We are not allowed to worship together in church during this lockdown, but we are gathering together via Zoom for worship at 10.30am on Sundays (and 10am on Wednesdays).
This week is the beginning of our Diocesan “Call to Pray and Give” two weeks of prayer about whether we can give a one-off generous gift to our local church to maintain and sustain the ongoing ministry. There will be a joyful gift day on the first day back in church after lockdown (hopefully, 6th Dec) and we hope to give thanks for the total gifts before Christmas. Please pray everyday about whether God is asking you to cheerfully make a sacrificial gift on gift day. Some people in our community are struggling from losing jobs and income so need to give less, but others may not be worse off having spent less and could generously give a one-off amount of that saving to support the cost of running church this year.
Of course Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” and it is so very true – the act of giving with big open-hearted generosity gives us a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven which joyfully overflows with generous love.