Each week we are holding a ‘Zoom’ service at 10am on Sunday morning and a short evening service of Compline at 8pm on Friday evenings. If you would like to join in please contact Heather email@example.com. You can be added to our church email list which will give you the Zoom login details each week.
The email notice is sent out on blind copy and your email will only be used for this purpose. We hope you will join us. If you are new to Zoom, do not be put off, we have all been on a steep learning curve and can help you if needed.
We are also ringing parishioners and will happily ring you if you are lonely and would like a friendly chat. Please let us know if you need any help with shopping.
Heather is using her daily exercise to cycle to each parish, praying for them as she goes and having conversations (at a distance) with some of the people she meets.
So many words have been written about the current situation and its effect on every person and every aspect of life, so I am only going to add a few of my own.
During this pandemic Christians are grieving for locked churches, cancelled worship, Holy Week and Easter spent apart but we have all in our own way journeyed through Holy Week and experienced the joy and hope of Easter more deeply than ever before.
Whatever our circumstances I have noticed how people strive to remain cheerful during these challenging days and we are finding a new appreciation for all that we have. Many are saying that the world could be a better place if as a result of what we have been through we have learned how to live better.
Social media is often criticised for the harm it can do but it has been a vital means of people keeping in touch and it gave us this wonderful poem by Kathleen O’Mara.
And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Danger, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
What strange times we live in. Two weeks ago life was almost normal and now
we are living under severe restrictions.
I am writing to let you know of some of the changes which the Church of
England has brought about in order to follow the government advice to help
to keep everyone safe.
Very sadly, all church buildings are to be closed. There are to be no more
Sunday services and no daily prayer can be held in church. There can be no
weddings or Christenings and funerals may only be held at Crematoria or in
the Churchgrounds with the very closest family attending. This will cause
pain we know, and many will have to change plans but we are all sharing the
burden of disappointment, for there are so many family events which now no
longer can take place. Our church fundraisers which are important to bring
people together will also not now happen.
This is being displayed in many church notice boards:
Churches not being closed
Buildings are being closed
YOU ARE THE CHURCH
You are to remain active and open
Be assured that the clergy are active on your behalf. They are available to
shop and collect prescriptions if you need. The Facebook page – Launditch
and Upper Nar is there for you to join and to enjoy the fun posts and to
share prayers and other thoughts. Anyone with the facebook app on their
computer can join – get your grandchildren to show you!! You can also join
the Wednesday evening bible study by a conferencing facility. Contact Terry
Huggins to join in. firstname.lastname@example.org We are telephoning all members of
our congregations on a rota basis just to keep in touch and chat. And of
course you are held in the prayers of many. The bishops, clergy and your
fellow Christians pray for you. You are never alone.
….. for God has said,
“ I will never leave you or forsake you”
So we can take courage and say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not fear”
The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will take place on Wednesday 15th April 2020 at 6pm in the Church and will be followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
Anyone who lives in the Ecclesiastical Parish may attend and may vote in the election for Church Wardens. Those entered on the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote both in the elections for Church Wardens and for members of the Parochial Church Council.
Karen Moore, PCC Secretary
On a gloriously sunny day the Litcham All Saints cockerel, looking resplendent in his new coat of gold leaf, was hoisted to the top of the tower. Te cockerel has been fully restored by S. Michlmayr & Co in memory of Christopher Hanson-Smith, 1927-2018, through the kind donations of his family and many friends.