The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 14 March 2021: Lent IV. Mothering Sunday
- Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Janette Saunders, Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams.
- Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and especially for potential wardens to emerge in Barrowden where the current wardens are due to retire after many years faithful service. A limit of 6 years maximum has now been placed on warden’s service in Barrowden.
- Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline,, contact Sally Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel end this week: Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at email@example.com
- ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 March. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 March: ‘The Historians’. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Canon Philip Gray, a Yorkshireman will talk about the virtue of Prudence. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
Our Church will be open every day from 10-4.
Look out for details of services in Church from April onwards!
This morning a man on the radio was talking about the benefits of nature during the lockdown. He had appreciated it so much more recently and ended by stating that in a couple of weeks the swallows would arrive and all would be well with the world. I wouldn’t go that far but I’m sure we all appreciate what he meant. This weekend is Mothering Sunday when mums will (hopefully!) receive presents. Many of these will be bunches of daffodils and I have very much enjoyed seeing first the snowdrops, then the crocus and now the daffodils
Because of Covid 19 we have lost much of the orderliness of everyday life. We have had to learn new ways of living and communicating (a steep learning curve for some of us!) but Zoom, Teams and Facetime have all become part of our lives. Whether this will continue remains to be seen. There is something very sobering about having to show love through a screen when all that is really wanted is a hug and physical contact. This will be especially poignant on this special Sunday for many people.
But we have also learnt to show love in different ways. Blowing kisses has come back into life, along with waving and virtual hugs. Voices too show how we are feeling. Love is important to each one of us and is precious. Mother love is usually the first love we know but that develops and expands as we grow.
The most enduring love is that which Christ has for each one of us, unchanging and constant. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That is what Jesus did and gave the command that we should love one another. Love comes in many forms. May love be in each of your lives.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens