Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Killingworth

Letter from the Revd Sarah

My Dear Friends,

This is the letter I never expected to write, and to be honest nothing at Theological College prepared me for ministry during a pandemic.

We are doing all we can to stay connected using social media, email and the telephone. If you do have access to the Internet it might be worth keeping in touch that way, our church FaceBook Page (www.facebook.com/Killingworthstjohn ) is a good place to start.

I am also trialing a way of hosting a Sunday service from my laptop, to join you need to go to www.zoom.us and join a meeting (Meeting ID: 591 032 222 Password: 579821) The meeting will start at 10am on Sunday morning and last approximately half an hour. It is free to join and is a great way of meeting almost face to face! You can also download an app to your smart phone or tablet and use the same meeting ID and password.

I shall also be praying in my study between 9am and 10am each day, I shall not answer my phone at that time, but look forward to calls at other times, please do pass on any prayer requests.

Although we cannot meet for services the church will be open for private prayer at various times, please do bear with us as we sort out details. The first opportunity will be on Saturday morning (21st March) and then on Sundays between 9:30 and 10:30 if you would like to be on a rota do let the wardens know!

Rev Alan has produced a prayer card attached for your use while we cannot in person, so we may still feel connected through prayer.

This is a difficult time and living with uncertainty is hard, however we know that although we might not be able to meet God is with us, wherever we find ourselves. Please keep in touch with each other, practice kindness, and remember that we are all part of the Body of Christ.

May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

With Love

Sarah

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