this time of national emergency we are all adapting to the strange and
constrained circumstances in which we need to live our daily lives. The
leadership of our church is working very hard to transition to new ways
of working with one aim in mind: to keep us all connected and in touch
and able to serve one another as best we can. We are quickly moving to
becoming a ‘virtual church’, using the gifts and skills of our amazing
congregation to shift our decision-making and collaboration to online
platforms. Our pastoral care is now being expressed through regular
phone and video calls, emails and social media platforms, in place of
face to face meetings. Worship is being resourced online too and we have
a constantly updated list of links to worship resources for you to use.
Prayer is being facilitated through a dedicated WhatsApp group.
Arrangements are in place to help those self-isolating with deliveries
of essential items if required.
have made great strides in the last week or so in pulling all of this
together and can assure you that we want no one to be left out of this
provision. If you would appreciate some practical support, prayer, or
would simply value a chat on the phone, please do get in touch with one
of the stewards or myself.
St Paul teaches, “there is nothing love cannot face. I am very well
aware of the amazing work that is going on transforming the life of our
church in this time of crisis, and of the sacrificial contributions
being made to make this happen. I am aware too, of the great demands and
burdens many of you are bearing. As we approach Holy Week we travel
together towards the cross, where God bears our pain and anguish. As we
pray for and care for one another, as we seek to serve our community,
and as we support those most directly affected by Covid-19, we are
always full of Easter hope.
is with great sadness that we have to announce that all regular
activities and services at Burniston are now cancelled until further
notice. While we may not be able to meet together in the usual way, we
remain God’s church, and it is our hope and prayer that we can come
together as a community of believers to care for one another and to
shine God’s light and love around about us. May you know the peace and
assurance that only God can give in this time of uncertainty.
would like to offer some kind of virtual church each Sunday, so at the
moment the church leadership are trying to find suitable resources and
ways to facilitate this. We will provide further updates about this
soon, in the mean time you may wish to join the private Facebook group for church members as a way to keep in touch. Please feel free to reply to this email with any suggestions or requests.
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