Rector’s Weekly Update

From Rev David:

I hope that you are all keeping well and not feeling too stir crazy at the end of another week of isolation and lockdown. Thank you to all who are acting as key village contacts and keeping us informed of any problems and of those who need prayer. A little earlier today I worked through the lists of names you have emailed me letting me know who you have contacted and together we have been in touch with over 200 people. Thank you to those who have called us to make sure we are still sane. 

Information and updates continue to come along and I ask that you look at these for yourselves as they are too numerous for me to write about here. All the latest Church of England guidance can be found on the church’s main website – churchofengland.org.

The most significant are how we care for our churches at this time and advice on stopping handing out magazines and other paper copies. As many of you will know, Creeds has had to shut for the time being, but thanks to the TN editors and Harry there will be an electronic copy on the team website again for May. 

I have asked Jo to share with you what we are planning to do to allow us to share together next week, Holy Week and for Easter. Once again, a big thank you for all that you are doing. Please continue to keep in touch and do not hesitate to call me.

David 

From Rev Jo:

We have been busy trying to create a rhythm and structure for Holy Week in very different circumstances. The encouraging thing is that more people might have time to engage this year – so we hope what we offer will be useful. This website is the key point to find all these resources. Some are not there yet – we are working to tight deadlines but keeping checking. 

Palm Sunday will have a video service for you to watch and links to other resources. 

Every day in Holy Week beginning on Monday 6th April we will have a reflection to read. Every evening in Holy week at 8pm we will say Compline together on Zoom. If you want to take part in Zoom Compline you will need to download the Zoom app on tablet or phone, or from Zoom’s website onto your computer, or install the Chrome Browser extension. Just click the link we’ll provide and off you go. The link will go live on Facebook and the website just before 8pm each day. 

On Good Friday we will have a recording of the Passion according to St John to listen to. 

On Easter Day we will have a video service for you to watch and links to other resources. 

We have also shared resources for children and families on this page of our site

You may also enjoy watching or listening to the many services provided on the BBC: BBC Easter Content 

There is also lots planned for Holy Week through the Church of England:  Church of England – Holy Week and Easter  

We hope that all these resources will give you a pattern for worship and reflection during this holy time. We have made a decision to not offer Holy Communion in video form and instead fast from Holy Communion until we can celebrate again together in person. However, you may find this writing on the act of Spiritual Communion useful – CofE Guidance on Communion.

We are aware that much of this can feel like information overload. For the simplest way to journey through Holy Week, set aside a quiet time each day to read, pray and be still.  Choose a Gospel narrative and follow it through day by day from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. The stories about the last days of Jesus are at the end of each Gospel. 

If you know people who can’t access the website then perhaps give them a ring, and share the ideas of reading part of the Gospel each day and point them to the programmes available on both TV and radio. 

With every blessing,
-Jo