Message from Beth
So our new confinement begins. You will have noticed that whilst the number of cases are higher than in March, places of worship are allowed to open for services. It has been difficult to decide the best course of action within the chaplaincy but with our main concern being the safety of our members, we won’t be having a service in person at St Paul’s, the smaller of our two churches. We will be having a service at St George’s, but this will be a simple, said service. The standing Committee will review these decisions in a fortnight. Booking will be required, as usual, for the service at St George’s.
Nathaniel asks in the gospel reading today, ‘How do you know me?’ Samuel is likewise surprised by the voice of God calling him, a young boy. In this stay-at-home time, when isolation increases even for those who are at home with family members, can we foster a sense of being known by God? Perhaps we can re-read psalm 139 and put ourselves into each verse. Perhaps we can be the one to make contact with someone we haven’t seen for a while, to be the one who says, you aren’t forgotten.