St Thomas News 14th May 2021
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for all your support as I was licensed at St Wulstan's on Wednesday. There really is a warmth and enthusiasm there as we begin to explore how we can work together in future. I'm at St Wulstan's for the next two Sundays (their AGM and a baptism), but don't be fooled - I'll be back soon! This week, Sam will be leading at St Thomas' and thinking about how we are all called to use the gifts God gives us; next week, Phil will be leading the Pentecost service. The services continue to be live-streamed on Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882) at 10.30am.
Thanks, too, if you've been in touch with thoughts about in-person/online and why you may not yet be ready to return to the building. It's really helpful to get a sense of how people are feeling, so please do get in touch if you'd like to.
Thy Kingdom Come 2021 - rather late (sorry!) but we are now in the Ascension to Pentecost period when we've often tried to devote time to prayer in expectation of God working in people's lives. There are new resources available from Thy Kingdom Come for this year, which you may find helpful in your own prayers through the next few days.
Home Groups - Do keep your eye on the way guidelines are changing (though I'm aware that, ominously, we are due to hear from the PM later today), as this should give new possibilities for homegroups meeting together.
Midweek Activities - Next week we are sticking with a final Wednesday communion service at 1pm, followed by tea/coffee at tables - perhaps this week inside the building! From the following week, a couple of new things:
Tuesdays at 12.30pm, starting 25th May - for a few weeks we'll be having a simple service with teaching through the book of Colossians. A reading, a talk and a prayer. This will be streamed and will go onto YouTube/Facebook.
Thursdays at 12.30pm, starting 27th May - this will be the new time for the communion service, and this will be followed by tea/coffee at tables either outside or inside the church building. Anyone is welcome to come to either or both communion and the cafe.
Family Worship - While we're trying to think through the best ways of getting children's groups up and running again, we are really aiming for September for this to be happening fully. We do hope to have various events, including two more family services on Sundays at 4pm - the first on June 20th (St Thomas') and the second on July 11th (this one may be at St Wulstan's).
Christian Aid - this week has been Christian Aid week, and envelopes were given out to those in church last week. If you would like to give in this way, bring your envelope back this Sunday or next and put them on the plate at the back of church.
Some words which were said over me on Wednesday, let's pray for ourselves as disciples in Jesus' church: Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus who was wounded for our sins, that you may bear in your life the love, joy and peace which are the marks of Jesus in his disciples. Amen!
Hope to see you soon,
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)