Firstly, an apology, I set out with the best of intensions last week and by midweek I was struggling to get on top of everything. I normally write my pastoral letter on a Wednesday morning, but I ran out of time and the services were sent without a covering letter, so I apologise. September is always a busy month in the life of the Church, but this year feels to be even more so. Looking at the news last night, the medics are concerned once again as we turn the corner into Autumn. There is a feeling that the pandemic is now behind us as increasing numbers of people enjoy the freedoms granted to us, but can I please remind you all that we are not free from this yet. I really don’t want to make the decision to close Churches again, so can I appeal to you, that if meetings can be held on zoom rather than in person, we do so, and if it is safer for us to wear masks, social distance and continue to live as though we are living through a pandemic, can we please do our best to keep all our people safe.
If you are reading this letter before Saturday, can I please ask you to pray for the East Anglia District Synod as some of meet in person in Norwich, while others will join us online. We will be reflecting on the connexional Eco Church report, there will be feedback from the Methodist Conference with reports on some contentious reports that were debated and will possibly be the subject of difficult conversations in Churches. We are asked to reflect on the whole subject of online communion, which feels to be a little late after all we have just experienced.
Can I also ask you to pray for our Circuit Meeting, which is due to happen on Thursday 23rd September, I am pleased to say that the Local Preacher’s secretary will be bringing the recommendation of the Local preachers and Worship Leaders meeting that Luke Rokobuli and Vickie Vallow be accepted by the circuit as fully accredited Local Preachers, so I would ask for your prayers for Luke and Vickie.
We will be holding long awaited Church Council’s over the next few weeks, so I look forward to seeing you in person.
With love and best wishes