From the Rector

8th April  2021


 

Dear Friends

 

Hope this finds you safe and well

 

It was so lovely to see so many of you over Easter both face to face and online. The numbers of you engaging with our services was fantastic, with over 140 of you at the Good Friday Open Air Family Service and our highest Sunday morning attendance in Church since early March 2020. A massive thank you to all who contributed in making these services happen and those whose creativity facilitated our online contribution, I think we got the balance right and delivered safe and meaningful worship. For the record some 700 people engaged with us in some way during Holy Week and Easter, bless you all!

 

We have now returned to a regular weekly pattern of worship in church: Wednesdays 10am St James, Wednesdays 11am All Saints, Thursdays 10.30am St Michaels Rooms and Fridays 9.15am St Peters. 

 

There will be a Parish Communion in each of our four Churches at 10am on each Sunday, with an 'Online Spiritual Communion Service' also at 10am until May 17th. As I have said before all these services are celebrated in a way that enables us to return to church safely, so please do come and join us when you feel ready.

 

On Sunday 18th April, 10am at St Michael's Winterbourne, I am to be 'Inducted and Installed' formerly as the 'First Rector of the Fromeside Benefice' by the Archdeacon of Malmesbury. This is a very special occasion for us as a Benefice as it is the final part of a journey which began when we formed the Fromeside Partnership of Churches. If you would like to attend this service can you please contact Kathryn at the benefice office either by phone 01454 776518 or email: office@fromesidechurches.org.uk. by Wednesday lunchtime. If you are not lucky enough to get a seat for the service you will be able to catch the service that Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm online.

 

There is still time to support the 'Together 4 Fromeside Christian Aid Vaccines Appeal' for the developing world by clicking on the following link: https://giving.tapsimple.org/online/christian-aid/together-for-fromeside-churches-community-giving-thanks-for-our-covid-vaccines  So far we have raised  over £1030 which is fantastic and well on the way to our £1500 target so a massive thank you to all who have supported the appeal so far. If you want further information, please do contact Alison Bray, our Ecumenical Christian Aid lead, via Zion Church Office 01454 776618.

 

Please do contact me if you have any questions or concerns on any of this information, or if you would welcome a call from one of our 'Pastoral Team' or a home visit from a member of the 'Ministry Team'.  

 

Take Care and God Bless

 

Fr Malcolm (The almost Rector of the Fromeside Benefice)

 

The Rectory, 70 High St, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JQ
 

Tel: 01454 776518   Email: m.strange@fromesidechurches.org.uk