Over the time of the coronavirus crisis, and while the church is closed, regular updates are being sent to the congregation by email. The following was sent on Thursday 4th June. You can find the text of previous updates at the bottom of the page.
With Pentecost behind us, we are now into Ordinary Time. This is the longest season of the church year, with no great festivals or events to celebrate and remember. Its name doesn't sound very promising -- we don't live in a culture that gives much place to the ordinary, as we are programmed to seek out the next new excitement. But a large part of our life is ordinary, and while it may be difficult to make everyday things like brushing our teeth, emptying the bins, or doing the washing up exciting, we walk a sure path of disappointment and dissatisfaction if we cannot see God in them.
So much of the content of the gospels is a celebration of what is ordinary. The kingdom is likened to seeds, yeast and fishing nets. The life of God is lived out among ordinary people. Jesus's followers who share the good news of his
resurrection are as flawed and ordinary as you and me.
Our own extraordinary/ordinary times
Life at the moment may feel both extraordinary and for a lot of the time oppressively dull. It can be stressful when the advice keeps changing, particularly when We're not in full lockdown any more, but we're not out of it either. We can go out, but we need to keep our distance from the people around us. We want , but it's still uncertain how and when
However, I'm very conscious of the long list of humdrum and ordinary things that need to be done as we move to a place where we can think about reopening our building safely. We need risk assessments and checklists, marker tape and signage, stocks of hand sanitiser and gloves. I cannot overstate my thanks to the wardens in helping to navigateway through this.
Waiting to reopen our building
I want to say two things in this update:
- First of all, I'm sorry It was fully anticipated that the government would say something last week about reopening religious buildings at least for private worship -- and they didn't. So we wait for news from them and from the C of E, as to where we go from here.
- Secondly, when we reopen, on whatever basis (and it is likely to be pretty limited at first), let's remember the number of unexciting, humdrum tasks that need to be carried out behind the scenes to allow this to happen. In some ways this is the essence of ordinary time. Let's use this time to live well and kindly with each other as God would have us do.
One piece of good news that I can share is that the nursery who use our hall are starting back on Monday. They have limited numbers of children coming in, and we have agreed guidelines with them so that
Please do check the website for a simple version of Monthly Matters (now online) and the notice sheet (online tomorrow). I'd particularly like to draw your attention to the notices about online Messy Church, and about applying to the Mission Fund, so
do look out for these.
Services will continue as usual over the weekend and through the week, and we'll be having coffee by Zoom at 11am on Sunday:
Please stay safe and well and as ever, let me or Shirley know if there is anything the church can do to support you at this time.
With love and prayers