We want to make plans to get back in church, with wholesome hymn-singing and warmth of fellowship, but it is still not clear when.
The relaxation of social distancing has been delayed until later in July. Even so, there seems to be a lack of clear guidance for indoor singing for non-professional choirs and church congregations. We could make a habit of singing our last hymn outside in the churchyard, but we have tended to save that for special occasions like Christmas and Easter. In the mean time, we are exercising the spiritual fruit called ‘patience’ and trying to wait a little longer……..
We’re finally on the verge of being able to move forward with our new normal, but we will never forget the moments with loved ones that were lost, or the opportunity to say a proper goodbye.
This element of the pandemic weighed on me the most during lockdown, which is why I’m pleased to be able to offer you the chance to properly commemorate the life of your loved one alongside your friends and family.
It was announced from 10 Downing Street on 27th May that HM The Queen has confirmed the nomination of The Venerable Julie Conalty (currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge) to be the next Bishop of Birkenhead, and the Revd Canon Sam Corley (currently Rector of Leeds Minster) to be the next Bishop of Stockport, of Birkenhead.
It is so hard to make plans at present. We have a Government road map but it’s liable to alteration. We have hopes to get back to normal but similar hopes have been dashed previously. For those of us in leadership, those of us in business, those of us wanting to invest in projects and people and future prospects, it’s so hard to make decisions. The risks are high, the outcomes unclear. What can we do?
Having had more than a year in post as vicar of Holmes Chapel, I’m naturally feeling ready to encourage new initiative and direction. Now should be the time to make new plans ……………….
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us,
And clothe your people with power from on high. Alleluia.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits;
Who forgives all your sins And heals all your infirmities;
Who redeems your life from the Pit and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;
Who satisfies you with good things, So that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.