Open letter from our minister

Categories: Church,Donations,Events,Newsletter,Outreach

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you once more as we continue in lockdown, and as various governments around the world begin to work towards an eventual return, hopefully, to ‘normality’.
Last week two groups met to plan the next few months and we decided:

  • We will not attempt to return to holding church services in the church building before September. Any return to church would involve observing many protocols, including restricting numbers and a system reserving seats in church. In time we will need to make these arrangements but we felt that for now the posting of pre-recorded services on the website is working well and we are in no hurry to return to gathering in church – and when we need to get it right when we do. So pre-recorded services on the website will continue over the Summer.
  • We will, however, begin to hold some meetings in the church (not on Sunday) so that we can begin to get used to gathering again and the practicalities of what that will involve. For information see the weekly Newsletter, and the website, and this letter (which I will continue to send out each week).
  • We will ensure that all regulations laid down by the government are observed: e.g. social distancing, sterilising hand gels, cleaning, safeguarding the vulnerable etc.
    Meanwhile, as ever, below you will find a programme for this coming week. I am delighted that our Bible Study has included people from London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the East Coast of the USA. It feels like the ERC is the hub of a worldwide network!

All good wishes for the week ahead.

THIS WEEK:

Sunday, 10.30 (or any other time, it’s pre-recorded)
For anyone who wishes to consider the text for this Sunday in advance it is Acts 1:6-14, the story of Jesus’ Ascension to heaven after Ascension Day this week.

Sunday, 21.00
Short evening prayers, Compline: Join us on
ZOOM

Monday, 14.00-16.00: Knitting Christmas angels. Contact Gillian Walker at gillian.walker.ams@icloud.com

Tuesday, 08.45
(ideally at this time, but any other time is also fine)
Psalm reciting. This week’s psalm is number 119.

Wednesdays, 19.30
Bible Study: continuing this week at the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.
Join us on ZOOM

Thursdays, 21.00
Short evening prayers, Compline: You can join us on ZOOM

Prayer:
In a time like this there may be people who feel especially in need of prayer either for themselves or for someone else. There is a small group of people in the congregation who take it in turns on Sundays to be available after the service to pray for anyone in need – so, if you would like prayer or have a a particular prayer request please contact Margaret Richards on margaretanne_richards@hotmail.com and she and the others will pray accordingly.

A word about finance….
Please note that in this period when we are not meeting together there is a way of giving to the church on this website. Please use the PayPal donation button on the right.

And a word from our Treasurer, Thorsten Koenig about the Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi Corona Appeal: I am delighted to tell you that with your generous giving, added to donations from medical Director Arie Glas’ network of individual and groups from The Netherlands and Germany, we raised € 17.486, breaking our target of € 17,000. Wilde Ganzen will immediately add the same amount. Almost € 35.000 will be used by the hospital to buy a tent for pre-examination of potentially infected patients, to stock-pile drugs and protective gear and, most importantly, for education and awareness campaigns with in the villages. On behalf of Arie Glas, the staff of Mulanje Mission Hospital thank you for your ongoing loyalty and compassion which makes a huge difference for the people in Mulanje in this difficult time.

God bless you all and keep us united as a church family – and safe and well.

Rev. Dr. Lance Stone