Lynn

Light for all!

Light for all!

February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of Christ - better known to many as Candlemas.

We celebrate this light filled end to the Christmas season on Sunday 30th January at 6.30pm with a candlelit service at St Peter's Church in Brooke.  Everyone is welcome to join in this family friendly service filled with music and candles.

As an exciting new venture we will also be joining with Brooke Primary School on 2nd February.  After a special assembly in the morning, the children will be making lanterns ready for a procession to church in the afternoon.  They will then take part in a service where we will remember the story of Jesus being presented in the Temple.  We're all looking forward to sharing the day with the children.

 

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Lynn

Keeping Safe in 2022

Keeping Safe in 2022

Whilst we hope to keep our churches open for prayer and worship, we are taking extra precautions at the moment to keep visitors and congregations safe.  It is a legal requirement to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) in a church building at the moment and we've put signs up to help you remember.  It's wonderful that we are all allowed to join in with singing, but we're being cautious and keeping our masks on for this.  There's hand santiser by all our doors, so please use it to help us keep the surfaces, books and other things you might touch clean.  If you come to a service, we'll still ask you to sign in and leave a contact number in case there is any risk of contact with the virus.  We'll let you know if that's the case.

If you are hesitant, please let us know.  There's always plenty of space, so we can find you somewhere to sit away from other people.  We'll do our best to keep at least one service each Sunday on Zoom, so that you can join us from home if you would rather.

Let's hope that all these precautions are temporary and that, before too long, we can go back to the greater level of freedom we were enjoying last year.  While they are in place though, let's all take care of one another and try to encourage each other along and let's continue to pray for those who are suffering the virus or its knock on effects, for those who are working in the NHS and other essential professions and for those who have been bereaved.

 

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Lynn

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Sending Christmas greetings to all.

"The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness cannot put it out."

 

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Lynn

Advent Musings

Advent Musings

As the season of Advent dawns we find ourselves once more in a period of watching and waiting as the "omicron" varient of Covid 19 reveals itself.  It feels as if the uncertainty of the pandemic has increased again and all our planning and hoping is less confident.  In the benefice, until instructed otherwise, we will continue to hold services and events "in person", taking care with ventilation and welcoming the wearing of face coverings, but not enforcing them.  Our biggest hope is that we don't return to the "no singing" rule - another Christmas with no carols would be hard to bear.

The waiting of the Advent season is very different from the waiting linked to Covid 19.  It is expectant waiting.  Not waiting to find out the results of tests and investigations, but waiting for a promised event in which we can have confidence - we just don't know when it will happen.  As we count the days we wait for our yearly reminder of the birth of Christ, our Saviour; celebrated at Christmas.  We wait too for his promised return in glory, to judge and rule the earth.  We do not know when this will be, but the assurance that it will happen may provide us with the hope we need to keep working for good, to keep faith with God and to keep living life to the full.

As we continue to take great care, let us also enjoy the freedoms of the moment and prepare to celebrate together this year.

 

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Lynn

November Remembering

November Remembering

November is the month to remember.

We have the opportunity at the very beginning of the month to remember our loved ones who have died, linking to the feast of All Souls.  This year we are offering two opportunties for people to come to church to remember, both a formal service and an open time to "just be".  Many people have been bereaved in the last eighteen months or so, and some are still grieving for time they were not able to spend with a loved on at the end of their life, or for a funeral that was struck by the regulations.  If you know someone in this situation please encourage them to come along, it might help a little with their journey.

As we have in the past we join with the Nation on Remembrance Sunday to keep the tradition of holding in mind all those who have given their lives in the service of our country.  We hope to be able to hold services "in person" this year, but also to share the Brooke service on Zoom for those who would rather stay at home.

Amazingly the last Sunday of the month takes us into Advent - the beginning of a new church year.  We will be marking this with a special evening service.  Keep an eye out as details of our plans to celebrate the feast of Christmas begin to emerge.

 

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Lynn

Cecil says......

Cecil says......

.....come and try my summer Churchyard Trail.

Cecil the caterpillar has laid a trail in the churchyard at Brooke and is inviting children and families (and anyone else) to come and explore during the month of August.  You can pick up a trail sheet in the church porch and then make your way through the churchyard looking for clues.  There's a sheet for Key Stage One children, and a more challenging one for Key Stage Two youngsters.  If you fill in your name and contact details you can enter our prize draw.  There will be two lucky winners at the end of the month.

We look forward to welcoming you along.

 

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