I just want to let you know about a new resource I’ve been putting together this week. I know that many of us are missing gathering together to worship each week, I’m certainly missing you all! I’ve been wrestling with whether to start streaming services online, but given the demographics of our congregations I’m still not sure that’s really the best way forward – there are several churches in the area doing that really well so if that is something you’d like then let me know and I can point you in the right direction.
What I have decided to do instead is to set up a new telephone number which you can phone at any time in the week and hear a recording of a short service/reflection. At the moment I plan to put up a ‘Sunday Service’ each Sunday and then a short act of Compline/night prayer each Thursday. Once they are put on the system the recordings will stay there until they are replaced so you can phone at any time and hear the most recent recording. Hopefully this will be a helpful and accessible way of continuing to worship ‘Together at Home’.
The number to call is:
(calls will cost your standard local rate)
If you have the capability to record yourself speaking and would be happy to contribute the odd bible reading/prayer from time to time then please do let me know. Likewise, if you have any suggestions about other things we could be doing during this time then get in touch.
Following guidance from the Church of England, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all church meetings and services in the AMICA Benefice until further notice. This includes the Calverhall PCC meeting tonight, and our Mothering Sunday services this weekend, and we are very sorry for any sadness or disappointment this causes.
All of our Churchyards, and some of our Churches, will still be open daily for prayer and reflection, and we would encourage you to make use of them. We are also encouraging people to join us in praying wherever you are at 9am and 9pm each day.
I know that these are anxious times, but your church has been here to support you through plagues and famines, World Wars and Civil Wars and we will be here for you through this! Please be assured of our prayers for all our communities, and if there is anything (practical or spiritual) that we can help with please don’t hesitate to contact Rev’d Rich on (01630) 639576 or email@example.com.
At Pat Davies’ funeral yesterday I read these words which I think are very appropriate for us at the moment:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God,
That shall be better to you than light, and safer than a known way”
Yours in Christ,
Rev’d. Rich Clarkson Rector of the AMICA Benefice
(Adderley, Moreton Say, Ightfield, Calverhall and Ash)