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I am writing this at the end of the first week of the UK being in "lock down" so as to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Life seems so strange with meetings cancelled, services of worship stopped and a huge part of society being in isolation. By the time you read this much more may well have developed - who knows? Understandably, many people are very concerned, concerned for themselves and those they love and care for. News from other countries and the amount of media coverage are certainly enough to worry almost anyone. I am also aware that by the time you read this we will not be far from the end of Lent, with Holy Week and Easter following. For the first time in my life-time there will be no Holy Week and Easter services - that is going to be so strange. Read the complete letter
Over the next year or so we are going to try to strengthen our links with local
community groups and charities. We are going to do this by selecting 14 organisations
with whom we already have some connection. Each month we will have a designated charity.
We will give them a small box of chocolates and a card thanking them for the work they
do in the community and saying that we will be praying for them and the work they
On the first Sunday of each month, starting on September 1st we invite you to join us 10.00-10.15 a.m. to pray and some of that time will be for the organisation for the month. However we hope people as individuals will pray for them at other times too.
Each one will be invited to send us some display materials. For our church anniversary 2020 we will have a ‘volunteers celebration’, some sort of fair where the organisations could have stalls and there could be a brief time slot for each to describe the work they do.
As a church we will try to explain our role too.