It is very exciting this week to be able to announce that Trimley church can be opened for private prayer! If you are a visual person like me, you will have missed praying in the beautiful spaces of our parish churches.
Although the lockdown is easing, it will be some time before we can hold services of worship again, and communion maybe even further away. We will continue to follow government and diocesan advise.
When we do start to return, people talk of the ‘new normal’. It is clear that we are emerging into a different world and for us as churches it will present us with an opportunity to engage with our parishes in different ways. During the lockdown phase, our services both on Zoom and Radio have reached people who would not normally come into our church buildings.
I am also your new Rector! Having been in post for six months now, most of this time has been under lockdown so I have not been able to get to know you as much as I would have liked and plan how we might work together in the years to come.
We have some questions answer, such as;
− As we return back for worship, how do we continue to connect with those people?
− Where is God already working in our benefice, and where is he leading us in the future?
These are big questions, that will dictate how and what we do as we return back to the ‘new normal’. Our PCC’s and Ministry team are committed to seeking out God’s will for our churches, but we are really missing a vital component… you!
As we move forward together, it is important that we all journey this path together. We need to reflect on scripture, pray together and ponder where God might be leading us next. Each of our churches are unique and offer something different, but for this part of the journey we need to walk together as a benefice.
I am inviting you to join with four sessions in July that we are calling ‘Growing in God Together’. It will be an hour of pondering on ‘The Great Commission’ from Matthews Gospel and include guided prayer on our future.
To ensure that as many people can join in from our churches as possible, we are offering them in the following ways:
Our sessions will be held once a week via Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent out nearer the time. If you do not like video conferencing, you can call into the session using a freephone number. If those options do not work, we can email you a copy of the session that you can do at home and send in responses. Finally, we can post a copy of the session through the door if you do not have email.
The Zoom sessions are every Tuesday in July as follows:
7.30pm -8.30pm, with the option for chat afterwards if you want until 9pm.
I hope that you feel like you are able to join in. You may be feeling that this does not apply to you... but it does! Please let Georgina know by emailing her that you would be part of this discernment, and she will send you joining instructions nearer the time. Office contact details are at the end of the Connect.