Keep in Touch: 21st June 2020

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21st June 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

At time of writing, three months after the last time we were able to gather in church to worship, and to meet each other, there is no sign yet of when these restrictions might be able to ease. We are able to conduct funerals in church (with limitations of numbers attending etc), but weddings and baptisms are not yet allowed. Nor is Sunday worship, and we cannot yet celebrate the Eucharist together. As we have made clear to you since March, in spite of these restrictions, Holy Trinity Church is nevertheless very much alive and active.

As well as these weekly letters, as the notices over the page make clear, we have weekly online videos available for those able to access the internet. Some of us have been meeting together on the internet (using ‘Zoom’) to look at the Bible. Also, although our Outreach Project has had to halt its activities for the meantime, we have diverted our energies to providing emergency food parcels and cooked meals for those in need at this time. To do this, we joined forces with Blacon Beacon, Blacon Community Store, Cheshire West communities Together, Here and Now, local schools, and other local volunteers, calling ourselves ‘Blacon Action Team’. We are now providing about 200 food parcels each week, delivering about 65 of those, and also 60 cooked meals.

While it has been busy, and at times hectic, as I look back, I notice that we have never lacked the food or volunteers needed to make this happen. In hindsight, this was entirely down to God’s abundant provision for us in the right ways, in the right time. And he has now provided us with funds to be able to make some alterations within the hall building so that this food provision can continue even when other usual activities begin to return to the hall. God knows what our needs are, and he always provides for them, if we trust him to.

In the gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus speaks of how God knows everything about us, and he loves us perfectly, wanting the best for us. When he says, ‘Not one sparrow falls to the ground unperceived by your Father’ (Matthew 10.29) Jesus is keen to remind us that God knows about every tiny aspect of our lives – everything we do, everything we say, all the thoughts of our hearts. God knows all that is happening for you at this time. He knows all about how you feel, whether you are well or not, whether you are lonely or not. God is ready to talk to you, even if there is nobody else you have to talk to. Moreover, He is not some dispassionate deity who looks down on us without caring. He loves each of us perfectly. He knows what we are going through, because in Jesus he went through it himself. And in the same way that He knows even when a sparrow falls to the ground, He knows everything we need, and He ensures to provide it for us. There is of course a difference between what we think we need, and God knows we actually need, but that is something we learn as we grow in wisdom, and in our walk with the Lord.

May each of us grow in our knowledge and love of Him to the extent that when we ask Him to act in our lives, we are asking in accordance with His will, and to the praise and glory of His name.

Tina Upton


READINGS for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity (Year A)

Jeremiah 20.7-13
Psalm 69.8-11[12-17]18-20*
Romans 6.1b-11
Matthew 10.24-39

Readings available to read online (New Revised Standard Version - NRSV)


NOTICES

Holy Trinity Blacon are the living church of our living God, and we continue to be at work here! If you are able, do check the parish website (especially the Coronavirus Support page) or our Facebook page for updates. We will put further worship and prayer up there (and on our holytrinityblacon2020 You Tube channel) each Sunday morning by 10am.

JOIN US FOR EVENING PRAYER
every Wednesday at 5pm. If you are not on the internet, it is possible to join us over the telephone – please contact us in advance if you would like to do that.

DAILY HOPE
is a free phone line for hymns, prayers and reflections – 0800 804 8044

FOR THOSE IN NEED
Holy Trinity Church Hall is providing emergency food for families and individuals in need at this time. To register for this, please use the form on the front page of our website For more information, please contact 07719 960541 or blaconactionteam@gmail.com


HELPLINES
Cheshire West and Chester council have a helpline to advise or support vulnerable adults who need assistance with food, medicines or social contact (open 8am to 7pm everyday) call 0300 123 7031 or email enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
We would love to hear from you! Do share with us any photos, poems, verses, pictures, songs, reflections, to keep in touch and encourage the rest of us.

PRAYING FOR BLACON
During lockdown, Louise and Tina are taking our exercise particularly along those streets we are praying for each week. Do join us in praying for those residents. This week we pray for: Rawson Road, Nant Peris, Plas Dinas, Glyn Garth and Sealand Road.

OPENING THE CHURCH
As you may have heard, churches are now allowed to open for private prayer. Unfortunately, at Holy Trinity, it looks as though at the moment we are unable to offer this, as we do not have enough people able to oversee the church opening. If however you would like to assist to make that possible, please contact Tina.