The Holy Week services will be streamed live on Rev'd Christine's YouTube channel. We have a new camera which is sharper, but the volume is louder so be ready with your volume control.
Rev'd Christine's channel is here
Tuesday 30th March 10am
Wednesday 31st 10 am
Maundy Thursday 7pm
Good Friday 9.30 am (Zoom service for young people)
YouTube service by Churches together in Lees and District, link to follow.
2pm Liturgy of the Day
Easter Eve 8pm
Easter Day 9.30am
Please email Rev'd Lyn if you would like to book a place. For the Zoom service please contact Rev'd Amy Elizabeth.
First of all, in my last blog, I showed you a picture of a stone by a rabbit hole, I asked you what you thought this was according to Archie. It was of course a refrigerator for Peter Rabbit. I must stress it was a refrigerator and not a fridge. Who knew rabbits needed such things.
Well, I have tried to upload some pictures for this weeks but for some reason, my computer isn't playing ball. You will just have to use your imagination.
Last Monday, after a very dreary and dull weekend (weather-wise), Archie and I went for a walk. We didn't wander too far, exploring the lane not far from my bungalow. Needless to say after all the rain there was copious amounts of puddles for Archie and nana of course to splash in.
It was lovely to hear the squelch of our wellies as trampled in the mud beside the puddles. One puddle was so deep and full of mud that it surged over the top of Archie's wellies. He was not at all perturbed by this and thought it was great fun.
A little further along the lane, there was a shallow puddle and a tiny little sparrow was having a wonderful time splashing and preening himself. The children in nearby school had just come out to play and it was very uplifting to hear them laughing, and shouting as they played. Not something we have heard very much of in the past year.
Whilst we were out walking Archie collected stones and took great delight in throwing them into puddles and watching as the water is sprayed everywhere. He has become very discerning about which stones are acceptable or not. The bigger the better.
As we wandered further down the lane Archie and I stopped to listen to the birds. They were certainly enjoying the morning sunshine as they sat in the hedgerow and treetop branches chirping away.
We thank you for the simple pleasures of life, help us not to take these pleasures for granted.
As winter gives way to spring, Edna's garden is full of the signs of new life as you can see from the pictures above.
Thank you Edna for sending these beautiful pictures showing various spring flowers that have sprung into life in your garden.
Did you know that the word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten meaning "lengthen" and refers to the lengthening days of spring. Laudate Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of Lent which is also Mothering Sunday. In most churches, it is a tradition for children to give flowers to their mothers.
There is new life all around us if we take time to stop and look. And so we look forward to Easter when Jesus was crucified but rose on the third day, giving us new life.
And now for something completely different, it's competition time again.
Last week I spoke about the imagination of children. On a visit to Tandle Hill Country park, Archie saw a rabbit hole. He said, "Peter Rabbit lives there". What do think Archie said the rock next to the rabbit hole is?
All answers on a postcard to church, or alternatively to
Earlier today I came across this prayer from Christian Aid. It speaks of those obvious and of some not so obvious people who are helping us through, those who have a played massive part and those who have only played a tiny part It then speaks of those who are most likely to have suffered the hardest during the pandemic. Yet through it, God has been, still is and will be with us every step of the way.
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercessions
For the health workers tending the seriously ill
for the scientists working on a vaccination
for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends
for the media outlets working to communicate reality
for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers
for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning
for the singing from balconies by locked-down communities
for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness
for the notes through letterboxes offering help and support
for the internet and telephones and technology that connects
for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important
Thanks be to God.
For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones
for those who were already very anxious
for those immune suppressed or compromised
for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions
for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories
for those watching their entire income stream dry up
for those who have no choice but to go out to work
for those who are afraid to be at home
for those who are more lonely than they’ve ever been
for those who are bereaved and grieving.
God be their healer, comfort and protection,
be their strength, shield and provision
be their security, safety and close companion
And raise up your Church
to be your well-washed hands and faithful feet
to be present to the pain
to respond with love in action
if even from a safe distance.
More prayers can be found here