St Thomas News 1st April 2021
Dear Church Family,
I'm sure not many of us would have expected, as we celebrated Easter 2020 online, that we'd still be restricted from meeting together by Easter 2021. For all the sadnesses and frustrations, we trust that our loving Father has been and continues to be at work.
This week, there are a number of services taking place. Today, (very shortly!) at 12pm there is a Maundy Thursday communion service in church.
Tomorrow at 2pm is a reflective service for Good Friday - this will be both in-person and livestreamed (please join by Facebook or YouTube for this service, rather than Zoom, to make things easier for us technically!)
Sunday at 10.30am is our Easter Sunday celebration. If you are coming in-person, I should have been in touch with you. If you're joining from home, as ever you can do so by Facebook or YouTube or on the Zoom call (631 970 6882). There will be communion at the end of the service, and for those watching online the stream will continue until I start to distribute bread in church - if you wish to have your own bread/wine at home and join in as it's helpful to you, please do.
On Sundays following, we expect to have a mix of people in the building and others watching from home (or perhaps even outdoors in groups...). There will no doubt be teething problems and practical issues, so please do bear with us as we get to grips with this next phase. For Sunday 11th, once again please let me know if you would like to come so we can plan accordingly. We hope to get a system in place as we go forward.
Please do be thinking about how you can encourage one another as new possibilities emerge - the 'rule of six' outdoors, for example. We are thinking through how we can also run some midweek groups once the next phase begins on April 12th. But none of this is especially simple or idea, so please do pray and let me know if you have some good ideas!
We'll have one week off our Tuesday prayer meeting, returning on Tuesday 13th at 9am on Zoom.
May you have a very joyful Easter!
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)