Vicar's update 5th JanuarySteve Newbold1

Jesus said: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
            Matthew 11:28-30
As we begin this New Year I sense that we are all weary and even overwhelmed by a virus that is again spiralling out of control and dominating our lives in every way.  A member of the leadership team suggested to me that this familiar Bible verse might be one to encourage us all; I agree and suggest that we all keep hold of it in the coming months.  Maybe write it out and put it somewhere where you will see it each day and pray that Jesus would uphold you as he has promised?
Last night we heard the Prime Minister introduce a new National Lockdown.  This is slightly different from the previous lockdowns as public worship is this time permitted.  You may have heard that because of the deteriorating situation in London a number of local churches have decided to suspend or reduce their public services.  Having consulted with the Churchwardens we are doing something similar and the 11am Service will, for now, be livestreamed only.
Many of the regular 9am congregation told me on Sunday that they remain keen to come to church and so for the time being we will retain the 9am Communion service in Church for those who wish to attend - please book as usual.  Please note that no one who said that they wanted to come is under an obligation to do so and those who have been told to shield or are defined as critically vulnerable should not attend, nor should any who display any of the identified symptoms of possible Coronavirus.  We will keep this under review.
For the foreseeable future our Wednesday 11am Communion will also be held on Zoom on the usual code. 

Our monthly first Prayer Meeting of 2021 will be held tomorrow Wednesday 6th January at 8pm on Zoom – do ask for the joining details.   This is a critical time for us to be praying together so please come if you are able.
With my love and prayers at this difficult time.