UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
News from St Andrew’s
Craig’s letter of 25 March
Revd Craig Bowman
This week marked the anniversary of the country entering the first lockdown and there was the opportunity to reflect on the past year remembering those who have died because of Covid, the effect on the country and the world, but also to note what we have discovered and developed over the past 12 months. This Sunday we reach Palm Sunday and the first audio service we produced was for Palm Sunday last year and we have been meeting together for worship in this way ever since. During that time we have lost much but we have also discovered much and we need to continue to reflect on that as we come out of lockdown and move towards a time when we can all meet safely together again.
Palm Sunday marks that point at which Jesus’s popularity seems at its highest and he is acclaimed as he enters Jerusalem. However it also marks the start of Holy Week where Jesus’s popularity and support reach their lowest point on Thursday night and Friday. People, particularly when in crowds, can be fickle and become self-centred. We need to bear that in mind as we move forward so that, in the weeks and months to come, we don’t forget what we have learnt in this past year about communicating with and caring for others in a world where self-interest will again be dominant.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
As we did last year we are again producing reflective services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These will be available from 8.15pm on Thursday and 10.30am on Friday.
All these services can be accessed by clicking on the link on the church website or calling 020 3870 2810.
We are restarting worship in the St Andrew’s building on Easter Sunday as well as continuing to provide a recorded service. This will be with the same conditions as existed when we were meeting last Autumn. Strict social distancing will be required, there will be no singing and participants will need to disperse immediately after the service finishes. This may seem harsh when the news tells us infection rates are falling and the number of people being vaccinated is increasing. However the improved situation is coming about because the rules are being followed and we need to continue to do so, as well as setting a good example to our neighbours around the church.
St Andrew’s Annual General Meeting
The AGM will take place via Zoom following the Sunday service this week. We will start at 11.45am so please aim to join a few minutes before that start time so we can begin promptly. We aim to complete the necessary business in half an hour and will then continue with our coffee session.
Further information about the AGM and Zoom details for joining are here and on the letter from Nigel Dickinson emailed to you on 17 March.
As we follow Jesus into Jerusalem may we not only be faithful to him in the moments of celebration but also in the dark and despairing times.
Posted on 25 Mar 2021