One week into lockdown, three more to go! I hope you’re all finding ways to get through these difficult days. Please let me know if you, or anyone else you know, is struggling and I’ll do my best to help.
It was very good to hear this week of the progress which has been made in developing a vaccine; so we pray that it will be possible to roll this out, as soon as it has been proven to be safe, and that it won’t be too long before we can start to pick up the threads of our lives again.
Although lockdown 2 sadly means we can’t gather for corporate worship once again, All Saints’ will continue to be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.00am – 5.00pm. I will also continue to put resources on the website each week, where you will find a pastoral letter, plus the Sunday readings and a short homily. For those without internet access, I will let you have printed copies as usual.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged that, although we cannot come together for worship, we each use this month of lockdown as a special time of prayer, maybe setting aside a few minutes every day at 6.00pm. They have produced a leaflet containing prayer resources entitled, “Prayer for the nation”, which can be found on the All Saints’ and St Alban’s websites; and I have also left copies at the back for All Saints’ church, for people to use whenever the church is open. Please take them away with you for use at home. You can also visit the Church of England website at Churchofengland.org
On Tuesday 17th at 7pm the Archdeacon’s visitation will be taking place via Zoom. This is the occasion when the churchwardens are sworn in for another year, so please remember Alan and Dennis in your prayers, as they commit to serving our churches for another year.
On Wednesday 18th at 7pm Deanery Synod will be meeting via Zoom. As part of this, we will be hearing feedback from the parishes in response the two questions which the Archdeacon posed, and to discuss the new Deanery Plan. Alan and Chris Philpott are our Deanery Synod reps, and I will be there too, so we will keep you fully informed of any developments.
This Sunday (15th) is Fr David Lawrence-March’s last Sunday, so from then on the Parishes of Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour’s, Shanklin, will be in vacancy. I hope that, with all the Alternative Oversight parishes now in vacancy, Bishop Norman will make contact with us before long.
With my love and prayers,
The image above is of an etching by Dutch poet, illustrator and engraver, Jan Luyken (1649-1712) Creative Commons CC0 License