TRANSFORMING CHURCH

From the Rector

Please find below a link from the Diocese of Bristol encouraging participation in their conversation about the future direction of the Church of England in our region as we hopefully start to emerge from the pandemic. Alongside the online questionnaire which can be completed by individuals and which I would strongly encourage you to engage with (it takes about ten minutes to complete, or longer if you wish) I am also asking for expressions of interest in attending an online facilitated discussion of the questions raised at either 2.00pm or 7.00pm on Wednesday 14 April via Zoom. I have been trained to facilitate such discussions and will aim to keep to an hour rather than the hour and a half recommended so as to avoid Zoom fatigue! If there is sufficient interest I shall investigate organising break out groups but otherwise chair a discussion with all those on the call at once. I shall then produce a digest of our responses as a team of churches to submit to the Diocese by their deadline of 16 April. If you would like to engage with this online discussion (and do please also complete the online questionnaire) please email me at rector@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk and I shall let you know in due course whether there are enough people signed up for either of the times suggested to make it viable. If you could come back to me by the end of the month (Wednesday 31 March) I would be grateful as I can then have time to confirm whether we are going ahead or not and to supply joining instructions before my post-Easter break.

With love in Christ – Andrew

https://mailchi.mp/bristoldiocese/transforming-church-survey-and-workshops?e=690f8849ea

All-Age services for Good Friday & Easter Day

An All-Age service for Good Friday (multiple voices of children, young people and some adults retelling in reading, song and with objects Jesus’ last days from his arrest to his burial in the tomb) will be available to watch on our You Tube channel at https://youtu.be/-hT9oMAXlLU from 8am on Good Friday

You may like to gather the objects beforehand or to draw them if you cannot find them.
The objects are a sword, a piece of paper with ‘GUILTY’ written on it, some twigs in a small container, a crown, a piece of paper with ‘Jesus’ written on one side and ‘BARABBAS’ written on the other side, a dice, a piece of paper with ‘King of the Jews’ written on it, a sponge (I used a kitchen scourer with the scourer bit taken off), and a stone.

On Easter Sunday, a very short service of a Bible reading, a song, moving the stone in an Easter Garden, and a prayer will be available to watch from 8am. click on this link: https://youtu.be/lHJ78SR9tNc

Before this you may like to make an Easter Garden. To make a simple Easter Garden, find a small container about 30cm or more across and with a depth of a few centimetres, place a small plastic cup or toilet/kitchen roll (for Jesus’ tomb) in one half of the dish and cover it and roughly half the dish with soil. Find a stone to block the entrance of your cup or toilet/kitchen roll. In the other half you can put small stones or more soil with a pebbly path to the entrance of the tomb. Find six small twigs and make three crosses to stick in the soil behind the tomb. Decorate the soil with plants, green leaves, or moss. Many examples of differing complexity can be found on the internet. Alternatively, you can draw an Easter Garden.

LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION

Last updated 10 April 2021

Although lockdown is being gradually eased we still have a reduced the number of Public Worship services in our team  – please see our Services page for the latest details of public worship services within the Team and Zoom on-line services; visit Services for Children for Early Birds on-line (YouTube/Facebook) services.  We also offer an on-line bible study course – see further down this page.  Please note these details may change.

Keeping in touch
A  weekly newsletter, replacing the current Corsham Weekly Information Sheet, Church News and Lacock Pew News, will be published on a Saturday giving more information.  This will be emailed to those who have signed up to receive Team News.  You can be added to this distribution by emailing office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk. Copies of these newsletters can be found at: TEAM NEWS. Latest issue 16/21 dated 11 Apr 21

OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER 
Neston church will be open for individual private prayer on Sundays 11am to 1pm and Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm.

Please note that only parts of each church may be accessible, and you will be requested to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit. Social distancing measures apply, and it is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering (visors alone are regrettably not considered a face covering unless worn with a mask) in places of worship and church halls, unless a relevant exemption applies. We regret we are also unable to  provide Bibles, prayer books etc. Whilst you are welcome to meet friends in the churchyard (within current social distancing rules) please do not arrange to meet anyone outside your household bubble inside a church.  

On-Line Bible study
Bible study on Ephesians: The (on-line) Bible study group will be resuming on Wednesday 14 April at 11am on Zoom for a six session study of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. You will automatically be invited if you have attended before or attended one of the Lent courses, but please contact Revd Andrew if you would like to be invited for the first time (rector@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk).

More info at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

 

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