Dear friends

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”  What reassuring words these are.  On this eve of Good Friday when we remember the astonishing events of the culmination of Jesus’ time on earth, these words from Isaiah 53 remind us that whatever pain, grief or hardship we bear, Jesus bore worse so that we don’t have to.

Worship Online

It is such an encouragement that the number of people joining our online services continues to grow.  It looks increasingly as though this will be the only option for quite some time, so if you haven’t yet ventured to try the technology, I warmly encourage you to give it a go.  If you are anxious about any aspect, please give me a call and I shall do what I can to help.

You will have gathered that we had some difficulties last Sunday!  (In case you’re interested, this is what happened.  We use something called ‘Zoom’ which has featured in the news because there have been some concerns about security.  In response, Zoom released a new version late on Saturday; they probably timed it so that there was no disruption for their thousands of business users, but it was a nightmare for very many churches!  The result was that none of the links in last week’s email worked!  Well done to those who battled through.)  To avoid further problems, I am not including any links here, other than to point you towards the website which will always be up to date.

You may have heard about ‘trolls’ in the media – people who join meetings to cause trouble.  This of course is no different from all our services which are always open to the public!  We have therefore taken the decision to keep our virtual doors open in order to welcome visitors.  If we were to be bothered by troublemakers, we shall very quickly stop the livestream to minimize the disturbance.

Easter Weekend

Even though we shall be celebrating Easter in a very different way this year, I do hope that you will be able to join in at least one of the services over the coming weekend:

Good Friday8:00amMorning Prayer
 11:00amChildren’s Good Friday Special
 12 noonGood Friday Meditation
Saturday8:00amMorning Prayer
Easter Day8:00amHoly Communion
 10:30amEaster Worship

Community Support

Thank you for all that you are doing for friends, neighbours, church family members and the wider community.  It is a privilege to see the gifts arriving and being distributed, and to gain a sense of all the time and energy that people are spending (for example) standing in queues for food that they will never eat.  I am of course aware that there will be some amongst us who are in the habit of donating to the Foodbank but who cannot get to the Good Shepherd (10:30-12:00 on Mondays and Fridays) to drop off the gifts.  If you would like to give financially instead (perhaps money that you would have given for Easter flowers in church), you can do so by bank transfer to our account (‘Winklebury and Worting PCC’) number 80336493 at branch 60-02-49, marking your gift ‘Foodbank’.

For Your Prayers

Thank you for your prayers for Charlie Barr; she is still in hospital but making good progress.  This week, please uphold Daphne McGuigan in prayer: her sister Christine died from Covid-19 earlier this week.  Her husband (Daphne’s brother-in-law) is himself recovering from the illness; please pray that he, with Daphne and the rest of the family, would know the presence of God at this sad time.  Please also pray for George Hulcoop; I am taking the funeral of his wife, Bett, on Thursday.

Tim and Jamie join me and our families in sending you best wishes for a very blessed Easter.

John