“Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. ‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” (Mark 14:35-36, NIV)
Jesus has shared the Last Supper with his disciples, and he now goes out to pray in Gethsemane. His prayer reveals that he knows what is about to happen, but that he also knows that his death on the cross is the only way for us to be saved.
I hope you’ll join us online at 10:30am for our Sunday morning service, as we look more at Jesus’ prayer, and as we see how God’s love for us is demonstrated in, and by, Jesus.
This Sunday we will be livestreaming the service from St Andrew. Streaming for the 10:30am service will start at 10:25am, and can be accessed directly via Facebook or YouTube, found on our website, and is advertised on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
We are also able to meet together again in person on Sundays. This Sunday the service will be focussed on the online provision, however you are welcome to join us in St Andrew at 10:30am. If you are attending the 10:30am service, please indicate that using this form.
Meeting in person
Our first full Sunday back will be 14th March, the Sunday after schools return. The first few Sundays will reflect a crossover period, as we move from ‘online only’ to a mix of online and in-person. We will still need to follow social distancing regulations, there is still no singing, and bubbles cannot mix inside or outside.
No-one should feel under any pressure to attend in-person services - the online services will continue for the foreseeable future.
We also intend to open St Thomas from 9am to 3pm, where possible, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, beginning on Tuesday 9th March.
Because the service is now live, the audio from the 10:30 service will be available (01707 927907) later in the afternoon, once it has been processed. As well as the ‘dial-in’ service, audio recordings of all services are also available through SoundCloud.
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Holy Week and Easter
Easter Day this year is the 4th April. In light of the new regulations and guidance, I’ll be looking carefully at the services we can run during Holy Week and Easter.
I heard today that Iris Holdom died peacefully yesterday evening. More details about her funeral will passed on when they are available. Do remember her family in your prayers.
Many of you may already have heard that Joyce Bruce has passed away. Her funeral is on Tuesday 9th March, and is being streamed online. If you want watch the service live, or later, the details are:
- Link: www.obitus.com
- Username: Devo3533
- Password: 995462
Rather than flowers, Joyce’s family are asking donations to the British Heart Foundation, www.memorygiving.com/joyceannebruce. Please remember her family in your prayers.
Wednesday Prayer @ 10am
We have started a short meeting to pray together each Wednesday morning at 10am. We’re still exploring how it works, but at the moment we meet for about 20 minutes, so that there’s plenty of time to make a drink before the Virtual Coffee Shop. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/93894170814.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
On Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, I’ll be thinking a little bit more about the Bible passage read on Sunday morning. I’d love for you to join me for no longer than 60 minutes as we look at little bit more at God’s Word together. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97466572556.
Praying during the week
Please can I encourage you, when possible, to stop at noon and spend a few minutes praying - we may be physically separate, but we can still pray together; we’ll email out possible areas for prayer each week. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Meetings and Electoral Roll
Our Annual Meetings are scheduled for Sunday 25th April, after the morning service. At the meetings, we will elect churchwardens and PCC members, as well as hear reports from the previous year.
As part of the preparations for the meetings, the Electoral Roll will be revised on the 10th April 2021.
More details of both of these will be published in due course.
World Day of Prayer
For those who would like to take part in this year’s World Day of Prayer service, there are now two options:
There is a locally-based livestream service from St Mary’s Church, Cheshunt (which is part of the team with St James, who would have been hosting this year) on Friday March 5th at 11am. The link to watch this service should be at www.facebook.com/StMaryCheshunt.
There is an international service created by the team in Vanuatu itself. This service can be watched at any time.
If you would like to donate to the World Day of Prayer fund, this can be done online, or by bringing an envelope containing your donation and labelled WDP to the Vicarage for us to pass on.
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee. Do feel free to share the links to our services with friends and relatives; everyone is very welcome to join us, no matter where they are in the world.