We decided as a PCC to close our churches for Lockdown 3 not because we were forced to but to be a witness and and example in our community. We are planning how to reopen joyfully and safely with a mix of outdoor, online and phone services planned for Holy Week and Easter. We expect to open slowly and steadily after Easter. More details to come.
This Sunday we continue in our new series. “Freedom in Christ”
Our first topic is “Choosing to believe the Truth” reading Hebrews 11.1-13
We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am, both are at the usual link: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
We remember the start of Lent on Weds 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm. Our service will be on Zoom and Youtube at the same time. Please can you try to have a candle available that we will light together. If at all possible it would be good if it is visible to your webcam – so we can see as we light the candles.
On Sunday we start a new series. “Freedom in Christ”
This compliments the course of the same name that we are taking over Zoom on Thursday nights.
Our first topic is “Who am I?” reading 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
We will meet to pray at 10am
The service is on Youtube at 11am at the usual link: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
We remember the start of Lent on Weds 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm. Our service will be on Zoom and Youtube at the same time.
You will have a choice at the usual link: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
If you choose Zoom you’ll be able to participate and will be visible online. If you choose YouTube you will be able to watch the service but you’ll not be visible online.
This week we look at “Jesus through the eyes of Anna” as we celebrate Jesus being presented in the Temple by his parents and the profound encounter with Anna when they get there.
We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray. Can I encourage you to join in if you haven’t been before. it isn’t scary and you may be just the blessing we need this Sunday.
Sarah Maybury will be sadly leaving us to be re-deployed in another parish, yet to be decided in consultation with Bishop Toby. I am sure we would love to offer our grateful thanks for all her gifts and the many areas of ministry that she was involved in. Sarah was licensed to our parish in September 2019 as a new Lay Reader and goes with our blessing to take up new opportunities in leadership and teaching.
This week we look at “Jesus through the blinded eyes of Paul”
Before Saul met Jesus, he couldn’t see him clearly because of mis-understanding and prejudice, but once he was blinded, he could see more clearly who Jesus is. If that seems to make no sense at all – ‘being blinded to see more clearly’ it would be good to come to this service at 11am on Sunday! You can read the story in Acts 9:1-22
We have a Zoom prayer meeting at 10am – time to see each other and interact as well as pray.
This Sunday is also when we would have our Christian Unity Service planned for 24 Jan 6.30 pm. Instead this year it has been suggested we stand in solidarity with the lockdown and pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth. We’ll be doing this together in spirit at 6.30pm
Our Community Pantry launched this week at St Philip’s Church – picture below. We had 17 customers on the first day! You can see how it works and promote it to those in Girlington looking at this page.
There was a real sense of trust that these people placed in us. They paid £5 at the door believing we would give them quality food and essentials – we did! This exciting project is going to be self sustaining which will allow us to provide help in other ways as soon as it is safe to do so. A big thank you to Clare who has worked so incredibly hard to make this happen – it is the first new project to be launched from our Parish Outreach Team that has been meeting and praying during lockdown. (There were 65 customers at the Take Out café in St Paul’s today, so we are helping an increasing number of people in need around our Parish.)
I’m sure you all know that during the current lockdown the Government has allowed Churches to continue to meet for worship. We have decided not to continue worshiping in Churches despite being allowed to do so. We feel that to do so is not really being a good witness in our community that is exposed to all manner of mixed messages. The health and well being of our members and the people of our Parish need to take priority at this difficult time.
This will certainly be disappointing news to some of you – but remember that it will be a profound relief to others.
There are still many occasions where we meet together virtually – please login and meet up with your church family, you will be blessed and so will we.
For the next month or so then we have 4 ways to meet virtually as church:
Wednesday 10.30am – Morning Prayer Phone in
Thursday 7.30pm – Freedom in Christ course
Sunday 10am – Zoom Prayer
Sunday 11am – Youtube Service
All to be found at this link: https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM
Please continue to pray for our church, our city and our nation at this time.
This week we are back at St Philip’s Church.
10am for Prayer
11am for the service of Holy Communion
Please note this will not be Livestreamed, but we will make a return to Youtube from next week 10th January 2021.
Steven Mitchell’s Funeral
Steven’s funeral will be at St Philip’s on Monday 4th Jan at 11am – it will be livestreamed as many who want to be there will not be able to under current restrictions. You’ll find the link and the service in the usual way.
Freedom in Christ
We are hoping and praying that 2021 will be a year of more Freedom for us all. As a church we will be following the Freedom in Christ Discipleship Course. This course has been described as an MOT for your spiritual life. If you’ve not made a New Year’s Resolution yet – what about deciding you can be free! In Christ!…… Yes it really is possible – not only for you, but for those you love.
We begin online on Thursday – 7.30pm. Please come along to the first session. It will be on Zoom – so you don’t even need to leave the house, but we can still be meeting and worshiping together.
The Link to join us is the same as usual – https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM