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Rev'd Sarah NesbittMINISTRY IN LOCKDOWN

Navigating new ways in the wilderness (cf. Isaiah 43:19)

Over the past few months the COVID-19 pandemic has raised all sorts of emotions and questions. It has been devastating in terms of the death toll, even with all the precautions taken, which will be subject to much review and discussion over the coming months. We pray for all those who have been affected, in whatever way. Life has changed forever. What has emerged is fascinating. We see the best and the worst behaviours, people sharing and giving generously on the one hand, while others buy and hoard. There are many blessings coming out of this new way of living as well as the downsides of isolation. Plenty on which to reflect and more than I will attempt here.

From a practical point of view, it has certainly been a really steep learning curve in terms of how we are ‘church’. We are all called to minister with people, ‘with’ being the important word. How does that work when you cannot be physically present with someone? By telephone, by email, snail mail, a friendly wave when someone drops off the shopping or the now ubiquitous Zoom, which seemed to appear out of nowhere? Through prayer and worship too.

Between Robert and I, we have come, over the weeks, to a place of offering a daily service of worship, with a Eucharist on Sunday and Wednesday and Morning Prayer on other days. This pattern emerged gradually as first the gathering of people together in church ceased and then the churches themselves were closed. Alongside our offerings, the Diocese has been making online services available and now we have the Daily Hope phone line, for those who do not have access to the internet. People are ‘visiting’ other churches, making choices about how and where they worship as never before.

Over the coming weeks and months, the lockdown will hopefully be eased and things will change, but will probably never go back to how they were before. That throws up some opportunities to think about what we value about our particular worship in this benefice. We are reaching people for whom attendance at church has not been possible, through illness or frailty for example. But we cannot offer everything we do now as well as everything we had before and choices will need to be made. We will be praying about this and would appreciate your thoughts too, before the lockdown restrictions are eased. We can’t predict the future but we can consider our options.

If God is making new ways in the wilderness and new rivers in the desert, where will they flow and how do we navigate them? Let us know what you think.

Reverend Sarah

Services for 29th June to 5th July 2020

Morning Prayers Monday 29th June 2020

Morning Prayers Tuesday 30th June 2020

Mid Week Eucharist, Wednesday 1st July 2020

Streaming link: Mid Week Eucharist 1st July 2020

Bible Study is:
Topic: Bible Study
Time: Jun 24, 2020 10:45 London
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Morning Prayers Thursday 2nd July 2020

Morning Prayers Friday 3rd July 2020

Morning Prayers Saturday 4th July2020

Eucharist Sunday 5th July 2020

Streaming link: Eucharist Sunday 5th July

After service coffee:
Topic: After-service coffee and catch-up
Time: Jun 28, 2020 10:45 London
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