This Month

Churches together Wivenhoe
A brief message will be broadcast on Colne Radio 106.6FM and on-line, on a rota by each of the Wivenhoe churches’ representatives, on Sundays around the top of the hour at 10am, 2pm and 8pm.

June 2020

Sunday morning services will be streamed from the Rectory and can be followed on our Facebook page.

SundayClub@Home will provide content for our children with a new package each week.

LATEST NEWS: Please read the Rector’s letter re phased re-opening of St Mary’s from later this month.

RECTOR’S WEBWORDS

Smile again

You may remember the talk by cartoonist Dave Walker that we organised in church in 2018. Dave’s cartoons illustrate that there is humour in many situations of church life. Not only church but life in general should include some light-heartedness. In particular in this worrying time our sense of humour is essential for our well-being. A smile brings healing.

Humour currently helps me through a feature of my ministry that is new since the beginning of the crisis. The ministry of a Parish priest is typically a well-balanced mixture of joy and grief, celebration and commemoration. In the last couple of months weddings and baptisms have been cancelled, and I was not permitted to visit ill people and bereaved families. This has created an imbalance in my pastoral ministry. This is emotionally draining. I know you experience the same in your relationships with your friends and family; just when others need you most, social distancing prevents you from being physically close to them.

But because of this challenging situation we have seen tremendous creativity and initiatives that have united people in spirit. And for those who are isolating internet, phone and publications like Tidings have been a real lifeline. After several weeks of isolation people start counting their blessings and, as the rainbow appears with the showers, our smile can be seen again (unless it is hidden behind a facemask). As Christians we live life lightly and solemnly at the same time because we rejoice and hope in a life-giving God.

We conclude Eastertide – the season of life and joy – with the feast of Pentecost. As the anxious disciples did, you may open your heart for God’s spirit who echoes the words of our risen Lord: ‘Do not be afraid. Peace be with you.’

Erwin

CURRENT ST MARY’S ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday morning Communion service at 10.30 – on our Facebook page
  • Weekly video introducing Sunday worship – on Youtube & this website
  • Sunday Club @ Home – on the Sunday Club page
  • St Mary’s Singers singalong – by email to choir members
  • Bible study – by email
  • Men’s Group – via Zoom
  • Phone buddies – by telephone, contact the Rector
  • St Mary’s Bellringers – via WhatsApp and Zoom
  • Alpha course – via Zoom
  • e-Newsletter – by email subscription
  • Tidings Magazine – Royal Mail distribution to subscribers
  • ‘Thought for Sunday’ on Colne Radio – on 106.6FM and on line

©David Walker, used with permission

Bishop Stephen’s Easter message
It can be read here