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Sarah’s Soundings for May

This letter comes at a very strange and difficult time. Since I last wrote COVID19 or the Coronavirus has come to dominate the news and the daily life of people across the planet in a way that we would never have predicted. Nowhere and nothing is unaffected. Everyone is doing and we must all continue to do everything we can to limit the spread of infection. The churches, include our church of All Saints’ have a part to play in this. The decision has been taken by the Church of England nationally to close all church buildings. It is with sadness, but convinced that it is absolutely necessary, that I need to let you know that All Saints’ Church, as a building, is closed until further notice. Worship and community life, however continue. More about that later.

In the middle of all this, the year moves on. I am sometimes surprised to look up from a news bulletin about the virus to see a blue sky and new leaves opening up on the trees. The same is true of the church year. Lent reached its conclusion in holy week: the week leading up to Easter Sunday in which we recollect and celebrate Jesus’ last days; his last meal with his friends, his trial, his death and, finally, gloriously, on Easter Sunday his resurrection; Easter Sunday marked a new start, the victory of life over death, of hope over despair.

This years’ celebrations have, to say the least, been different as we have tried to get to grips with technology that allows us to livestream services or conduct them by Zoom, or work out ways in which we can worship together, while being physically apart.

As I said, worship continues. When an act of worship would normally take place in church, an act of worship will take place from the home of one of the clergy team. This includes both Sunday services and mid-week services. Information about these is posted on our facebook page, which you can find here: www.facebook.com/Allsaintsclaytonwest

This information, with other resources, is sent out every week by email. For those without access to email printed resources for worship are delivered to people’s houses. If you would like to be included in this mailing or if you would like to be included in zoom services when they take place please phone or email me (details below)

We continue also as a praying community. I will be praying every weekday at 9am and 5pm. If you pray at that time too we will be praying together. I would also like to encourage anyone in need of a prayer, a chat or practical help to get in touch.

With my Love and Prayers, Sarah

Phone: 01484 900025

Email: revsarahfarrimond@yahoo.co.uk

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   Prayers

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

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OUR SPIRE AND ROOF FUNDING: A note to the Community from The Parochial Church Council of All Saints’, Clayton West

We have been very fortunate in achieving monies from the above TRUST and GRANT bodies. Some monies from them have been banked into our savings account; other monies cannot be claimed until we have done some of the work or need to have been claimed by a particular date.

We would like to thank all who are continuing to support us through your donations and our local fund raising activities ; along with our own church savings we are in a position to begin part of the work, namely on the spire, the guttering along the south side of the church and the slates on the low south side of the building.

We have engaged the architect to tender for the work; we need to check out the workmanship of the firm(s) who have tendered and then appoint one to complete that work. We are hoping that work will start soon with a flurry of activity.

With many thanks for all the community interest being shown in this continuing project

Members of the PCC

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