As we begin week 5 of restrictions, the Prime Minister has made it clear this morning that the situation isn’t going to change anytime soon. Although many of us may have been expecting this news, that won’t change the fact that the emotional roller coaster we are on has it ups and downs. During these very challenging times, we want you to know you are not alone. We are here for you, to support you in any ways that we are able within the restrictions we face. Please don’t suffer alone. Do be honest with your care link person about how you’re feeling. Pick up the phone for a chat with Rachel or I, or email us. We are here to support you and want to be able to pray for you.
Do also check out Rachel’s mental health tips on our youtube channel
CSK CONNECTING THIS WEEK
We are aware that in recent weeks our Tuesday zoom prayer meeting has had some issues with reception and some challenging noise interference from one or two devices. So this week we are trying something new – we are going live! We invite you to join us. Rather than you speaking, you will have the opportunity to type in short prayers or prayer requests that will then be prayed out loud by Rachel or I. Go on to our YouTube channel just before 7:30pm (or connect with us anytime between then and 8pm). We will have a short time of silence with a candle, so you may like to get one ready. Please do bear with us as we get to grips with all the technology and work out how we can best connect with you.
This week look out on our YouTube channel for micro messages on Wednesday and again on Friday. Thursday evening will be traditional Evening Prayer. Sunday Short will be at 10am as usual. This Sunday evening at 6:30pm we will have a 30 minute service similar to soaking worship, with an extended time of worship and a short message.
Our COVID support group is still in operation. If you need shopping, or a prescription collecting, for example, then please do get in touch with either the office, Rachel or I and we will be able to share your need with the group. If you are fit and able yourself and would like to join the support group, do be in touch with us with your mobile phone number. Sincere thanks to those members of the group who have already been able to help others.
There are some amazing apps to help our prayer life. I spoke on Thursday in my micro message about the Lectio 365 which I commend to you.
Another site you may like to look at is Unite714 which unites churches and individuals across the globe to pray for a miraculous healing of our lands from the coronavirus and a spiritual awakening among the Nations.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND NEW PHONE LINE RESOURCE
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a 24-hour free phone line for Christian worship and prayer, aimed at those who have no or limited access to the internet. The Daily Hope service will allow people to hear hymns, prayers and words that offer comfort and hope, especially in this Easter season. People calling the 0800 number will hear a greeting from the Archbishop and can then choose from a range of options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid-19.
The call is free. Daily Hope is available on 0800 804 8044. Further information here:
We are planning a quiz night for the whole church via Zoom. We hope to let you have the date for this in our next news email.
Don’t forget to book on line, signing up from Wednesday this week, to be able join the Marriage Course next Monday or Tuesday. https://www.htb.org/marriage
to make sure you participate from 4th May all together as CSK. You will only be discussing/sharing information with your partner, no one else on the course. Do let us know if you’re taking part so we can pray for you.
AND FINALLY …..
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9
With our love and prayers
Sylvia and Rachel