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A warm welcome from the Rector

 

Change – love it or loath it you cannot stop it.

Change has certainly been a way of all our lives over the last few months, social distancing, the furlough scheme, Zoom, shielding, Gathering@4  and Covid 19 – vocabulary which would have meant nothing last Christmas but now 7 months on we all know these words and we will all associate different experiences and have different reactions to them.

I write this on the day when pubs, restaurants, cinemas, hair salons and churches can open their doors to the general public once again – a change which is hailed as a return to some kind of normality whilst recognising that there will be nothing normal about it!

It offers for many an opportunity to meet together, to share stories and laughter, to be pampered and entertained to worship God, all be it with our new vocabulary very much evident. We can be relational once again after all we are all created in the image of God whose very nature is relational.

As we take this next step let’s do so with caution and due adherence to the guidelines that are there to protect us all. Let’s do so with kindness and love, not forgetting many who are still shielding or who are anxious about taking this step. Let’s do so ready to listen to the people we long to spend time with sharing our stories and experiences and helping each other through this next change, remembering that command of Jesus to love one another as he loves us.

Much work has been undertaken to enable our church buildings to be open again for private prayer and Sunday Services. Social distancing measures, cleaning regimes, hand sanitising and face coverings are things we are getting used to in all areas of life and this includes at church. I hope this will mean you will feel safe to come and know you are playing your part in keeping others safe too.  

Ash and Ridley Churches Opening Times for Private Prayer:

  Monday - 10am – 12noon – Ash

  Tuesday - 10am – 12noon – Ridley

  Wednesday – 6pm – 8pm – Ash

  Friday – 2pm – 4pm – Ash

  Saturday – 10am – 12noon – Ridley

Sunday Services

  Ridley worship at 9am.

  Ash worship at 10am – booking needed please see Home page for further details.

 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Stay safe – be blessed and a blessing.

Rev. Helen.


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