A Letter from the Vicar
What have we missed?
During the past 18 months when nothing has been ‘normal’ in our community, in our homes and within the church, there have been several aspects of our Church life that many have missed. The basic opportunity to meet together at services has been one aspect of church life that we missed but it is slowly coming back. I have been so encouraged by the number of people who are gathering both at services on Sundays and at midweek services. Thank you to everyone who has enabled these services to take place. If you haven’t been back yet, do take the plunge. However, there have been certain aspects that at one time were not allowable but are slowly returning.
Communal Worship and Sharing in the Communion
It was not that long ago that we were permitted to enjoy communal worship and it is my perception that after a few weeks of tentatively singing together again, sometimes behind masks, this aspect of church worship has improved, and we are singing better than ever before the pandemic. For several months now, sharing in the Communion has entailed receiving only the bread, although St. Barnabas has adapted the way we distribute the elements to include receiving the bread that has been ‘dipped’ into the wine. I am hoping that, following a discussion at a PCC meeting, we will be able to receive both bread and wine safely at both of our churches.
Times of gathering together for fellowship
Some groups like ‘Sing Together’ (our community choir), have met for a number of weeks now which has been very encouraging to people, and our Parish Lunch Club has restarted with some 35 customers! Also, our Women’s Fellowship group has started back.
For details of these and other groups that are meeting again do get hold of a Monthly Newsletter or scan the pages of this Magazine. Let me encourage you to come back to these and other groups that are now on offer at our churches.
Now that we are much more able to do more, let’s heed the words of Paul:
“do not give up the habit of meeting together as some are doing…
but encourage one another…” (Hebrews 10:25)