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A warm welcome from the Rector

Date: 24th March 2020

I expect we all watched as one last night as the Prime Minister announced his latest measures to support the NHS and keep as many of us safe as possible. It was not long after that broadcast that I received a message from Bishop James instructing us that we now were required to close our church buildings - this direction coming from the Archbishop of Canterbury. I share with you some of his words:

“In the light of the Government’s measures announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even when separated.” This means that all our places of worship are now to be fully closed with immediate effect – that is, for private prayer and daily offices as well as for public worship. All worship and prayer is, therefore, now in the home, on the phone or online."

We now practice being church in a way which we are not used to, so whilst changing our daily routines we can add into our day some solid points where we connect with God and each other through prayer and reflection.

To that end please do join with us at 9am and/or 7pm for a time of prayer each day. You will find resources on this website in the Prayer and Resources section. 

You may just like to sit quietly at those times offering the time and space to God and offering your thoughts, thanks, praise and concerns to him. I will be praying with you at those times each day.

This website is being updated daily with a Thought for the Day written by one of the Lay Ministers in the group.  Susan has been doing this for a week now and her thoughts are certainly lifting and inspiring me - you can find all those that have already been written on the website.

You will also find each week on the Sunday Service Online link the readings, prayers and a reflection for the day for you to use whenever best suits your day.  

If you have Facebook link in with the RNWK churches page and now the RNWK - e messy pages for regular updates, prayers activities etc.

Please do not be alone at this time if you are in need body, mind or spirit or are concerned about someone else please do get in touch 

Above all please remember you are totally and unconditionally loved by God - He remains sovereign and in Him we place our trust.

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.     Amen.

God Bless and stay safe ..... Rev Helen.


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