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.
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.