One of the great curses of the pandemic has been the social isolation that has meant many people who live alone have had the most wretched 12 months imaginable. Meanwhile, some of us can only raise a wry smile at the very idea of isolation. I would be grateful for your prayers for middle son, Dan, daughter-in-law, Kirstie and grandson Athan, who having sold their house locally have encountered serious difficulties in securing a new home on the Wirral. As a result, they are currently living with us (and don’t we know it! He may only be 20 months but Athan is the loudest toddler). This coupled with the fact that our youngest and his wife have been living with us for the last five years (having moved in for 3 weeks!) means that peace and quiet is something we can only dream about. Please don’t get me wrong, I know a fortnight after we move, when just the two of us have been rattling around in a four-bedroom house, not able to invite our friends to stay because of Covid, we will be longing for a little child shouting “Daisy!” (I don’t know where he gets the idea that the dog is primarily addressed by being shouted at?). We will take comfort as I hope many of you are able to do in the Lord’s voice that speaks comfort and encouragement to all His children when they make time to listen.
Although there will be no in-person service on Sunday morning, we have pre-recorded a service to be broadcast at 10 a.m. as usual. This can be accessed via the website at any time from 10 onwards.
Greg and Fran’s leaving service
Just in case anyone didn’t see the message on Wednesday, Greg and Fran’s leaving service will be streamed live on Sun 24th at 6.30 p.m. Details about how to access this service will be published in the bulletin on Monday. There will be no other service in person or online that day.
Sunday coffee gatherings via zoom will continue after Greg and Fran’s departure provided there is sufficient demand. The link for this will be published in the bulletin. On the 24th, we will meet a little earlier at 11 a.m. and there will be an opportunity via zoom to say farewell to Greg and Fran. Please contact Greg, one of the church wardens or the parish administrator for the access codes.
Building our Faith Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Our weekly Wednesday evening group begins again on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm on zoom. For four weeks commencing on the 20th, we will be looking at Women in the Bible and the first session will be led by Greg focusing on Esther.
The format for the evening is a brief talk and then a chance to share together, ask questions and discuss the theme for the evening. If you have been part of the group previously, we look forward to welcoming you back; if you have not joined us before or never been to a group like this, now may be the time to think about joining us.
The zoom meeting details are: 812 4505 0020 ID 295068
If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.
Sue Masters, 07958322026, email@example.com
Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services
We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.
If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. A reminder will be sent out to each person that this concerns over the coming weeks. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for Ann Dove following her knee operation; Mike Lynch who on top of everything else has contracted Covid-19 while in hospital; for a speedy and successful roll out of the vaccine.
“The Lord has anointed me to bind up the brokenhearted…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning.” Isaiah 61