Despite the impact of Covid 19 on public worship in our member churches, the discussions in Zoom CTiB committee meetings have been very positive and upbeat. We are able to share information on what is happening in each church and plan joint events.
The addition of Deacon Nick from St. Anthony’s, Deacon Gill from Broadstone Methodist Church, Kevin Dudman, student Minister at the URC, together with the Rev Andy Hall (URC), Rev Helen Bailey and Rev Lyndon Webb (Vicar and Curate from St John’s) as well as each church’s representatives has resulted in plenty of ideas for future initiatives.
At the time of writing the Lent discussion groups have just commenced and we are working through an inspiring book by Pope Francis, ‘Fratelli Tutti’, ‘On Fraternity and Social Friendship.’ This year, via Zoom and breakout rooms, it has been good to participate in groups with members from all the churches. In previous years the groups tended to consist of people from the same church.
By the time Pivot is published the following Churches Together events will also have taken place online. A World Day of Prayer Service will have been led by St John’s on Friday 5 March. A virtual Lent lunch (with a bowl of soup) is planned for Wednesday 17 March with break-out groups to mimic groups of six sitting round a table, making another good opportunity to meet people from other churches.
On behalf of CTiB, a lead member from each of the four Churches takes it in turn to write an article each month for the Broadstone Link magazine. Similarly, prayers are written on a rota basis so that each Church can include a common theme amongst their own prayers.
Working together there is so much potential for using resources effectively and reaching out further into our local community. Personally, I hope that in the ‘new’ normal we are able to move forward making more opportunities to worship, reflect, and engage together such that the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.