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Hello everyone and welcome to St. Georges.
There is a lot to update you on this week, beginning the 28th June,, all of which can be found in the newsletter. However the most exciting news is that we are reopening for private prayer on Sundays 11am-12pm, starting this Sunday! The St Georges team have worked incredibly hard to ensure the building is covid safe. If you do choose to visit, you will find quite a few differences, in particular many of the pews have been moved to allow space for social distancing and there are signs everywhere. These signs are there to guide/instruct us all around the building in the safest possible manner. There will be a volunteer present during this time so if you are uncertain in any way, they can help (socially distanced of course).
Wishing you all every blessing for the week ahead,
God bless, take care & stay safe.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. What to expect? The hymn & reflection will last around 20 minutes. When you dial the number you will be asked to press star if you’d like to hear the full message by the Archbishop. Or press 1 to hear the hymn for the day - this includes a hymn, a reflection on the hymn, then hear the song again & short prayer. There will be a different hymn each day.
Reports for APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) Although, as reported previously, it has been necessary to postpone the APCM that was planned for Sunday 26 April we would still like to compile all necessary reports so that there are no unnecessary delays in holding this meeting when things do return to normal. (Unfortunately, whilst it is permitted to hold some meetings, including PCC, by remote means such as video conferencing the APCM must be held in person.) In order to assist with this please could all groups/team leaders please send their reports to Jenny Liddle at email@example.com as soon as possible, thanks.
Article on Bishop Robert Grosseteste. During lock down I have taken the chance to do some reading. On our most recent visit to Lincoln Sue and I picked up a booklet in the cathedral on this former Bishop of the Diocese. As many of you know we both trained for our respective vocations at Bishop Grosseteste College, now a university, during the 70’s, so there was a personal aspect to the reading. It proved to be fascinating. Apart from the name we were aware that his grave was in the south transept of the cathedral. During the civil war, when Cromwell has used the cathedral as a stable, it had been demolished by parliamentarian troops. Following the restoration a much simpler grave stone had been placed at the spot, which still remains today as the visible memorial to this remarkable man. Robert lived in the late twelfth century, being born at Stradbroke in Suffolk to poor parents. Indeed, this has often caused speculation that Grosseteste may not have been his real name as it is french, the language of the Norman conquerors. Did he adopt a more advantageous name to increase his chances of advancement? He died in 1253 and was interned in a grave inside the cathedral as was the custom of the day having been bishop of Lincoln from 1235 until his death. This was an age when there was little division between academic subjects. So it was always possible to find topics drawing on many disciplines being discussed by Theologians. Grosseteste was both an academic theologian and a scientist, but of course science was seen as a means to understand the created nature of the universe that God had made. His particular fascination was the ‘metaphysics of light’. This is what grabbed me, in his essay on light ‘Tractatus de Luce’ he expresses the following; ‘The physical universe is made up of light, so that all its features, including space, time, non-living and living things, spheres and stars, are in reality different forms taken by a single fundamental energy’. (Light). Don’t you just find that mind blowing! In an age before Copernicus, when humans thought the earth was the centre of the universe, before we knew on the grand scale, about the structure of the universe, or on the micro scale the structure of the atom, Grosseteste was arguing for a unity of energy amongst all things. Clearly he thought of this in scriptural terms, and after all the early apostles follow the teaching of Jesus in thinking that we are ‘children of the light’. Just marvel and let your minds ponder the implications. You are made of star dust and so is your neighbour and beyond that you are connected to all things by a sharing of light, divinely created and made by His hand. It’s an environmental creed. Interconnectivity was written into creation. Indeed in Genesis, God’s opening act of creation itself is to make light. We could make more of this but this is designed just to encourage you to think a little. If you have never been to Lincoln, then put it on your bucket list. Whilst there visit the grave of this little known Bishop, and thank God for ancient minds and olden wisdom, that can do much to inform our present age, generation, and situation. God bless to you all. Reverend Allan Scrivener
PRAYER CHAIN: The Prayer Chain is being restarted. if you were a prayee or would like to be a prayee please speak to Gilly. Prayer request cards will be at the back of the church/ will be distributed in our parish . If you would like to be prayed for please text or phone and leave a message on : 07393034515 giving as much or as little detail as you are comfortable with. All information will be treated as confidential and will be deleted, along with the caller’s number, within 24 hours.