MESSAGE FROM REV GAYNOR

Sadly, in accordance with Government restrictions and by instruction from our Archbishop, we have now reached the stage where we are having to close our church buildings. However, this does not mean that we have to put ‘being church’ on hold. Rather, that we just find different ways of worshipping together and interceding on behalf of our communities and our world in these most extraordinary of times.

Here in the Grosmont Group of churches we would like to invite all who are able to join us in a Sunday service of Morning Prayer by Skype, starting this Sunday, 29 March at 10am. To participate in the service you will need to be able to use Skype yourself then…

  In your address search box type either Grosmont Churches OR johnandmary-91 this should give you the contact details and then you will need to request a contact, which will be checked and respond to daily.
 
Please request a contact well in advance of the service time (preferably by the day before) so that when you come online before the service you can be invited into the video link before the service starts.
 
This is something we have never done before and should give us a way of sharing prayer and worship together. However as it is a new venture there are bound to be some glitches as we all get used to how this may work, so please be patient, Thank you.

In addition to this there will be a blessed thought posted on the website each Sunday following the lectionary readings. Prayer resources for use at home are available from the Church in Wales website https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/praying-at-home-4.pdf

Additional resources can be found on the same site, Monmouth Diocese and by clicking on the Covid-19 Coronavirus box in the top left hand corner. There is a section under resources which you may find of help and interest.

If you would like to keep in touch with things happening in the Diocese and beyond, take a look at the Monmouth Diocese Twitter page. You don’t need to join Twitter to do this. The Church Times have a page of useful resources for worship which you can access from this site.

Mary Moore is investigating setting up a Grosmont Group Facebook page for folk to share prayer requests and to keep in touch with each other, and we are looking at other ways of making a communal service available. If you should have any further ideas of how we can support each other and continue to share God’s love in these challenging times please let me know.

You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Rev Gaynor

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