Fr Barrie's Trinity-tide letter

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am delighted to be able to write to you with two pieces of good news.  Firstly, St John’s is now open for individual private prayer (click here  for details).  Secondly, our new curate, Mother Laura Ward, will be starting with us at St John’s at the end of the month.  She will be ordained deacon later in the year, when we are able to gather together in churches for worship again.  Until then, she will be working as the curate, and will be getting to know the parish and people through a range of methods:  letter, telephone calls, socially-distanced outdoor meetings and prayer walks around the parish.  Mother Laura will be making a short video to post on our Facebook page and website, and a letter from her is to be found here.

I have also included the collects and readings up until the end of August, which are available here.  We hope that, before then, we might be able to worship together in church and celebrate Holy Communion once more; I will be in touch with the arrangements once we know when and how this will work.  In the meantime, keep praying at home, and following our video worship on the website or on our YouTube channel here.  If you haven’t seen these videos yet, there is one for every Sunday and major Feast Day – ask someone you know who has access to the internet to show you how to watch them.

Some of you have been asking about our former curate, Rev Sarah Cooper.  She has now officially left the diocese, and once we are back together, we will organise a farewell card and gift to send to her.

It was very poignant celebrating “Corpus Christi” this year:  the celebration of the Institution of Holy Communion.  Being unable to receive Holy Communion has been hard for so many of us over the last 12 weeks.  Benediction and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was a lovely way to be reminded that the effects of receiving Holy Communion are eternal and ongoing, and not just a one-off occasion.  We are joined with Christ in this wonderful Sacrament, and experience His real presence in our lives.  I continue to pray that, sooner rather than later, we will all gather together around the Lord’s Table and receive Him there.

If you have any concerns or need shopping or other help, please let me know – we have a team of people who are ready and willing to help out with all sorts of things.  Also, if you know of someone who is very ill or needs extra prayers, do let me know too, so that I can contact them and offer spiritual support.

With my continuing prayers for you all.  Every blessing.    Father Barrie