St Thomas News 9th March 2021
Dear Church Family,
This Sunday we'll be having another of our online (but we hope engaging!) All Age services, looking at Philip and the Ethiopian from Acts 8. As ever, you can join on Facebook or YouTube - but if families (or indeed anyone!) would like to join via Zoom (ID 631 970 6882), you'll be able to see each other and interact more fully!
Tomorrow at 2pm is the service to celebrate the life of Laurie Pennock at church - of course, numbers have to be limited, but if you would like to be on Lowther Street to applaud, you are welcome to do this. To do so, please arrive by 1.50pm (I wouldn't recommend using the car park, as you may then be blocked in for the duration of the service).
Dave Stirk and his team will be starting work to remove the pews this weekend. (I hope you will be well aware by now that we received a licence from the Archdeacon to do this temporarily - it should give us more options to use our space in accordance with social distancing restrictions, as well as allowing us to get a feel for the building without pews as we explore longer term possibilities.) This will mean that we'll not be able to use the building for services for a couple of weeks but we very much hope to be back for services in Holy Week and at Easter. Please do also let me know whether you would like to be in church on Easter Sunday and we will work out what will be possible!
Looking ahead to how we gather again as restrictions are lifted, my hope is that - while we put in place some short-term plans for the next few months - we can be using this spring and summer to pray, discuss and take stock, coming to some conclusions about what church life will look like from the autumn onwards. More will follow on this, of course, but please do be beginning to ask God to speak to you about our future as St Thomas' and indeed about how you might be involved. I've done another little video related to this, this time with some thoughts about our vision to be a 'haven'.
Bible Reflection - A final Bible reflection on Zoom (a 'lectio divina' if you know what that means!) on Zoom at 7pm on Sunday
Communion - At 12 midday on Thursday this week (then these will need to pause for a couple of weeks because of the work going on in church)
Prayer Meeting - This continues each week on Tuesday at 9am on Zoom
Holy Week - We hope to have services in the building on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (the latter also livestreamed)
And finally, you may be aware that 'Census Day' is March 21st. Each household is obliged to complete a census, and I've been contacted to help raise awareness of this in our congregation. I haven't got a clue, really, but I suppose we'll all hear more in the coming days. Jesus was born at census time, so maybe this time he'll return. That'll keep us on our toes...
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)