St Thomas News - 8th October 2020
Later in the day, we will have a communion service in church at 4pm.
Current activities/plans for the near future are:
- We'll continue with the Sunday communion services up to and including October 25th. After that, we are likely to move to Thursdays at 1pm from Nov 5th.
- We are running cafes from 2-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with one group of six in the hall and a further one or two groups in the church. (Of course, if restrictions tighten, this may not be possible.)
- From Nov 1st we'll aim to allow a small number of people (especially those unable to join via the internet) to be present in church on Sunday mornings.
- Church in a Bag for families begins this Sunday - next week we will try an All Age service as our livestream.
- At this stage, it doesn't seem sensible for us to be attempting any more elaborate gatherings for corporate worship, while there is so much we can't do together - but I am always happy to hear feedback and suggestions!
- The Tuesday prayer meeting on Zoom (9am) continues
- I am thinking about other ways to encourage corporate prayer - probably including a day of prayer and fasting with a Zoom meeting in the evening so more will follow...
A reminder that the AGM will follow the service on November 15th. If you would like to be nominated to sit on the PCC, please do have a chat with me or a current PCC member - we have a couple of spaces, plus one space on the deanery synod.
Being on the electoral roll allows you to vote in the AGM (how exciting), but is also one way of expressing that you are a member of St Thomas'. The form you need to fill in if you are not already on the roll (a new list was started in 2019) can be found here.
We have been asked by someone locally if anyone has a baby gate they may be willing to donate. Please let me know if so.
In a couple of weeks, I think we will begin a series in our Sunday livestreams and home groups looking at Ezra and the return of the people of Judah from exile to Jerusalem. Partly, this seems pertinent to our situation as we think and pray about ways in which we will 'return' to worshipping together as and when we can. I am aware there will be lots of decisions to take and opportunities to consider, and so I do ask that you continue to pray for the whole church in what will be an important time.
Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York
"You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on You, who trusts in You." (Isaiah 26.3)