August 2021 letter

August 2021 letter

Dear friends,

It is time for plans to come to fruition.

For a while we have been seeking to replace our church organ, previously characterised by the diocesan advisor as ‘not worth maintaining or repairing’. Since October 2020 we have so happily seen the Organ & Lighting Appeal receive donations from many supporters, such that we now have enough for the Organ side of the work. In late July, our previous organ was dismantled and removed from church. This month our specialist contractors, Cartwrights will be building the replacement organ and installing the new console.

While the work is being done, the church will need to be closed. From Friday 6th August to Friday 27th August our church services will be held in the church hall.

July 2021 Letter

July 2021 Letter

Dear Friends,

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……..

June 2021 Letter

June 2021 Letter

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 ……………….

May 2021 Letter

May 2021 Letter

We do well to hear God’s Word in Ephesians 4:2 through the coming weeks. Coming out of a series of lockdowns will be disorienting. Many people are struggling with their general wellbeing. It’s exciting for many and good for all of us that society is becoming more social again, but we will need to be careful……… not so much about the continuing vigilance with the virus (although there is that), but more about showing care for others. We need to be full of caring.

Ephesians 4:2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This teaching was written to address the need for the Christians in Ephesus to treat one another very well in testing times, as it continues “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

April 2021 Letter

April 2021 Letter

Dear Friends The first Easter was such a disruptive time for the fledgling Christian church. We usually experience Easter as a reassuring reminder and a time which brings Christians together with a depth of joy and comfort. But the first Easter scattered the followers...