November 2020

PEACE

 

Every November St Luke’s Church offer a service of thanksgiving remembering those who have died.

This year we offered two separate services due to the restriction of 30 people at each one. Covid19 has made this year extraordinarily difficult for those who were bereaved just before lockdown and during lockdown. It continues to be difficult for those remembering loved ones who passed away some years ago. How do you grieve when the family can’t get together and hug and support one another? How much harder is it to get through the key dates such as birthdays and anniversaries whilst self -isolating, and/or dealing with your own illness?

Jesus said

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”

The promise of God is that we are not alone, there is HOPE and death does not have the victory. Jesus offers peace - a peace that the world cannot give yet the world is desperately searching for. Would you like to receive some peace? You are welcome to pop into the church (open daily) to light a candle and sit on a chair (sanitized) for a while and offer your thoughts to God.

I also invite you to get in touch if you would like to talk through a bereavement or would like some support. In other news - we are delighted to announce that we have successfully appointed a new Family Minister and a Digital Family Support worker to start in the new year at St Luke’s Church. We had a strong field of applicants and look forward to them starting and running exciting activities such as Messy Church, St Luke’s School support, Tuesday Youth Church and developping our informal Sunday family Service -all as Covid restrictions allow. More details in the next issue of Sway News! Every blessing and peace be with you.

 

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” John 14:27

 

Vicar Jane

Nov 2020