Coronavirus - Worship is Suspended
Following the third national lockdown, amid fears the number of COVID-19 cases could overwhelm our local health and social care services, regular public worship remains suspended. We will review again at the end of February. Until then regular worship will continue, but online. This decision does not affect funerals. Please keep checking the website for updates.
For Lent this year, we are embarking on a Lent project which we can all get involved in. Come and See is about helping us all to explore our faith more deeply. In this time of pandemic and lockdown, the research indicates many people are asking questions of faith - both those who consider themselves faithful for years and those who have never thought much about it.
Come and See is in two parts:
- Invitations. From 24th January until 14th February we are asking the whole congregation to invite someone they know to 'Come and See' Jesus, just as Philip invited Nathaniel (John 1:46).
- Explorations. Throughout Lent (17th February onwards), there will be weekly reflections available on video, for us all to watch and ponder. For those who want to, we'll be offering the chance for groups to meet to discuss the videos and explore further (unfortunately due to the restrictions these will almost certainly need to be online).
More details will follow, especially help with how to issue the invitations, but for now we ask you think about who you might invite to 'Come and See', and begin to pray for them.
Thank you to all who contributed to the Online Worship to celebrate our Patronal festival for St Mary Magdalene. You can watch the video here—the bells were calling us to worship for about ten minutes before the service began at 9.30am, so you might want to skip though that after you've got the flavour of them!
You can also watch the sermon, preached by the Reverend Hannah Cartwright, Assistant Curate, St Mary and St Nicholas, Littlemore, and hear Nigel's prayers from Great Hampden church.
And lastly here is the opening and closing music, with thanks to the Hampden Consort.
We have launched the fundraising appeal for our 2020 Vision project as we approach our 800th Anniversary next year. This is an exciting opportunity to preserve our church's heritage whilst making it feel much warmer, lighter and more comfortable for us all. Our plans are still developing. We need you to get involved by praying for our vision, supporting us in fundraising, and working alongside the dedicated team who are delivering the vision for our church as a place of meeting between God and his people. To find out more pick up a leaflet or look online at www.greathampden.org.uk/2020. To get involved please speak to one of the clergy, Tony, Val or Roger.