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St Andrew’s • Cheam
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

News from St Andrew’s

Craig’s letter of 25 March

Craig Bowman
Revd Craig Bowman

Dear Friends

Easter Day

Happy Easter!

As we reach our second Easter in some kind of lockdown it is good to note the progress that is being made. Although the restrictions regarding indoor meeting have not yet been relaxed, the changes regarding meeting outside will allow some people to meet up, especially if the weather continues to improve. Hopefully this will reduce the isolation that many people have endured for so long. However we still need to be careful and follow the rules. The virus is still active and we need to remember that many people have not been vaccinated. We do not want to contribute to any rise in infections nor a delay in reaching the steps in the roadmap outlined by the government.

This Sunday is Easter Day and we are restarting ‘in person’ worship in the building for those who feel able to attend, recognising there will be strict social distancing and no hymn singing. We are continuing to provide an audio service via the website or by calling 020 3870 2810. In the midst of our celebration of the Resurrection we shall share in Holy Communion so if you are listening at home please have bread and wine or juice available if you wish to join in this.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

As well as the reflective services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (available from 8.15pm on Thursday and 10.30am on Friday via the website and dedicated phone number) Wallington URC would welcome St Andrew’s people to join them for their Good Friday Happening. This is an event that has been taking place for many years and, after having to forego it last year, this year it is being offered live on Zoom. The event starts at 10.00am and will last about an hour. (You could listen to the reflective service after it has finished if you wished.) It begins with a short period of worship and then there is an opportunity to undertake a craft activity (for about 30mins), before a time of sharing what people have managed to do and another short period of worship. It is not possible to distribute craft materials to people from St Andrew’s but here are some suggestions for crafts and a quiz.

To join the Good Friday Happening please click here.

Meeting ID: 953 5095 5580
Passcode: 087054

St Andrew’s Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all those who prepared for, attended and contributed to our AGM last week. It was good to share together, recognising the limitations we were under. Our best wishes and prayers are with Sophie Easton who was elected an elder and Maggie Macdonald who was re-elected to serve again. Our thanks go to Jenni Dickinson and Richard Seaton who have come to the end of their period of service.

As the news and joy of the Resurrection came to his followers sheltering behind locked doors may it also come to us in these times and in our places.

Craig


Posted on 31 Mar 2021