Sunday and updates
I am really excited about Sunday as we are planning to stream a live family service from church. We have space for 6 families and about 10 other adults. So if you want to join us at church please let me know. (The families will need to bring a picnic rug and will need to stay on the rug for the 45 minute service. There will be no refreshments but you can bring your own. And finally the guidelines say children under 11 must be accompanied to the toilet).
For the rest please join us by Zoom (or on Facebook)
The first part of the service will be streamed from church. We will then have break out rooms and then the main sermon will be available on YouTube for after break out rooms.
The Faith leaders have agreed that we can open up the Living Room again from Monday but with the following restrictions. Only 6 guests within the church building (with the possibility of 6 outside) and for a reduced time. So we will offer two sessions on a Monday. 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm. Feel free to come down but be aware of our limits, so if you can let us know in advance that would help. Living Room online will continue as usual.
Esther shared her exciting news on Sunday that she has accepted a call to work as Chaplain with Regents Park college, Oxford from September for a year and then from next summer to become the minister of Christ Church Nailsworth. It is really exciting to be part of what the Lord is doing in people’s lives and we rejoice with Esther (and Amanda in her calling) and commit to pray for them as they follow the Lord’s call.
For those at the church meeting you will recall I believe the Lord’s word to us is to Invest, Innovate, Imagine and show Integrity in these difficult times. And thank you for those continuing to respond by investing financially or with time, resources and gifts. And as we shared at the church meeting I am delighted to be able to tell you that:
Suzie Willers has accepted the part time role of community outreach coordinator and will be coordinating, supporting and developing our Toddlers/families and Oasis ministries as well as offering support to the Living Room.
Sue Bright has accepted the part time role of community support worker and will be helping us support the vulnerable and those struggling with mental health challenges. As part of this she will be seeking to set up a Kintsugi hope support group from the church. If you would like to know more about this or want to be involved do talk to Sue.
Unfortunately we are still exploring how to fill the Youth Work coordinator role, so please pray for us. It has stretched our thinking but as I shared at Wednesday midday prayers (still available on Facebook) this is a good thing… Apokaradokia… Philippians 1:20.
This is a Greek word (may be made up by Paul) to describe how he is stretching his faith to see how his lockdown (in prison) will turn out for his deliverance/salvation. The word means literally to turn away from so as to stretch out your head (thinking)… and in our thinking we need to turn away from the negative thinking and stretch our thinking to see how the Lord can use our present situation for our deliverance/salvation. I believe this is true not only for our youth worker position but our present limitations as a church. We need to stretch our thinking and to innovate which brings me finally…
With lockdown measures easing and people trying to return to normal can I remind you of the Government Guidelines that still apply to us and which we must support.
You should only meet people you do not live with in 3 types of groups:
you can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
you can also meet in a group of 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ? public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.
It remains the case ? even inside someone’s home ? that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.
Unfortunately this means most of our church activities can still not happen unless via zoom. The only exception is that we can meet for worship/teaching/care in our church building for which we need to do risk assessments and deep cleaning as agreed by Faith Leaders. And presently the Faith Leaders have agreed Sunday worship and Living Room.
This is ‘stretching’ our thinking but we believe there are a few ways we can be innovative moving forward as I believe these restrictions will be in place until October at least. The one we will be discussing as Faith leaders in a few weeks is the possibility of forming smaller bubbles for discipleship/prayer/pastoral care… but until then can I encourage you as you are able/willing over the summer to encourage one another by:
Meeting up in 6’s outside for prayer and fellowship – some Life Groups/missional groups/youth groups have divided and met in two locations of up to 6.
Meet up with another household for prayer and fellowship as you can over the summer.
Let us encourage one another.
Any questions do get in touch or if you would value a pastoral visit or walk please just ask as this is definitely within guidelines.
Warmly in Jesus,