Superintendent's LetterDecember 2020
I expect our Advent watching and waiting has taken on a different feel this year. The situation we are facing may help us to notice the challenges of living with uncertainty and expectation, especially where we are affected by things beyond our control, which may help us to have greater empathy. I hope that we have noticed the presence and blessings of God touching our lives, even as we have faced the vulnerability which accompanies uncertainty.
Due to the current exceptional circumstances we are offering several circuit services via Zoom during the Christmas period:
Christmas Eve – Thursday 24 December at 6.30 pm
This will be a Zoom service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Christmas Day – Friday 25 December at 11.00 am
Watchnight – Thursday 31 December at 10.00 pm
This Zoom service will include opportunities for people to share testimonies and reasons for thanksgiving. If you would like to share a testimony please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8656 6997 and we will include you in the programme.
Covenant – Sunday 10 January at 3.00 pm
This Zoom service will include Holy Communion. We hope to distribute communion elements to families within our churches who aren’t able to attend church worship so they can share in Holy Communion and fully participate in this act of rededication at the beginning of 2021.
If you would like a Zoom link for one or more of these services please contact me email@example.com or 020 8656 6997. It would be helpful if you could indicate which of the services you would like to join.
We will be able to accommodate up to 500 participants in these services. You will be able to enter the services 15 minutes before they are due to begin so they can start at the appropriate time.
I hope that the four circuit services shown above will help us to remain connected to one another across our circuit, even though we may not join together as we would normally do.
I take this opportunity to thank you for the ways in which we have worked together to face and respond to the challenges and constraints caused by the Covid pandemic. I am encouraged that adversity has helped us to discover new expressions of togetherness within the circuit. An example of which is the amazing figure of £755 we raised to buy voucher gifts for the 99 members of staff at Hall Grange. We pray that these gifts will assure each person that their work is valued and their selfless caring does not pass unnoticed.
Alongside the positive, we also recognise the many experiences of pain and loss, such as feelings of isolation and anxiety due to constraints on worship and fellowship, difficult decisions we have faced, and the passing of those we love.
I pray that we would experience the joy and comfort this Christmas of Emmanuel, God with us, giving us confidence and hope to step into 2021.