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Coronavirus – a book for children

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the Gruffalo, has illustrated a new online book that helps to explain the Coronavirus to children. You may find it helpful to sit down and read this with your children.

https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INS.pdf

Thought for the Day : Wednesday 8 April

Thought for the Day from Hayley Matthews of All Hallows:

Readings: Jeremiah 11.18-20 ; Luke 22.54-end

7pm Candle Prayers

Each day we will be sharing Candle Prayers at 7pm. Do join with us from where ever you are. We will be sharing photos of your candles so do please share them with us by emailing them to Paul or Alice.

Ted

Thought for the Day : Tuesday 7 April

Thought for the Day from Tony Whatmough of St Michael’s:

Readings: Lamentations 3.1-8 ; Luke 22.39-53

I love this painting by Stanley Spencer, Christ Carrying His Cross.

Christ Carrying His Cross by Stanley Spencer

Spencer lived a chaotic life, and yet despite all that, his paintings inspire.

In this painting, my eye focuses on all the people hanging out of their windows to see what is going on below them. They are watching this man carrying a cross, and probably have no idea at all what it was all about.

To me it seems to reflect our position at the moment. Instead of participating in the life of our communities at the moment, we are mostly indoors, picking up hints of what is going on around us, and only able to help our neighbours by keeping away from them.

As I read our Gospel passage for today, it seems to reflect our current situation. The disciples had no real idea of what was going on. Jesus is going through his agony in the garden, and his followers, his friends simply fall asleep. Jesus doesn’t require anything from them except their company. Jesus needs companionship just as we do. All he asks of us is that we walk with him, supporting him by our presence.

This Holy Week is all we can do this year. We can’t do any of the normal things we would do in church. We can’t act, we can only be. You would have thought that this might be a limitation, but strangely enough, it isn’t. More people are engaging through live streaming than perhaps would have done if our churches had been open, and people are supporting each other through phone calls, emails and social media etc. What seems like a limitation is in fact an opportunity.

As we look at Spencer’s painting, can we see ourselves there? Which window is ours? How do we accompany Jesus on the way to the cross this year? And how are we supporting those who desperately need our companionship?

7pm Candle Prayers

Each day we will be sharing Candle Prayers at 7pm. Do join with us from where ever you are. We will be sharing photos of your candles so do please share them with us by emailing them to Paul or Alice.

Holy Week has started. Here are Dave and Hannah with their palm crosses

Thought for the Day : Monday 6 April

Thought for the Day from Nigel Greenwood of St Chad’s:

Readings: Lamentations 1.1-12a ; Luke 22.1-23

It is sometimes said that people turn to prayer during times of crisis, and the current epidemic of Covid-19 certainly meets that criterion. In former times, churches may be fuller than usual, but sadly today they all remain empty as we enter Holy Week on our spiritual journey towards Easter.

It is perhaps ironic that, at the time when Christ emerged from his period in the wilderness, life across the world is heading into isolation.

Another saying which is certainly true is “we’re all in it together” for such an infectious disease does not discriminate between people in any way. Yet as we hear daily, many are drawn to offer their time and gifts in the service of others, working for the common good – perhaps putting their own well-being at risk.

When faced with situations beyond our understanding or control, we can ask ourselves a vital question which may challenge us in many ways: “how would Jesus respond ?” … and there can surely be no doubt that Jesus will be alongside people who are sick, isolated or vulnerable and those who are supporting or caring for them.

Indeed, we all know of people acting in a Christ-like manner within our worshipping communities – putting their faith into practice, but of course also many others of all faiths or none doing likewise.

For us as Christians, trying to cope with what is happening, we can take comfort from the Lord’s Prayer, because as we say “Our Father” we are instantly drawn together within that over-arching love which demolishes any boundaries between us, for the almighty & everlasting God, whose name is hallowed, loves each of us personally in the sacrament of the present moment. It is this certainty which both drives and enables us in everything we do … for with this, we really are all in it together !

(Material from David Rhodes reflection on the Lord’s Prayer is used with permission and gratefully acknowledged).

God with us in Daily Life – Anna Bland

Over the past few years we have been running a series of interviews where we ask people where God is in their Daily Lives. Over the next few weeks we will be continuing these online and today we meet Anna Bland.

This Week 6th-12th April 2020

Holy Week
Every evening @7pm Candle Prayers
Monday to Thursday @10am Prayers + Readings + Chitchat with the vicar by Zoom – email Paul for the link
Mon 6 Apr @12-2:30pm Rainbow Junktion CafeTake out only
Wed 8 Apr @7pm Live streamed Candle Prayers from Jan’s house via our Facebook page
Thu 9 Apr @12-2:30pm Rainbow Junktion CafeTake out only
Maundy Thursday evening @7pm “Cyber Seder!” AH facebook live from the vicarage – we’ll talk and pray through the symbols of Jesus’ Last Supper
Good Friday @12 noon At the foot of the cross- Mark 14 and 15 AH Facebook video reflections
Fri 10 Apr @12-2:30pm Rainbow Junktion CafeTake out only
Holy SaturdayHoly radio silence!
Easter Sunday 12 Apr @10.30am Alleluia Christ is Risen! Easter Sunday morning worshipLive from the vicarage via our Facebook page

See our calendar for more details of what is happening in the All Hallows’ community

7pm Candle Prayers

Each day we will be sharing Candle Prayers at 7pm. Do join with us from where ever you are. We will be sharing photos of your candles so do please share them with us by emailing them to Paul or Alice.

“All Hallows’ candle prayer coincides with our nightly clapping for the support workers. Love to the All Hallows’ family” – Lesley and Faye

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Mark 5:36

Sunday Morning Service 5th April 2020

Welcome to our Palm Sunday morning service which was streamed live from the home of Heston and Lydia. You can find the liturgy here.

The service starts about 10 minutes into the video.

If the video doesn’t appear here click on the Facebook link or YouTube link.