I hope you have all had a good week. It’s certainly been a bit warmer than last week!
Thanks to all those who supported the Ash Wednesday service. In the end we sent out 42 packs.
My thanks also to Hugh (Wallace) for pointing out that I was wrong with the other tune that can be used to for the last two verses of the hymn ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights.’ The correct tune is Buckland, which is used to the hymn ‘Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep.’ Go one – try it out and sing it to yourself, but not too often as it can become an ear worm!
With the lockdown, we obviously cannot hold our weekly Lent lunch in aid of USPG, the Anglican international mission organisation I mentioned the other week. But we can at least continue to give them our support do. We are going to do this in two different ways.
First, the Bible Study Group is going to look at their study course on climate justice. Anglicans across the world are charged to care for God’s creation. Our study will be looking at climate change and justice with input from churches in the Philippines, West Indies, Mozambique, South India and Japan. We should never forget that we in Daresbury are part of a worldwide communion of like-minded Christians who share a common history. This is a great opportunity to learn about their Christian life and perspective on this issue.
In case you have lost the links to the Zoom meeting space we use, here they are: -
Meeting ID: 873 0988 5456; Passcode: 011017. You can also join on the phone on either of these numbers - 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 – you will need to enter the ID and passcode when prompted, so make a note of them before you call.
Secondly, USPG have asked us individually to give £10 to support their education programme in South India. Working with the local churches, they want to provide an educational programme to help students address the environmental issues they face in their daily lives.
They suggest each of us give a donation of £10. So, we have set up a CAF Donate link along the same lines as we did during Christmas. Please go to this link https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/15983 and fill in your details etc. It should only take you a few minutes.
By the way, our #selfiestable and Christingle campaigns raised £200.94 and £233.96 respectively. Thank you.
Tomorrow’s 10.30 service is also attached. It will be led by Gavin. Simon is leading the afternoon service of Evensong at 4.00pm.
With God's blessing