St Thomas News Extra- 31st July 2020

Dear Church,

A little reminder of what's happening at the moment:

Sundays -
We'll be streaming again from the church building this Sunday at 10.30 on Facebook and YouTube. Feel free to join in on Zoom if you want to feel more in the action (Zoom ID 631 970 6882 - join from 10.20-10.30) - as this is Louise's last service, we will be praying for her. If you would like to pray for her, again please join the Zoom call.

We'll again be having a communion service in St Thomas' at 4pm. It's helpful if you can let me know if you plan to come, as numbers are limited by social distancing.

These services are spoken (no singing) and only bread is distributed (not wine). The bread remains covered until it is distributed and is taken to congregants in their seats. No one will be compelled to wear a face mask this week, but as the suggestion is that the wearing of masks may give limited protection to others, you may wish to consider how you respond. However, from next week (August 9th) it appears face masks will be a legal requirement for those attending.

Hope Club -
If your family is taking part in the Hope Holiday Club at Home, you should receive your holiday club bag before Sunday, and this week's video will go live on the Facebook group at 4pm on Sunday.

There will be a new Verse of the Week video on YouTube/Facebook early next week. But, fitting in with this Sunday's talk, the verses will be John 15.4-5: Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

Do think creatively about how you can continue to be part of the St Thomas' community, loving one another, gathering in small groups where possible, keeping in touch, praying, encouraging.

God bless,

Al

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Rev. Alistair Rycroft
St Thomas' Church, York

"You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on You, who trusts in You." (Isaiah 26.3)