A Message from Linda

Dear all

Yet another week has passed in 'lockdown'.  How are you and your families coping?  We have had some wonderfully sunny weather this week, but also some heavy rain.. quite symbolic.   Each day is different but, in many ways, each day can be very much the same. Are you grateful to slow down a little, or do you feel a sense of loss of routine and miss company? Are you climbing the walls or still very content to have space and time to be, to do, and to breathe the cleaner air?  

Families are busy with home schooling, and many people are also working from home, whilst others are furloughed.  Grandparents and families are finding new ways to connect but will be looking forward to times when they can meet up physically to share a laugh or a cuddle.  Many of us are learning new IT skills and there is a growing sense of positivity as we see some regular aspects of life across Europe, Australia and New Zealand begin to release.   We too have been told that we are past the peak and there are encouraging signs of some aspects of normality returning... the council tips have opened! Rejoice, Rejoice and again we say rejoice!   But, for now, we remain patient and look out for each other within our communities and church families. 

We miss meeting with you all and encourage you to link and let us know your news. We are here for you if you need us: 01525 714442.

 

  • Nigel and I have pre-recorded a service again this week which can be accessed from this link in the morning, which takes you to Harlington Church website:  http://www.harlingtonchurch.org/worship-services-2/this-sundays-service/   If you experience difficulties opening the link, please refer to Robert's guidance note in the attachment.  The service will also be released on the 5 different church Facebook pages.

 

  • Members of Westoning Church have been meeting each Wednesday morning for a virtual coffee morning and chat which has become increasingly popular.  We'd now like to introduce this to the other churches, so If anyone would like to join us for a coffee morning at 10.30am at Harlington on Tuesday morning, please get in touch so I can send you a link.  And similarly, Toddington on Thursday morning.  I'm happy to also organise one for Chalgrave if interested?  It is so good to meet up to chat and share.

 

This free national phone line was launched last Sunday, for people who do not have access to the internet - particularly aimed at those over 75, but I have just phoned and enjoyed listening to the daily message and singing along to today's hymn so can recommend it.  The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. The publicity explains that this is a simple way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before choosing from a range of options, including ‘Prayer During the Day’, ‘Night Prayer’ and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer a small selection of hymns, updated daily. 

Please share details of this new facility as widely as possible.

 

  • 75th Anniversary of VE Day commemorations, Friday 8 May

Public events have been cancelled but we can still have commemorations locally online.

Bishop Stephen Venner will preach at the online Evensong from St Albans Cathedral at 3.00pm on 8 May. The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire will be participating. Further details will be available at www.stalbanscathedral.org and https://www.youtube.com/user/stalbanscathedral

 

The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire will also make a short service available online. The Bishop of St Albans has contributed a video sermon. A link to this content will be circulated shortly.

 

You may also want to make use of two events being organised by the Royal British Legion: 

1. Live streaming will take place of a 45-minute long service beginning at 11.15am on May 8th. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-75-livestream

 

2. A national sing-along will take place at 9pm on 8th May on the BBC, with Dame Vera Lynne singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’:&nb sp; https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong

 

Nigel and I send our very best wishes to you all.  We pray protection and peace for you and your families. We also pray for all those who work in the NHS and in the caring services and for all key workers...especially remembering our local schools and businesses.  We pray for those who are sick (please forward names of anyone you wish us to pray for).   Thank you all so much for all your support and for the different creative initiatives and projects. Have a good week.

 

God bless

Linda and Nigel