Newsletter 31st January 2021

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 Candlemas, 31st January 2021

 

‘My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ Luke 2.30-32.

 

This Sunday we remember the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem.

The Gospel of Luke says that Jesus was met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon held Jesus and called him a Light to the World.

The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were traditionally blessed. This ancient festival occurs half way between the winter solstice (shortest day) and the spring equinox, so the earth is on the turn. We can all pray for light breaking into our world, especially as we reached the grim milestone of 100,000 covid deaths in the UK this week. Our prayers for light and hope are never more needed. We have an extra online Sunday service this week at 6pm – the Big Sing! A time to joyfully and reflectively turn ourselves to the light of Christ.

Bring a candle with you to both our Sunday Zoom services, which we will light together during our worship. 

The PCC has decided that we will continue to worship only online throughout February. We do hope that we will able to resume in person services during March if the lockdown eases. Many thanks to you all for bearing with these changes.

 

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,

light of the nations and glory of Israel:

make your home among us,

and present us pure and holy

to your heavenly Father,

your God, and our God.

 

Readings

Malachi 3.1-5
Psalm 24.[1-6]7-10
Hebrews 2.14-18
Luke 2.22-40

 

The Big Sing!

Join us on Zoom for a special Good Shepherd singing service to bring some light into our world, this Sunday 31st January, 6pm.  You can also watch on You Tube and Facebook. Why not invite a friend to join us? Bring a candle with you to the Zoom service.  The link is under Services this Week.

 

Children

Daisy is providing Sunday school by post. Children can expect to receive especially prepared activities through the front door ready for the service of Candlemas this week. If you’d like to see what the children are doing, a copy is attached to this email.

 

Tea and Fellowship at 4pm helps us stay in touch during these winter months. Thank you to Judy Short for hosting these gatherings – just what we need during lockdown! Make yourself a cuppa and join on this Zoom link.

Join Tea and Fellowship -   CLICK HERE

 

Meeting ID: 876 6771 6499

Passcode: 843226

 

Christian Aid Conference

If you would like to know more about the work of Christian Aid you can attend the ‘Virtual Supporters’ Conference’ which will be held between 22nd and 26th February 2021.

The Supporters’ Conference will be a great time to find out more about Christian Aid Week – a campaign that will focus on the climate crisis in Kenya. There will be lots of different sessions focussing on a wide-variety of subjects such as fundraising, theology, campaigning, prayer and being a part of a wider movement for change. 

This link will tell you more about it:

http://caid.org.uk/supporterconference2021

 

 

Church Quiz Night

 

We’re delighted to be offering a church online quiz night! Thanks to Martin Devereux for masterminding this event.  You will be put into a team on arrival. Here’s the Zoom link.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165527188?pwd=RnhtaDJtalI5WEhTR0lWcXpPK2tRZz09

Meeting ID: 891 6552 7188
Passcode: 688048

And finally…

Lent groups will be happening this year, but we will have to meet on Zoom rather than in each other’s homes.  We’re currently exploring what material works best for us.  I do hope you’ll be able to join a Lent group as we journey towards the cross.

My hours as Associate Vicar are half time and my working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday mornings. Please do get in contact if you need any prayer or support. Blessings and prayers for you this week. Revd Jane Email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com. Tel: 079355 38085.

 

Services this Week

Sunday, 31st January

10am – Holy Communion on Zoom with Revd Jane and Revd Steve.

 

We ask you to join 15 minutes before the service if you’re

new to Zoom. You’ll need a laptop, desktop, tablet or

smartphone with built in camera and to be connected to

the internet. You don’t have to buy any new software or

register for Zoom services. You click on this link and then

follow the prompt. This is the same link each week.

 Click here LINK

 

Meeting ID: 839 0035 2820

Password: 057057

 

There is a second option to join by dialling in on a

telephone, either landline or mobile. You won’t have video

connection, but you will be able to hear the service and

speak. You dial 0203 4815240 and follow the prompts. The

meeting ID and password are as above.

 

Alternatively from 3pm you can watch parts of the service

later on Facebook or our You Tube page.

 

Our You Tube page CLICK HERE

 

Our church Facebook page CLICK HERE

 

6pm -  The Big Sing for Candlemas on Zoom

 

Join The Big sing by CLICKING HERE

Meeting ID: 824 9902 0230

Passcode: 568206

 

Tuesday, 2nd February

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Jane.

Click link here.

Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329

 

Thursday 4th February 7pm –

Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147

 

Friday 5th February

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom

(No password is needed for this one)  Click here LINK

Evening Prayer

This is said at 5.30pm from St Marys via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm. If

you want to attend contact Canon Ann for the

link. Email: annwaizeneker@gmail.com

 

To donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you!

 

 

Notices for the newsletter should be emailed to Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon

 

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