Dear church family,
For the week ahead we continue to hope and pray that the levels of infections in this area and across the country begin to reduce as the lockdown begins to take effect. With our church buildings closed across the Diocese for public worship but open for private prayer following Bishop Graham’s recommendation yesterday it looks like we will remain on-line for some time to come. Thank you all for staying at home and I understand that some in our community have appointments to receive the vaccine so we are seeing glimmers of hope on the horizon.
For this Sunday we will be leading worship from Trunch with a Holy Communion for the benefice on Facebook (@Trunchgroup) and Zoom:
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Meeting ID: 933 1607 9735
Or by dialling one of these numbers: 0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0208 080 6591, 0208 080 6592, 0330 088 5830 or 0131 460 1196
Meeting ID: 933 1607 9735
And whilst we are not able to gather Cafe church will continue on Facebook (@Cafe church at home).
The other key thing I would like to draw your attention to is finances – I can hear the groan from here – but 2020 was a terrible year for charities and this includes our churches. As we have not had regular Sunday services in church we’ve not been able to offer collections at services or put on our usual fundraising events and as a result we have really struggled to meet our buildings costs, and the cost of ministry. I know that some of you have dug deep and set up regular giving via standing order to support our individual churches and this has really helped but we only managed to pay 73% of our ministry share in 2020 and this will have grave consequences in the future; bluntly we will now either join with more parishes to share the cost of ministry or the Diocese will seek to reduce the level of Clergy support in the benefice to a level that matches our contribution.
So some of you joining us for worship may wish to support the work of our churches and this can be done by simply following this link: https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/donate/?id=1210 and any donation goes direct to the Diocese to cover the cost of ministry in the Trunch Group. Any gift however small will help and I thank you for your support in this.
We endeavour to keep everyone up to date via these emails but please do ‘like’ our Facebook page ’Trunch Group of Parishes’ or visit our website trunchgroup.org for the latest information.
Attached as usual are the readings for Sunday, along with a reflection from Peter, the weekly prayer pointers and the hymns.
Stay safe everyone.