 hours since Boris’ announcement on a new tiering system – both clergy and laity alike have demonstrated immense energy and resourcefulness, supporting one another and the wider community in quite remarkable ways. Some such support has hit the headlines, locally and even nationally. Much more has remained quiet, unobtrusive and largely unsung. But the Lord who rewards all who ‘give a cup of water in my name’ sees and knows and rejoices. Of course it’s not been easy, and it’s not got any easier as the months have rolled on. Paul’s opening words to the Thessalonians speak first of their ‘work’, then of their ‘labour’ and finally of their ‘endurance’; and the Greek… Read More

Parish Brief December 15th

Friends, as we approach a Christmas like no other, a line from a familiar Christmas carol has come to mind: not ‘In the bleak midwinter’, though it may have sometimes felt like that in our gloomier moments. Not ‘O tidings of comfort and joy’, though that’s been the inspired choice of the archbishops this year. But the phrase, ‘Brighter visions beam afar’. From the beginning of the millennium, you see, this year – 2020 – has been associated with visions. Taking its cue from the world of the opticians, and deploying a rather obvious pun, every self-respecting business, school, hospital and church has had its 2020 Vision Statement, planning and preparing for this very moment, as 2020 draws to a close. And such planning and preparations are important, of course, if our lives are to be fruitful and purposeful; and 2020 Vision Statements have their place. But what the real 2020 has reminded us is that even if our human vision might be proclaimed as faultless – 20/20 – when we next pay a visit to the opticians; there’s something we need that goes way beyond that: the ability, in the words of the apostle Paul, to walk by faith, not by… Read More

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