20th May 2021
SUNDAY AND MIDWEEK SERVICES
Sunday morning worship - 10am
Sunday evening pause to pray - 6pm
Mid-week communion - Every Wednesday at 10am
We are now able to welcome a limited congregation into church on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. To find out how to book to come along to a service, go to: https://www.stmargaretshorsforth.org.uk/copy-of-attending-church
All our services are also live-streamed on our Facebook page, and can be watched at the time or caught up with later!
A WORD FROM THE VICAR...
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Acts 2.1
The first Pentecost was a time of great change for Jesus’ disciples. Emerging out of a period of isolation (and prayer) they began to work out how to function in very different ways, without the physical presence of their friend and leader, and the Holy Spirit equipped them with the strength and skills required for what lay ahead.
This Pentecost will be the first Sunday after the lifting of many of the restrictions we have lived through for the last year, followed a month later by even more relaxations. Its still too early to know exactly what church, and even everyday life, will look like beyond June. It is perhaps more accurate to think of it as a ‘new start’ rather than a ‘return to normal’. But whatever lies in store we can be assured, like those first disciples, that God’s Holy Spirit will equip us with everything we need to face the future.
In this Newsletter I want to share some of the initial thoughts about what this time of ‘emergence’ might look like and offer every church member the chance to consider what your role in church might be going forward. Please do take time to consider the questionnaire attached and send us your reply.
1. Wednesday & Sunday Services
Our 10am services on Wednesdays and Sundays continue with safety measures in place. Attendance in person continues to be by pre-booking your place (email email@example.com or phone 2582481). They are also live on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StMargaretsChurchHorsforth.
On Pentecost Sunday we are hoping to have an outdoor service which allows larger numbers to attend in relative safety (which we hope will encourage those who do not yet feel comfortable inside church) and also allows us to sing! This will be followed by two more outdoor services on 20th June and 18th July.
It is still too early to know what to expect after June 21st. While the Government “hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact” we do not expect this to mean an immediate ‘return to normal’. Some social distancing (possibly reduced to 1m), some form of ‘venue capacity’ and the use of masks may still be required or recommended. Whatever else happens we will continue to avoid physical contact when sharing the peace and the use of a shared chalice at communion until later in the year.
2. Rev. Rachel Ford
We are looking forward to welcoming Rachel back from maternity leave on June 10th. Soon afterwards she will be ordained priest at Leeds Minster (26th June) and will be presiding at communion for the first time on Sunday 27th June.
3. Some Emergence Plans
Work on the new kitchen at the back of church will begin soon and we hope to have it ready for the end of June. As well as (hopefully) serving refreshments after services we are looking to open church as a ‘café’ two or three times a week and encourage people to meet up and small groups to use the space (e.g. ‘knit & natter’, craft group, book club). If you have any ideas to help people get back to going out and meeting others, please be in touch.
Mothers Union & the Afternoon Tea Group are looking to restart in the summer. We are also considering the idea of having monthly communion services in the afternoon to help those for whom mornings are difficult. Any feedback on which day of the week would be best would be appreciated. Also, for those finding mobility more difficult, we are looking at arranging lifts to church. Again, let us know if this would be helpful for you.
4. Community Café & Natter Café
The ‘Food Hub’ run by the Horsforth Community Aid Project from St Margaret’s on Mondays finishes its work at the end of June. After a short break we are looking to return to a ‘Community Café’ on Mondays, possibly running outdoors during the summer. Following the introduction of a ‘Natter Bench’ in Hall Park (a place to meet others for a chat), HCAP is starting a programme of pop-up ‘Natter Cafés’ on Tuesday mornings. These are outdoor cafes at a different location in Horsforth each week to encourage local residents to get outside and meet up with neighbours. Look out for leaflets and posters in your area.
5. Dementia Action Week Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd May
Dementia Friendly Horsforth is running a series of events this week including an online play on Thursday May 20th at 6.30pm. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless and stay safe,
PRAYER FOR LOVED ONES
If you would like someone known to you to be remembered in prayer, please email us their name, and just a little detail on why they need prayer. Our prayer group will then pray for them on a regular basis - and completely confidentially. The power of prayer and the reassurance of knowing our loved ones are being held in God's presence by others can never be underestimated!
Floodlights - In memory and celebration
This month, the church floodlights are lit in memory and celebration of the following;
4th In loving memory of Andrew
21st For my Mother, Elizabeth Welbourne
Miss Zeta Welbourne
22nd Loving memories of Richard
30th Loving Birthday memories of John
If you would like the lights dedicated for a special occasion or memorial please let us know.