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It is the 19th July, the day the UK has hit it’s hottest temperature on record (40.3C at RAF Coningsby) and tomorrow England play in the Women’s European Championship quarter-finals against Spain. Exams are finished and schools out for summer imminently. There is hope and anticipation in the air, summer clothes and suntan lotion being used here at home and an increased number of temporary back garden pools around.
We are always curious to know what will happen next in life. Will England beat Spain? Will they win the Championship? What will exam results day bring? Soon we will have the answers; quite possibly by the time you get to read this.
But today, right now let’s take a moment to enjoy what we already have (the fan that is keeping me cool as I write this), Laura Muir winning the 1500m bronze at the World Athletics Championship, the love of family and
friends. Let’s try not to worry about what is to come.
For many of us August means holidays and a time of rest, perhaps a change of scene, a bit of peace. In his short but intensely busy ministry Jesus knew the value of rest and prayer. He took time out in a boat, in the desert, on a mountain to prepare to return to the clamouring community and meet its needs with compassionate action and healing. He said to his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31).
So surely if Jesus recognised the need for time out of the usual routine we should too. We need to renew and re- energise our hearts, minds, and bodies; to redirect our thoughts to what we love and care about and reassess what matters most. We need time to pray.
If August can be a time of rest and reflection, it can also be an opportunity to prepare in hope and expectation for whatever happens next. In this benefice that includes preparing to welcome Martin Hayward following his ordination as Deacon in early September. We have an office to prepare!
So let us enjoy August as a break from routine, a time of rest and restoration so that when the Autumn comes we may be ready for whatever awaits us.
Latest COVID Measures for the Parish of Green Street Green and Pratts Bottom
With the latest decision of the Government to remove all remaining coronavirus legislation but promote personal responsibility to protect others and yourself. And with the public health advice for people with Covid to still self-isolate to prevent others catching it. We will be maintaining most of our current procedures in our churches though these will be reviewed every two to three weeks. However, we will
no longer be recording details of those attending services. Please do enjoy the opportunities afforded by the removal of legal restrictions but also continue to look after yourselves and others as is our Christian calling.
“Within the Church we believe that everyone is known and loved individually by God and that as many members within one body we are called to be responsible to and for one another, respecting the more vulnerable whose suffering is our suffering (1 Cor 12:12-27).”
With this the responsibility for making decisions on how to proceed remains with the incumbent. This applies to acts of worship, to events run by the PCC or church community, and to decisions on whether to hire out spaces or allow other events to proceed.
• Our current
procedures will continue regarding Holy Communion, the Peace
• Although now not a legal requirement face coverings for all apart from the medically exempt is requested and strongly recommended in line with the Church of England’s statement about crowded/enclosed settings, particularly where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
• Singing will continue by choir and the congregation but the choir may remove their face coverings to do so.
• The serving of refreshments after services will recommence but please consider wearing your face covering if you are just talking and not eating & drinking.
We hope to be able to move forward in a considered manner as the incidence of the virus decreases. Let us pray that our position will be more like ‘normality’ by Easter.
Please also continue to pray for those working in the NHS and all suffering as a result of the virus.