I hope you and your family are all well.
I gather I caused some confusion the other week when I mentioned a change of number for the telephone version of the Sunday morning service, I unwittingly gave the impression that the phone number for the Vicarage was changing. It is not! I can see how that confusion arose, so my apologies! It’s that word ‘service’ which has a particular meaning in Church life!
So, for the avoidance of doubt the telephone number for those of you who would like to listen to the Sunday morning 10.30 service the number is 01925 980054. Please publicise this far and wide, especially to those who you know maybe do not have the internet but would be interested in hearing the Sunday service.
We have the option with this new number to provide more services, available at the touch of a button. Just like one of those annoying menus you get when calling you call a business! We could add, for example, audio versions of the Sunday afternoon traditional service of Evensong. Please let me know what you think, and I’ll see what we can do. I can’t guarantee anything since it all depends upon someone being available behind the scenes doing all the technical magic. We would like to build up a team/rota of volunteers who can help with this and other aspects of our online streams so that it doesn’t fall on the shoulder of one or two. If you would like to help, please let Mark Longstaff know – [email protected].
This week the Bible Study Group came to the end of its study of Esther. During Lent it will be looking at the USPG study course on climate justice which I sent out last week. The first session will be on 24<sup>th</sup> February at 7.30pm. You’ll need the Zoom meeting details:- Meeting ID: 873 0988 5456; Passcode: 011017.
Incidentally, we have started to look at our response to the challenge set by the Church of England that all churches should be carbon neutral by 2030. We already use green electricity but there is a lot to do, not least with regard to the heating system. As an initial step, we have commissioned an energy audit which was one of the actions coming out of our recent Quinquennial Inspection. If you would like to delve a bit deeper into how the Church of England is supporting parishes on this please click here and follow the links.
Don’t forget to order your Ash Wednesday packs here. Please do so by 11<sup>th</sup> February at the latest. We’ve already sent out 25 and have just received a new supply of ash!
This Sunday’s service is attached. It will be led by James
With God’s blessing,