We have again had to take the difficult decision to suspend worship in church. We're not expecting to resume services in person until we can have more confidence that the protective measures we have put in place can minimise the risk to all of us of catching the virus.
But it's important to remember that even if our church doors are shut, we are still a family of faith; our faith in God is undiminished; public worship may be suspended, but the life of God’s kingdom is inextinguishable. If you want to find out more about our online worship and prayer together in this season, please go to our Virtual Church page here - we'd love to have you join us.
We've also extended our online activities by holding a Quiz! Our inaugural All Saints' Quiz took place on Sunday 7th February, and was a great success - not only did we raise more than £120 to boost our funds, we also had a really good fun afternoon, and were so happy to welcome people beyond our usual congregation (though the usual suspects were very welcome too!). Congratulations to our winners Jenni and Ethan, but most of all huge thanks to our young organisers Layla and Amelia! We hope to put on another quiz soon, watch this space.
For more information on the specific steps we're taking in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, please see our dedicated page here.
While we were still meeting in church, it was a joy to be able to welcome our Bishop, the Rt Rev'd Pete Broadbent, to confirm three of our congregation in their Christian faith. We had a great celebration which coincided with our Patronal Festival, All Saints' Day in 2019. Congratulations to those who were confirmed!
We've been delighted to share recent coffee mornings with Harrow MENCAP Connecting Communities, and particularly pleased to be able to welcome guests from Cedars Community Centre, who spoke to us about the work they are doing in the Community. We look forward to our next Harrow MENCAP coffee morning, which we hope will be able to resume soon.
Our annual Memorial Service was held jointly with our dear friends at Queensbury Methodist Church at the beginning of November, and although it was only online, it was a meaningful service for many of those who were able to attend. We lit candles to remember those who have died, either recently or long ago, and reminded ourselves that we are never alone in our grief. If you think this might be a service for you, put it in your diaries, we always hold it on the first Sunday in November.
Finally, if you would like to improve your English by chatting to someone, you are very welcome to practise on us! În cazul în care doriți să îmbunătățească limba engleză prin vorbind informal cu cineva, ai fi foarte binevenit pentru a practica pe noi!