From the Curate's Study - an update
Hello my friends,
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Hello my friends,
Hello my friends,
There is so much happening over the next few weeks it is going to take some text to list it all, but there are worse problems to have; as a Mission Community we have lots to look forward to:
Our Sunday services continue in our terrestrial churches and I am pleased to report so far all is going quite well. Clearly, in this strange new season, we are still experimenting with what works as far as social distancing is concerned but we seem to be getting the hang of it and owe many thanks to our PCC members who are doing the hard work of stewarding. The current rota system will run for the rest of July and August and we then intend to move back to a broader spread of services through September, probably re-introducing some communion services (as per Diocese guidelines - no sharing of the peace, no common cup etc). Once again I must stress: no-one should feel under any pressure to attend services, nor latterly should they feel under any duress to take communion.
Our sermon series starts today - both in our online service and our church building. Over 8 weeks members of our congregation will be preaching on a topic and verse of their choosing. Last year’s series was excellent, so we are looking forward to this one, as follows:
This week - Ian Spicer
26th July (Talaton) Bett Donald
2 Aug (Whimple) Simon Carter
9th Aug (Clyst Hydon & CSL) Jude Carter
16th Aug (Whimple) Mark Beedell
23rd Aug (CSL & Talaton) Rebecca Dominy
30 Aug Sunday Social
6th Sept (Clyst Hydon, Talaton and Whimple) Phil Dominy
13Sept (Location to be confirmed) Michael Moore
As we move into September and beyond you will also notice a change in how the new service rotas are organised. Previously we have had a Mission Community service only on a fifth Sunday, then during the last month every week has been a sort of shortened Mission Community service. From September and going forward there will be a Mission Community service every month, no matter how many Sundays it has and on any fifth Sunday we will be experimenting with what we are calling 5th Sunday Socials – some sort of non-churchgoer-friendly social event which can also move around the parishes and might range from a tea party to a BBQ or a walk or anything else people can imagine (watch this space for details).
Also in the planning stage, a 24hr prayer event. It is always a good time to pray and at the moment, as we try to work our way through what a post lockdown church might look like, I am convinced it is a better time than ever to seek God's plan for our churches, so a group are getting their thinking caps on and planning a 24hr period of prayer event at the end of Aug/beginning of Sept.
Speaking of prayer, Ian Spicer has been running the very effective interactive telephone service for some months now and is seeking to have some other voices to help run it. As per my previous sermon on 'being you', you don't need to be ordained to do this type of thing or be training as a reader, just have a bit of time and a heart to serve. Please contact me if you fancy having a go. It isn't a permanent commitment, more of a job share – but who knows where it might lead? AND most importantly, don't forget the service will be running again this Thursday. PUT the date in your diary because, if you are like me, some weeks the time just runs away with me. If you are unsure how to join, email me –
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