A Message from the Vicarage January 2021
God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
God is always there to help us in times of trouble.
Dear readers, A belated resolute new year to all.
The lockdown has hit everyone hard with the churches closed for public worship after the carol services.
This was on the advice of the Bishop of Barking and now Essex County Council although the government still sat, we are able to have services. We think the prolific nature of this wave means that we are safer for everyone not to have services. However, the churches remain open for private prayer.
Shut down but not shut up! We are continuing to link with as many as we can through the Zoom service on Sundays at 9.45am. If anyone would like to join us, please let us know and we will send you the link.
We are also supporting Martyn from Abridge Village Church in a You tube service each week and he can give you the link to view our efforts.
In addition, the team have reconvened to produce the weekly Church at Home which we can email to anyone who lets us have their address. Hard copies are also in church and can be delivered if you would like.
At Stapleford Abbotts we have also developed our monthly Zoom magazine called Prism. The next edition is on Wednesday 3rd February at 7.30pm.
Again, let us know if you would like to join in.
There will also be a Zoomed Lent Course starting on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm and lasting five weeks.
All are welcome to log on.
We were delighted that the Christmas Trail went ahead. Congratulations to Oliver and Finley, Arthur, Leo and Jesse, Ava, Lois, Jacob, Poppy, Isabelle, Evie, who all handed their correct answers in. We saw others also taking part so hopefully it was enjoyed by all.
It is difficult to be in touch with everyone so please help us to keep contact by letting us know if we can help in any way. It is going to be a long slog through the winter weeks. Let us hope we will all be able to celebrate together in the new life that Easter brings.
May we remind you that the bookstall at the back of church has books to borrow. Please help yourself.
I am still taking orders for Lambourne End Centre eggs and meat and will deliver it to church each Saturday.
Stuff for the foodbank can be left in church and Derek H. or I will deliver it to Collier Row each Friday.
Some people have asked about giving directly to church so that our funds do not shrink. This can be done through the Parish Giving Scheme over the phone. Their direct number is 0333 002 1271 and our reference number is 080608040. Hopefully, it is a convenient way of giving for you and extremely helpful for our Treasurer as the money comes in monthly with gift aid added.
Finally, if you do know of anyone who is in need of a phone call, shopping or any other form of help, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us:
Roger Gayler - 01992 815 838 - email or use this contact link.
God has called us to be his church in the community ‘for such a time as this’.
With our prayers
All the church at Stapleford Abbotts.
Blessings and keep in touch with each other.