Wardens Parish News 28/29 May
As we near the end of our second week in Level 2 and restrictions on the size of gatherings are increased, we are working on the plan to reopen St Barnabas.
On Thursday we will attend a Zoom meeting to be held by the Diocese outlining what the latest announcement means for our churches and sharing some different examples of church in action during Level 2 and beyond. Once we have these details the wardens and vestry will be better able to plan for reopening St Barnabas. If you would like to express a view on when and how we should re-open please email us to let us know your thoughts.
As we will not be able to open the church this week to celebrate Pentecost Sunday together we would like to share with you the words of the Pentecost collect so you may pray them together with friends and family knowing that your church family also are praying the same words.
Holy Spirit of God, blowing through creation:
No door can keep you out.
Unlock our hearts, breathe on us anew;
That we may speak God’s words of life,
With the Father and the Son, you live and reign,
One God now and forever. Amen
The online services continue:
Sunday 10am - Movementonline
Thursday 10am St John’s https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4229797699 This is also the link for the Sunday morning virtual coffee and fellowship at 11:00 a.m.
Last Sunday as part of her sermon Bishop Ellie shared her recent health journey with us. On Tuesday next week she will be undergoing surgery and her medical teams have told her to expect least a 6-week recovery time. Bishop Justin has asked us all to keep not only +Ellie in our prayers but her family as well. We will keep you updated with any further news.
If you would like to take part in Thy Kingdom Come 21-31 May there are some resources available from the Diocese –just go to https://movementonline/thykingdomcome. There is also a 24/7 prayer room available.
Finally, we have some words on Pentecost from Joy Cowley taken from her book ‘Psalms for the Road’
You didn’t come in a great wind or swirling tongues of fire,
But with a touch as gentle as the wing of a butterfly.
Yet we instantly knew You,
Our recognition much older than words,
And we opened like flowers to the sweetness of the moment.
Then it was over. The sun continued its path across iron roofs,
birds flew in and out of the fig tree and the neighbour’s dog, nose down
vacuumed smells from the footpath.
But no, not over, for this remains,
the light that stiches all things into a shimmering oneness,
so that we lose ourselves in sun, houses, tree, birds, dog,
and we know, as we stand here on holy ground
that nothing will ever be the same again.
Echoing Joy’s words, we all know nothing will ever be the same again in our current world, but we stand on holy ground – take care, be kind to each other and yourself.
John and Lee
John 021 734 121 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee 021 029 91480 - email@example.com