From the Rector

6th January 2021

 

Dear Friends
 

Hope this letter finds you safe and well
 

Last night our ‘Returning to Church Group’ met to discuss the way forward for Communal Worship on the Fromeside in the light of us now being in a third National Lockdown.
 

It is always hard to meet such a wide variety of needs and views as to what we should do as a benefice at a time like this. All are agreed, that whatever we do it needs to be done safely and that people should feel under no pressure or obligation to conform with anything other than what they feel is right for them, even those in positions of leadership and ministry.
 

I want to begin by encouraging all of you, especially those with medical conditions and who are shielding, to engage with our worship online, as the safest way to worship in these uncertain times. I promise we will do all we can to ensure that there is a service every Sunday morning at 10am, beginning on the 10th January on our website at:   https://www.fromesidechurches.org.uk/recorded-services/
 

We also recognise there are some of you who have a real need to engage in communal worship, because your personal wellbeing needs the sacramental, spiritual and mental support it provides. To meet this need we intend to have one act of worship, safely delivered in each of our five worship centres each week. We would encourage you not to travel out of your Parish locality, to wear face coverings at all times, to keep appropriate social distance and that all those attending a place of worship must not mingle with anyone outside their household or support bubble, before or after the service.
 

All the services from now on will be said Holy Communion and will last approximately 30/35 mins and will follow the weekly pattern set out below:
 

Wednesday 10am St James Iron Acton
Thursday  10.30am St Michael’s Rooms
Saturday    10am All Saints Winterbourne Down
Sunday 10am St Peter’s Frampton Cotterell
  10am St Michael’s Winterbourne.

 

Please do note the Change of time of Sunday Worship
 

 

Whilst we are trying to safely meet everyone’s spiritual needs, I would encourage as many of you as possible to join our worship on line as we move through the next 3 months together.
 

For those who want worship that their young people can engage with, there will be a weekly act of children’s worship on our website at: https://www.fromesidechurches.org.uk/messages-resources-for-the-current-crisis/worship-for-young-people/ On top of this on each third Saturday of the month there will also be Messy Church Online at: https://fromesidemessychurch.wordpress.com/
 

The RTC has tightened up our safety processes still further to help make our acts of communal worship even more covid secure, as your safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us. Rest assured we take our duty of care for each other extremely seriously, particularly those who are vulnerable and most at risk.
 

The pastoral leaders and I will be monitoring developments regularly and the RTC will review the situation again on the 26th January and I will of course let you know immediately if there are any changes to our worship pattern.
 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns you wish to share with me, or you want more detail about how we have come to our current decisions.
 

Please don’t forget that our ‘Trained Listening Team’ is always available for you to use, especially if you are struggling with fear and anxiety, please just contact me and the Rectory and I will arrange for a member of the Team to support you.
 

Today is the feast of the Epiphany when the church celebrates the light of Christ showing forth in the darkness of our world. I am sure we all hope and pray that in the coming months this light will shine brightly, both in our love and care for each other and through the successful delivery of the vaccines which can help us all to defeat the threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
 

Please take care everyone and stay safe, you are constantly in my prayers.
 

God Bless
 

Fr Malcolm

 


The Rectory, 70 High St, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JQ

Tel: 01454 776518   Email: m.strange@fromesidechurches.org.uk