Youngsters are some of those whose lives have been disrupted most unhelpfully over the last two years, so this month we are doing a project to help the children of Holmes Chapel catch up a bit.
In a time when children may have missed out on out-of-school visits, we can offer a convenient near-to-school visit to see an exhibition which tours the nation. Thanks to the Knitted Bible, provided by an enterprising and ordinary church in Hartlepool, there is an opportunity for all of the children in both primary schools in the village. Every class can take its turn to visit their parish church for 45 minutes.
How can we reach the new generations with the good news of salvation? God had the answer to that question when he sent his only Son into the world as a baby growing in Mary’s tummy. Start young.
This Advent we are hearing from the first chapter of the New Testament in our Sunday teaching. Matthew’s gospel surprises many modern readers by starting with a big family tree or, more accurately, the main suspects in a male line stretching from Abraham to Jesus.
We don’t understand the significance of Jesus’ coming to earth unless we know the main line of the Old Testament. Once we have worked our way from Adam to Abraham to David to the exile to the birth of Jesus, then we have the best chance of receiving the good news of God’s salvation…….
Life is not straightforward at the moment. We have been glad to resume all of our services in church, but the need to be careful has been heightened by the relatively high number of local Covid cases in recent weeks. So we take care. And we are busy planning……
One of our plans is to host the Knitted Bible Experience next February 2022 and invite local primary school children to enjoy the experience.
Another is to resume our tradition of lively busy Christmas services. We are also working with the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council and the Uniformed Organisations to enable a Remembrance Sunday with large participation.
As a church, we are keen to regain momentum and help our community forward…….
It is Harvest Thanksgiving on the first weekend of October. I am always glad to be reminded of the importance of giving wholehearted thanks for the Lord’s provision, which has enabled us to live another year and look forward to the next.
For many of us, it has been a tough year. With some of us, we may look at the state of things and wonder how easy is it to look forward. But we must not let the ‘times in which we live’ dictate the outflow from our hearts. When it is such an ‘up and down’ time, it is even more important to give thanks.
This month it’s time to get back to normal with our church services: the new normal. It’s time to get back to church!!
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.