We are no longer able to hold services in our churches. In November we will be holding one Zoom service on Sundays at 11am. This will later be published. Please contact Shelagh Ashley for the log in details for the service - these will change every week.
10.30am Gt Barford - Patronal Festival Holy Communion
If you know of anyone who does not have access to the internet, please tell them about this free phone line:
The national church Daily Hope phone line
This free national phone line was launched on Sunday, 26th April and is aimed particularly at the over 75s who do not have access to the internet. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. This is a simple way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before choosing from a range of options, including ‘Prayer During the Day’, ‘Night Prayer’ and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer a small selection of hymns, updated daily.
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Message from Revd Graham
Here is this week's message from Revd Graham;
I have spent the last few days trying to fathom out which Advent and Christmas services we will be able to hold, assuming that we are out of our current lockdown situation. It is difficult to plan anything at the moment especially as we are not sure what might happen after 2nd December. It seems a strange sort of world where things are so uncertain, our future is slightly blurred and we can’t meet up with family and friends as we used to, not that many months ago. With all the restrictions in place - social distancing, masks and sanitiser, bubbles etc. – we cannot do a lot of the things that come naturally to us. I was reading only today of an elderly lady who is being evicted from her care home because of an “illegal” window visit from her daughter. I cannot begin to pass judgement on that particular case, but it all seems very odd to me.
We have a duty of care to the vulnerable of society, those who cannot care for themselves as they once did because of the anxiety and fear of catching the virus that has beset us. They may be uncertain of going out into the community, not knowing what is around them. The bible uses the language of widows and orphans, but generally it is referring to the vulnerable of society. As we spend what little money we have this Christmas time, perhaps we should be thinking of those who have little or nothing at all. Not only in monetary terms but supporting our friends and neighbours who live immediately around us in the community. The term vulnerable comes in many disguises, and it is up to us to keep watch for those we perhaps are not seeing on our streets, and houses in the neighbourhood where there appears to be no sign of life. It is down to us to care for one another, and love our neighbour as ourselves. God bless you as we make our way towards the season of Advent.
A few weeks ago, in September, I had the privilege of meeting and dining with the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland. The meeting took place in Tempsford where the ambassador unveiled a memorial plaque in honour of the Polish SOE agents and aircrew who flew from Tempsford airfield in World War Two. You may have noticed the badge I have been wearing on my jacket recently; it is a sign of the Cichociemni Associates who represent the Poles who took part in these dangerous missions into enemy territory. The name, Cichociemni, means “Quiet and Unseen”, essential if their mission was to succeed!
We are going through the current pandemic with a virus that is silent and unseen. We cannot see any obvious symptoms, and this makes it more difficult to diagnose for our medical practitioners. Because of this, it means we have to protect ourselves and others by wearing masks and keeping our distance. In this second lockdown, it is difficult for us to comprehend that it makes any difference, but I believe it does. Despite the news in the last few days of a possible vaccine, that gives us hope, we must keep safe in these difficult times.
As we approach the season of Advent, a time when we concentrate our thoughts on hope for the future, we should be encouraging one another to move forward in fighting the virus that is disturbing our normality. In preparation for Sunday, I have been reading these words from St Paul to the new church at Thessalonica: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as indeed you are doing”. The people in that church were young Christians and needed this encouragement as they met with some opposition to their beliefs and proclamation of the message. Even in a slightly different context, we must be ready to encourage and build each other up as we continue to work for freedom from the virus. God bless you in keeping safe.