Church of England Diocese of Ely Yaxley

A Changing World

4 Nov 2020, 12:15 a.m.

Dear Friends

I am writing this from The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a tidal Island off the North East Coast of England. It is cut off from the mainland twice a day when the North Sea covers the causeway. It is a place that I love to come to with so much nature and beauty but there is also such a rhythm to this place as everything is dependent on the tides.

I am writing this at the start of October and so it is difficult to know what the rules and regulations will be by November. I am in a part of the world that has been quite badly hit by Coronavirus, the island that I love looks a little bit different at the moment, but the rhythms of the tides don’t change. The island is known as being a particularly important place for early Christianity after Irish monks settled here in the 7th Century and took the Christian Gospel from here to many places around the country. I love sitting and looking out to a small Island known as St Cuthbert’s Island and if you get the tides right you can walk out to it but you have to be careful not to get stuck as the tide comes in (which nearly happened on one occasion!) In all that has gone on in this year, sitting and watching the tides and the sunsets, reminds me of the constants that we do have in this world that some things will never change and the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8. With all that is going on in the world, it can be hard to remember this. But God is unchanging even through the rocky road that 2020 has been.

God is unchanging, but we have had a few changes in the life of our church:

We re-opened St Peter’s Church building for worship on the 4th October and plan to hold a 9.30am Service of Holy Communion in person every Sunday. You will however need to book in as such, as we can only get a certain amount of people in the building safely. If you would like to attend a service, please let me know at [email protected] or 01733 248690/07498 230858 or contact Laura in our parish office [email protected] or 07939 449255. Our 11am service continues online on our St Peter’s Church, Yaxley YouTube Channel.

As the nights become darker earlier, we have stopped our open church on a Thursday evening for private prayer.

We have also decided to postpone Alpha until 2021, but will let you know dates.

As we live in a changing world with an unchanging God, may you know His comfort, peace and presence with you in this month.

With every blessing Rev Sarah