Set out below is the Rev`d Alison Hardy`s first letter to our Parish Community and the first in this New Year. As well as the letter itself, you will find, by scrolling down, a Zoom invitation to the Licensing ceremony of both Alison and the Rev`d Nikki Farr, and also both Alison`s and Nikki`s contact details.
Important information on upcoming Prayer Group meetings is given as well as lots of other information, including the Lent course for this year entitled `The Lent Character Course` so please read the whole letter if possible.
It is with delight I write this first newsletter to you as your new priest-in-charge. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to know you as parishes, individuals and communities in the coming months and years. At the moment it is difficult to meet face to face - and we need to be very careful that our actions protect ourselves and others. Because of this, we will have to ‘meet’ online or through phone calls, by email or through the postal service. Please do feel free to contact me in any of these ways, my contact details are below.
Of course, this is not going to be an easy year. It is a year in which the pandemic will dominate our lives. It will be a time of hardship for many, of suffering and grief, of loneliness and anxiety. We will continue to miss friends and family and social activities. It is a time to support our neighbours and our local communities. It is a time for acts of compassion and looking out for one another. Above all, it is a time for prayer, for leaning upon our God, for praying on behalf of our hurting world, for drawing from his strength as he shares our pain, and for growing deeper in our faith as we learn to trust him.
One of our priorities is prayer: prayer for our parishes and for our nation; prayer for God’s help and blessings; prayer for one another. Prayer is worship and prayer is also pastoral care. In prayer we give thanks to God. In prayer we intercede on behalf of others. May I encourage you to pray: both to God — and for, and with, one another? I would love to see prayer groups in every church when it is safe to meet in this way (see Local Prayer Groups below). If there is anything I can do to help encourage you to develop your prayer life please do ask. There is so much to learn about prayer that this will always be a shared journey.
During November, and again in January, we held an online course: The Prayer Course. The teaching materials are all free and continue to be available on-line. The book related to the course is How to Pray by Pete Greig, a fascinating read even without doing the course. The book can be purchased from the Christian Bookshop in Launceston (please phone Mike Stearns on 01566 772047 to order during lockdown). Prayer ideas are included with the course and we can print and post these to you if you cannot access them on the internet. You may like to work through the book and prayer responses with a friend.
Our Lent course follows on from The Prayer Course. It is called The Character Course and similarly includes prayerful responses to put into practice in our Christian lives. The aim of the course is to reflect on our spiritual walk with God as His people and to put into place small attainable steps of action and prayer that will make a difference both to ourselves and to those around us. Again, we will have to hold the course online for now, the details can be found below.
My prayer for you this February is that you will know God in your everyday lives, and feel held and cherished by him in the power of his Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
The licensing of Rev’d Alison Hardy as Priest in Charge, Davidstow, Egloskerry w Tresmere, Laneast, North Petherwin, St Clether, Tremaine & Trewen; Team Vicar of Launceston and of Rev’d Nicki Farr as Assistant Curate of the same parishes will take place online on Monday 22nd February at 7.30pm. The service is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2159027366 Meeting ID: 215 902 7366 Please pace and put in browser to join.
For those who need to phone in rather than via internet – 02039017895 (using the meeting ID above, no password required).
Rev’d Alison Hardy
landline at present 01566 772771 (Launceston Parish Office)
mobile 07780 295752
email: [email protected]
present address for correspondence: Parish Office, St Mary’s Church Hall, Tower Street, Launceston, PL15 8AR
address from 22nd February: The Vicarage, Egloskerry, Launceston, PL15 8RX
Rev’d Nicki Farr
The Vicarage, 2 Church Lea, Launceston, PL15 8QZ
email: [email protected]
New! Local Prayer Groups
The Prayer Course has been running as a Deanery wide online Prayer course through November and January this year. As a follow on we are encouraging every church member to engage in local prayer for and with their church - praying for one another and for your community. The format of how these prayer meetings can be run will be introduced in a Deanery Prayer Meeting open to everyone on Tuesday January 26th at 7pm. Please contact Nicki on [email protected] to sign up and register interest and receive the online link. Attendance does not mean commitment to starting your own local group, but we do encourage you to think about doing so. Full support and regular meetings with the clergy will be given.
There will be no services in church buildings for Ash Wednesday. Instead we are providing two deanery services available on-line where participants are encouraged to bring their own water and oil for preparation and anointing for Lent, and their own bread and wine (or crackers and water) for a service of Holy Communion.
For those who are unable to join us online, we encourage you to email Alison or Nicki for a copy of the order of service to enable you to engage in the same preparation for Lent.
17th February Ash Wednesday
9am Morning Prayer On-line Zoom link:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79462107685?pwd=amdTNWJGb0IxM203MHlrUGVQajgzdz09 Please pace and put in your browser to join.
9.30pm Preparation & anointing for Lent with Holy Communion Zoom link:
Join Zoom Meeting from 9.15am
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85683061650?pwd=RGZVM3REc2xoRWhKck5GVzdiMzNFdz09 Please pace and put in your browser to join.
Meeting ID: 856 8306 1650
4pm Evening Prayer On-line Zoom link:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77820807147?pwd=VWxNK0N3VmZwSHVMdEVUMWV4ZTI0QT09 Please pace and put in your browser to join.
7.30pm Preparation & anointing for Lent with Holy Communion Zoom link:
Join Zoom Meeting from 7.15pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86935880384?pwd=N294dTNQMnFOdEZHQTdlczNPN0NTdz09 Please pace and put in your browser to join.
Meeting ID: 869 3588 0384
Services in February
The service rota produced for February will only operate where churches are open and it is still considered safe to meet together. Please check with your church before travelling.
The Lent Character Course
When: Tuesday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm
How long: 8 weeks
Where: Online via Zoom
How to register: please contact Nicki on [email protected]
Dates: 23rd February, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd March — a break for Holy Week & Easter — 13th, 20th, 27th April.
Put simply, the Character Course brings together the most up-to-date psychology with ancient biblical wisdom. In eight sessions, it covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity.