Sunday 27 September Virtual Service Hello everyone.

Thank you to Jonathan for the sermon today, to Emma for reading the Epistle and Gospel, and to Julie and Alan for reminding us to keep on walking in the light.

It is now almost exactly six months since we went into lockdown as a nation. In any long term situation of trauma the six month point is the time of testing, the point at which even the most resilient of us struggles to keep going. 

I have been reflecting this week on the hymn that Jonathan alludes to in his sermon today “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy”. Lines like “The heart of the eternal / is most wonderfully kind” speak to us of God’s constancy despite outward circumstances. And “there is room for fresh creations”: room for renewed creativity, even in the midst of Covid-19. 

Next month is the month of our Harvest celebrations. For the first three Sundays in October the Church will be decorated for Harvest. Our thanks go to Sara Leefe and the flower arranging team for making this possible. This year our Harvest appeal will support the Trussell Trust, in particular the work of the Leeds North West Foodbank. If you aren’t coming back to Church just yet but would like to give at Harvest-time you might wish to consider making a donation to the Trussell Trust.

Next Sunday our main act of worship will be a Book of Common Prayer Communion service. The following week it will be an All Age celebration of harvest without communion. The week after that it will be a Common Worship holy communion service. It will be an opportunity for us to celebrate Harvest in the three main worship styles we have at St Giles.

Jonathan in his virtual sermon reminds us that we need to be able to say yes to Christ; to be obedient to God’s call. If we are the Christian faith’s “boots on the ground” we need to be found worthy of our calling. 

The following Advent collect seemed appropriate:

Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord
that when he shall appear
he may not find us asleep
but active in his service and joyful in his praise.  Amen.

Click on Jonathan’s Photo to Read his Sermon
Thank you for all your gifts to the asylum seekers at the Mercure.  They have run out of storage space at the moment, so can accept no more for the time being.  They will be looking for other kinds of support in the future, in particular help with acquiring English.  If you feel called to this kind of work, watch this space for future information.

Harvest 2020

We will be supporting our local foodbank at our harvest collections on the first three Sundays in October this year.  They particularly need tins (fruit, potatoes and meat), long life fruit juice, vegetarian meals, cleaning products (and soap and loo rolls) and sponge and rice puddings.  Please bring goods to fill our trolley!  More details next week,

Track and Trace at St Giles

picture of Angela demonstrating the use of the QR code

St Giles is supporting NHS Track and Trace.  If you have a suitable mobile phone you can register your presence by using the QR code as demonstrated by Angela above.  We will still however be asking all people to sign in as well.

The Diocese has just published details of lay training.  If you are interested in courses on ‘The World of Jesus’, ‘Pastoral Conversations’ or a new Discovery Course

Church Services

You will all be aware of the local Leeds COVID guidance issued 25 September 2020.  Church services continue to be held at 9.30am every Sunday.  From October this will be a Communion Service (except on 2nd Sundays). There is also a Holy Communion service on Thursdays at 10.30am.
  Social distancing regulations, the wearing of face coverings and the use of hand sanitiser continue to be essential for the safety of all.  Numbers may be limited at these services.  This weekly Virtual Service will continue for the time being as well.

Virtual Service 27 September