Here is your Saturday update from ye olde parish church of Loughborough....
I am pleased to report that we have solved the Wi-Fi issue in the church building so tomorrow morning, for those unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed on our All Saints Youtube Channel. We will start broadcasting around 10.15am with the service starting at 10.30am as usual. Apologies to those who tried to join in last week from home. The service was recorded and you can now view Revd Emily's first communion as a priest here
It was a very special occasion and we were blessed with sunny weather which meant ending outside for the Blessing around Emily's new fire-pit was the perfect way to end the service for one called to ministry beyond the walls of traditional church. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Tomorrow our adult choir will lead us in worship, helping us to lift our voices, even if only in our hearts. I am preaching and Revd Elizabeth York, who is Chaplain to the Loughborough Schools Foundation and member of All Saints will be our deacon. The readings tomorrow are:
Exodus 17.1-7, Philippians 2.1-3 and Matthew 21.23-32
The order of service is on our website
NHS Covid--19 Test and Trace
We now have a QR code for the Church so please if you can, download the app to a smart phone or tablet and you will be able to scan the code when you arrive. This will replace the need for you to give your name and number to one of the stewards. Don't worry if you haven't used the app before, we can support you in showing you what to do and for those unable to use the app we will still have the option of giving your details to a steward to write down. I understand there will be mixed feelings about sharing data and passions are also running high around the politics of the pandemic with conflicting views on how best the government and local organisations should be responding. My personal view is that whatever decisions each of us makes over the comings months we need to be putting the needs of the most vulnerable first. So, when we wear a face covering, wash our hands and keep our distance we are loving our neighbour as ourselves. That is how I am viewing the use of this app too. The Philippians reading tomorrow includes these words 'Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interests of others.' This seems very timely words for the challenging months that lie ahead.
Annual Meeting 30th September
I can confirm that our APCM will go head both on zoom and gathered in the church building this coming Wednesday at 7.30pm. If you have not received paper work but would like a copy of the reports and agenda please just let me know. A zoom link will be sent out next week.
Sharing our stories of faith in lockdown
There are just a few days left to share your story of faith during lockdown for the Shaped by God Together process. Please do think about doing this, it can be the simplest experience and can be a story of sorrow or of joy.
Harvest Festival and Climate Justice Sunday 4th October
A reminder that we shall mark Harvest Festival next week and this year you are invited to bring fresh produce that will be donated to Fearon Hall as part of a community soup making initiative. Alternatively, you can bring long life gifts that will be given to one of our local food banks. If it would be difficult for you to come to the service on Sunday you are welcome to bring donations to the church building between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 3rd.
October Herald out next week
Look out for the monthly Herald newsletter next week with news of two new online book groups starting, one on the theme of reconciliation, as part of our reflections on becoming an Intercultural Worshipping Community and another run by Leicestershire Green Christian on Virtual Leadership. There is also the opportunity to join an online Pilgrim Group this term exploring what Communion means to us and how it can be a pattern for our Christian lives.
And lastly.......earlier on this year two members of our church Rachael and Dulcie were prepared for confirmation by Phillippa, taking their sessions on to zoom once lock down began. Thankfully at last they can get confirmed! Bishop Guli is coming to Barrow next Sunday evening. Numbers will be restricted so sadly we can't all go and support them on the day but please remember them in your prayers and we shall celebrate with them the following week at All Saints.
Yours in Christ
Reverend Wendy Dalrymple
Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity