This week’s reflection comes to us from Revd Louise Holliday

As we move away from weekly to monthly letters from our ministerial team, please find below a letter for September from Revd Louise Holliday:

New Season, new start

Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds you well.

We have arrived at the end of August and, for many families, these are the last few days before the children return to school following many months away from the classroom; I am sure you will join me in praying for all who work in education as they prepare for the new term. Our teachers and support staff have done the most amazing job since the beginning of the lockdown and continue to work, selflessly, to ensure the well-being of the children in their care. For the children and their parents, the coming term will be a time to adjust to the ‘new normal’ as they work through the staggered arrival and departure times and get used to the new way of moving around the school buildings. We pray that, in the midst of the changes, there will be a real sense of joy and anticipation for the new academic year.

For many, including our own Amy Birch who is off to Durham to study Biosciences, the coming month marks a huge milestone as they set off to university and embark on the next adventure in life. Covid-19 has certainly had an impact on how colleges and universities are able to welcome students but I’m sure that every measure has been taken to ensure as smooth a transition as possible at this time.

September 6th is a special day for our benefice, being the first Sunday since the end of March, when we will gather for public worship; that service will be at St Giles at 10am, followed by a service of Holy Communion on Thursday 10th September, again in St Giles.

Here’s a reminder of the new pattern of services across the benefice:

1st Sunday Holy Communion at Balderton

2nd Sunday Holy Communion at Barnby

3rd Sunday Holy Communion at Balderton

4th Sunday Holy Communion at Coddington

Every Thursday Holy Communion at Balderton

When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, the service will be at Balderton.

I hope that you will feel able to join us at one of these services. However, we will continue to record a short service for the website each Sunday.

If you or someone you know would appreciate a visit, or would like to receive the sacrament at home, please contact me by phone or email, revdlouiseholliday@gmail.com

01636 704811.

When we gather for worship there will be restrictions in place and guidelines that we must follow, including the wearing of face coverings. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to sharing in worship with you, and to seeing you again after a very long and challenging time. I am sure that we will make the necessary adjustments.

Change can be daunting – as well as exciting – and the measures which must now be in place may add a further level of anxiety to what is a significant moment in the lives of many in our community. I do hope you will join me in prayer as we journey forward together.

I would especially value your prayerful support as we discern the way forward for our benefice; Covid-19 has impacted upon every aspect of our lives, not least the way we gather for worship. As we plan for the future, we will need to be grounded in prayer and so each Sunday, from 6th September, there will be the opportunity to gather to pray, listen and wait on God. If you feel that this is something you could be called to, please come along. We will meet at 4pm in St Giles. For more information, please give me a call.

We have much to be thankful for, and we can be confident that as we step out in faith we will be led by God in new ways of being his Church in Balderton, Barnby and Coddington.

I would like to finish this letter by sending my love and congratulations to our fabulous administrator, Louise Riley, as she and Ian are to be married this Saturday. I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to be taking their service and sharing their joy on the day. No doubt when Lou and Ian return from their time away, they will treat us to the photos. May they know God’s blessings on the day and throughout their life together.

With love and prayer,  Revd Louise

stgilesbalderton@gmail.com