One of the highlights of my week hitherto is the weekly drop of good news circulated by Pete Honeyball which is really good, as it enables stories from around the Circuit to be passed on.
Now, in these more challenging times good news seems more scarce and as almost all our activity has been suspended there is not much to celebrate or potentially even to write about. You churches will have received the latest advice from the Connexion which has further curtailed our activity so we cannot even open the church for prayer.
However, there is good news. The streamed service from Aylesbury gathered over 100 connections. I've no idea what that means in terms of people watching but I have received emails from around the circuit and beyond, thankful for the service being available and feeling sort of normal. For the time being we are being allowed to continue. Please advertise around your community.
The link is on the HOME and HOME WORSHIP pages, where people will need to click or tap the link and then hopefully all will happen. Pictures should come through from about 10.25 am each Sunday morning. There is also a backlog of previously-recorded services.
Also the staff are meeting virtually, to look at how we can enable and encourage our folk in the midst of these peculiar days. We are mindful of trying to equip the journey and how we can respond to those who do not have internet access.
Last Sunday I alluded to our being custodians of hope in these times, I think this is really true. Our core message is one of great hope and this should inspire us on our way. We are called to bring light into the darkness, a challenge to those drowning under toilet rolls, pasta and rice, hope to those who are frightened, comfort to those who are alone. This is a time to realise what a blessing a telephone, a good neighbour or even a smile is.
Let us all pray in the living of these days that the dispersed church will grow closer together and that in the midst of our new reality folk will seek hope and be enabled to reconnect with God, whose love is revealed in Jesus Christ.
A few points following on from our Sunday worship
There are three virtual house groups meeting with folk from around the circuit. If you would like to join one please let me know and I will send you an invitation will provide you with details of how to install zoom (quite straightforward) as well as an access code so you can join the group. We are looking at the Lord's prayer, nothing too heavy I assure you
Secondly if anyone is interested in being part of a virtual prayer group could they let me know
Some churches and circuits are having a virtual coffee gathering on zoom after service on a Sunday.
I gather people can be subdivided into groups. I could explore this if enough folk were interested or hopefully someone will know more than me. Let me know if you would welcome this.
Also, to say that I if your church has any notices needing delivering again please let me know
To keep you informed there is a meeting this week of representatives of all the circuit churches looking at the road map to re-opening our buildings. More details will hopefully be passed through the various church networks
Also following on from Sunday if you have any questions or comments following on from the service , or indeed other questions that have arisen at this time or that have been in your mind for a while, please do ask. It does not matter how trivial and we will try to help where we can. These could be Biblical, theological or practical, so anything from where does the Bible speak about relationship with the civic authorities, to is there such a thing a s a just war to why do some churches remove all flowers and banners during lent
Can I also thanks you for all your doing in the name of Christ in these challenging times
Bring life into our worship that we might praise you more fully
Bring hope to our hearts that we might be devoted to prayer and contemplation
Bring us peace that we might learn to love ourselves as well as others
Bring vision that together we might follow your calling content where necessary to leave the familiar and embrace the renewing journey to which you call.
In the name of Jesus.