Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter – 23rd August

My Dear Friends

Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.’
Matthew 16:16

In our gospel Simon Peter recognises and makes explicit who Jesus is.  He declares out loud that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  He has been following Jesus and seen what he has done – watched the healings, heard him preach, seen his care for the poor.  As Christians we are called to declare that we know Jesus as our Lord and as the Son of God, to tell others of what Jesus has done for us and we are called to show that love in action.  I wonder how many times you have spoken to others about our faith in the last week or in what ways you have shown your Christian kindness to the people you have met or been in touch with?

We have now had a series of services in both of our churches and I know that this experience of church has been different and not the same as before with the wearing of face coverings, not being able to sing and the fact that we are unable to have the usual acts of socialising after our services or at other times.  These are the restrictions that have been put in place by the Government in the light of the releasing of lockdown.  As we move into September there are a number of things that we can look into but I am afraid, for the time being, church is going to be a different experience for us all, centred on our worship not on all the other things that we might enjoy as part of our church community.  I too am finding the whole experience frustrating and bewildering but I am encouraged by the sense of fellowship and community there is in amongst us and across the benefice.

Please keep in touch with me with any prayer requests or any other ways that I can support you.  Please be assured that you are all constantly in my prayers and I continue to ask for your prayers as we discover the ways that God wants us to move forward into the future.

Yours in Christ,

Rev’d Stephen

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