Keep in Touch: 28th June 2020

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28th June 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It seems hard to believe that fifteen weeks ago I wrote the first of these letters to you, as lockdown was just beginning. Who would have thought that at this stage we would only just begin to be opening things up again? It looks as though it will be quite a number of weeks (if not months) before we are back to something like the former ‘normal’.

You may be aware that the government announced on 23rd June that churches will be allowed to resume worship from early July. There are quite a number of restrictions on what worship is allowed at this stage, and at time of writing the Church of England have not yet published their advice for parishes (they are waiting for the detailed guidance from the government). We do know, however, that singing is not going to be allowed, so we could only have said services for the next few months. Our Standing Committee is going to meet next week to discuss our plans and we will inform you of our decisions, regarding when to restart worship services in the church. This is something we are keen to do as soon as it is viable and safe for everyone.

Please pray for the members of Standing Committee, and also PCC when we meet three weeks later, that we have God’s wisdom on the right timing for making a move to restart not only Sunday worship, but also the Outreach Project. There were so many different aspects of the life of the parish which were suddenly and rapidly halted in March, and that we will need to decide about.

However, this period of lockdown may in some ways be a God-given opportunity to make some changes, if it feels right to do so. There will be four questions I will be asking the PCC when we meet, about our life as a church. These questions are:

  1. What about lockdown will you be very happy to say goodbye to, when it’s over?
  2. What about lockdown might you want to continue, after it’s over?
  3. What about the way things used to be do you miss the most, and long to restart again?
  4. What about the way things used to be, might you not miss if they didn’t restart at all?

If any of you have thoughts relating to these questions which you would like to feed in to the PCC discussion, please do let me know. Furthermore, it occurs to me that these questions might be beneficial for all of us to ponder, not only in relation to our life as a church, but also regarding our own day-today habits and lifestyle.

It is never easy to think about change, but I believe God is wanting us to change and grow all the time. When Jesus teaches about faith, very often the images he uses are taken from the agricultural world. This similar imagery is seen often in the Old Testament too. Like seeds planted in the ground, like the growth of trees and the fruit they bear, all these require growth and change and development to be healthy. A tree that never grows has died.

May we all of us become like trees planted by streams of water, yielding plentiful fruit in due season (Psalm 1.3), to the praise and glory of His name. Amen.

Tina Upton


READINGS for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity (Year A)

  • Jeremiah 28:5-9
  • Psalm 89:1-4. 15-18
  • Romans 6:12-23
  • Matthew 10:40-42

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: Hafod Close, Nevin Road, Penmon Close, Treborth Road.