Hello everyone, 

There are now less than 50 days to go until we are officially in Spring and from today only 10 days to go until Lent begins. 

We are jointly running a Lent course with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Bramhope Methodist Church, starting on Thursday of next week. For six weeks we will make our way through the passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel and come up with our own creative response. In spite of all the restrictions imposed by lockdown, it can be a way of looking and living outwardly in response to Christ’s own passion. You will find further details of “Get creative in Lent” in this mailing.

We were sad as a nation to learn of the death of Captain Tom Moore earlier this week. As we celebrate his life of loving service we reflect that there is still so much to give us hope. And here is a hopeful, but I think, reasonable guess: that by Easter things will be better, spring will be breaking through, we shall all be enjoying more daylight and sunshine and as we think of the rock rolled away from the tomb on that first Easter morning it will coincide with the point at which lockdown might be eased.

For many Churches we are presented with lots of opportunities for celebration at around Easter. Also a date for all our diaries: Sunday 28 November will mark our 140th anniversary as the parish of St Giles Bramhope and you are all invited!

A blessing for the week ahead:

And now may God the Son,
the head of the Church, 
the image of the invisible God, 
and the Word made flesh … 
draw alongside us this lockdown 
and fill us with renewed energy and hope.  Amen.

Virtual Service 7 February