St Thomas News 19th March 2021
Dear Church Family,
This Sunday we'll once again be livestreaming the service at 10.30am, and it will be the last on our series linked with the 'Live Lent' readings - this time looking at Paul's message to the Greeks in Acts 17. As ever, you can join on Facebook or YouTube or via Zoom (ID 631 970 6882). There will be a chance to chat to others in small groups after the service on Zoom, too.
Next Tuesday has been designated a 'national day of reflection' one year on from the first lockdown order. There is a call for a minute's silence at 12pm, and I will be leading some prayers on the steps of the church just after the silence. You are welcome to come and stand socially distanced in front of the church. We plan to have some yellow ribbon on the railings to mark the day of reflection. It would be good for us each to think about whether there are people we can pray for, or perhaps send cards or messages to, or to phone, on this day.
Over the past week, amazing work has gone on in church, and the pews have now been put into storage (photo attached). This week will see some sprucing up of the floor, and we are on target to be able to hold services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please let me know if you would want to be in church for the Easter Sunday service.
Huge thanks to Dave Stirk, Stuart Dyas and the rest of the team!
And some information from Spring Harvest, New Wine and Fusion.
Spring Harvest are running an online event from April 4-8 - you have to book, the cost is £55 per household, and the theme is 'Why We Worship'.
New Wine are planning a 'hybrid' event - there are two in-person weeks scheduled for the 24-28 Jul and 29 Jul- 2 Aug in Peterborough: but these will only go ahead if there are enough bookings by the end of March. There will also be online access.
Our usual prayer meeting takes place on Tuesday at 9am on Zoom.
As ever, do get in touch if you have prayer requests or anything else you'd like to say! Please keep praying for God's direction as we come out of lockdown. As we're told in Proverbs 29.18, "where there is no vision, the people perish".
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)
Progress so far with removing the pews!!