Welcome to our Parish Magazine, it’s so good to be back in print. Who would have believed at the start of the year how things were going to be.
It was a great sadness to have to close the Church at the end of March and although we were able to meet via the internet for services, Kids Groups and House groups this was not an option for everyone. It was a great joy to be able to re-open the Church for private pray in July and then to start having Holy Communion services again in August beginning on a Thursday morning and now our fortnightly Sunday service. The Church building conforms to all the COVID19 safety measures which means sanitising hands on the way in, wearing a face mask and sitting 2 metres apart but in these difficult times we feel this is a small price to pay for the chance to worship together and celebrate Holy Communion.
‘For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.
These words were written by the prophet Jeremiah from Jerusalem to the Israelites who had been taken away in to slavery in Babylon circa 626BC. He was inspired by God to offer them hope during a time of great change and despair. Each of us has been through our own time of change and for some despair but we too, like those ancient Israelites should take comfort from Gods words in the knowledge that despite the events that over take us and the mistakes we make God is in charge and if we live our lives believing and trusting in Him we can have hope for the future.
May God bless you with His peace in the days ahead.
Elizabeth Walklett – Church Warden