Minister’s Pastoral Letter June

Dear friends
By the time you read this, we hopefully will have had our first
Sunday service in church for quite a while. It was
recommended that our United Reformed Churches wait to
re-open for public worship until 23 May, Pentecost Sunday.
We are still subject to government guidelines which means at
present still wearing face masks, social distancing and with no
singing in worship but it may be that in the coming weeks we
will be able to discard these measures depending on future
Government announcements.
Just as Spring moves into Summer, we too are slowly and
cautiously coming out of lockdown and re-opening for worship
but we also recognise that each of us are at different stages
ourselves. Some of us will feel confident to move around and
socialise again, others will need a little time to regain that
sense of confidence and we must be sensitive to each other
and allow others the time and space they need.
This seems a good opportunity to pause and say thank you to
each one of you. It has been a long time since we have been
able to meet for worship in person, and some of us may feel
we should have opened sooner, nevertheless, you have shown
great kindness and care for each other in keeping each other
safe and that love and sacrifice seems to me to be a beautiful
thing. I know for many it has been a big sacrifice to make –
some of you have longed to be together for worship and it
makes our future communal worship even more precious. We
pray there will be many more opportunities to come together to
enjoy worship and fellowship in the near future.
This love expressed by keeping each other safe over these
many months reminds me of some words of Jesus to his
followers, “Love one another as I have loved you. By this will 5
all know you are my disciples if you have love for one
another.” (John 13:35). I thank God for your continued
expressions of love for each other.
So, we begin to cautiously look forward, our church anniversary
service on June 13th will be led by Revd Dr Graham Adams, a
tutor at the Luther King Centre, (previously Northern College).
Graham kindly preached at my ordination and he is returning to
celebrate our church anniversary with us. Our church
anniversary reminds us of our history and also the loving
faithfulness of God. God being our firm foundation and his
people being the church.
We give thanks to God who has been faithful so far, and faithful
will lead us on.
Your friend and minister

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