C and P (Coffee and Prayer)
'Thy Kingdom Come' Prayer Journal
In recent years the period between Ascension and Pentecost has been desiginated as a time for special prayer, under the initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come.' Norma will be preaching on the theme of prayer on Ascension Sunday (24th. May) and encouraging people to keep a Prayer Journal and/ or join us for a short time of prayer and reflection each day during this period, use Zoom conferencing. More details on the 24th. May in the online service. The Prayer Journal is available to download under 'Prayer Resources.'
Who are these robed men that stand beside?
Angels guide us not to stand and stare.
Above, the gates of heaven are opening wide.
As Christ ascends, a mansion to prepare.
As Jesus' presence disappears from sight,
His promise is another one to send.
One who will be our prompting inner light,
When God's own Spirit earthbound does descend.
This coming Spirit, blowing where it will,
Means we must first within us let it pray,
Whilst groans and inward sighs, form us until,
We're shaped so that we long to walk His way.
Ascended now, Christ leaves our time and place,
And we no longer look towards the skies.
Ascended so that he may fill all space,
Until our souls do heavenward arise.
Next Bishop of Chester
It has just been announced that the next Bishop of Chester will be the Revd. Mark Tanner. Mark is presently Bishop of Berwick in Northumberland and was formerly Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He has a strong connection with Chester Diocese, and started his ministry as a Curate at St. Mary's, Upton on the Wirral. We wish him well. Please prayer for Mark and his family; this is a difficult time to start such a major ministry!
Rogation Service, Sunday 17th. May, 11.00 a.m. - online service
Corona Virus Continuity Plan
It is with great sadness that we write this article. What we have feared for several weeks has finally arrived, as the whole country anxiously prepares for an uncertain future.
Together with the Church Wardens, we have prepared a continuity plan, which the Diocese have requested, addressing three key area of church life, namely worship, pastoral care and financial stability.
Before I outline this plan, I would like to stress that communication is of great importance, especially as the most vulnerable in our society socially isolate. I therefore encourage anyone reading this article to either make others aware of this website as an important source of ongoing information, or, for those who don’t do technology and social media, to contact them by telephone to keep them up to date.
We are grateful to Simon Jones who has produced two special access areas on the website. Under the general heading ‘Other Activities’ (on the left of the home page screen) you can click on ‘latest updates’ for any relevant new information that we become aware of. We will update this most day, even if it is simply to state that there is ‘no new information.’ Clicking on ‘Prayer Resources’ will allow access to prayers for individual use. New resources will appear each week.
So, back to the plan!
As from 24th, March, we have had to close the churches and therefore there will be no opening for private prayer.
Worship resources will, however, be available via the Church of England website (see below)
Click here for Music for Tilston and Shocklach Churches
including online streaming of services.
I also refer you to the 9.45 a.m. daily Radio 4 LW service.
It is also worth pointing out that the graveyards in the churches can still be visited by those wanting to tend family graves and pray.
See 25th. March 'latest update' for details - As from 29th. March we will be having a short online act of worship at 11.00 a.m. every Sunday. Please join us. There will also be a Good Friday Meditation 'Witnesses to the Easter Story' at 10.00 a.m.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a letter to all clergy regarding the current crisis. In this letter they remind us of an often quoted saying of William Temple (a former Archbishop) that the church is the one organisation that exists for the benefit of ‘non-members.’
This help may include the need for ‘Foodbank’ aid. With this in mind, please continue to support this with your donations.
Of course, we are available to offer spiritual support in whatever ways we can. Do not hesitate to ring the Vicarage – 01829250989 – with any prayer requests you or others may have, or even if you are just feeling isolated and anxious and simply want a listening ear.
With regular giving via Sunday collection plates not taking place, our Treasurers will have to transfer monetary resources from saving/ deposit accounts to current accounts to pay ongoing bills.
We would encourage all who give weekly to put money aside for the churches as normal; better still, leave your monetary gifts in the collection plate if you visit the church for pray.
Tim and Norma
Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
St Mary's Tilston St Edith's Shocklach
Please contact Rev Tim Robinson and Rev Norma Robinson on 01829 250989
Shocklach Churchwardens: Helen Peel 01829250184 or helenpeel@live. co.uk or Jerry Mobbs 01829 271005
For bellringing matters
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