Our current membership is around 75 and we welcome people of all
ages and backgrounds to join us in Sunday Worship. There is a
crèche and an active Junior Church. Our main service is at 10.30
a.m. with teas and coffees available after the service. There is
also an evening service at 6.30 p.m. and there are various events
throughout the week; see the activities and events pages for details.
Covid-19 Emergency; Update 8 April 2020
Easter is a usually a time for
gathering together. Something we do within our churches to celebrate the
resurrection of Christ, and something that also happens beyond Church as people
gather to enjoy shared company, and spring-time weather. Sadly, we are
not quite sure how long it will be until we can do these things again, and so I
wanted to write a letter of greeting at this time when life is difficult, to
say the least.
There are a number of words which
have occurred to me over these past weeks, and I think “uncertainty” is
probably one which is towards the top of the list. Whilst each of us
lives with a degree of uncertainty from day-to-day in ordinary times, we are
now in an uncertain situation affecting all of us. We may find that this
brings with it emotions which may be unexpected, and it can be hard to maintain
optimism for ourselves and for our world.
There are, however, other contrasting
words which are present for us at this time of year, and which continue to be
central to Christian faith. We often speak of ‘Easter joy’, and ‘Easter
hope’, as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
Both phrases reflect the disciples’
meetings with the risen Christ. They had renewed joy in his presence,
and found hope in the future that he brought to them. This would not mean that
their future earthly lives would be easy, or that uncertainty would vanish.
It did not mean that, in human terms, all would be safe and secure -
quite the opposite!
But it did mean that they could serve
faithfully because of what had been witnessed, and what they knew to be true.
‘Joy’ should not be seen as an easy
word which describes a superficial experience of happiness. It is not a
false-smile which we have to maintain, even when times are perplexing. It
is, rather, that deeper sense that even in situations around us which seem
closer to Good Friday than Easter Sunday, still we may find joy in the presence
This leads us to have hope that
beyond the present moment with its anxiety and distress, we may have faith in
the risen Christ who has shown us that light is stronger even than the darkness
in which we may feel engulfed.
As we strive for faith, and as we
rejoice in faith, feelings of uncertainty may not necessarily be taken away, or
all fears relieved. But through amazing grace we are provided with that
continuing hope of being held now and for ever in the arms of God who loves us.
With Easter greetings and every blessing at this challenging time.
Revd Stephen Maunder
We will continue to offer a weekly video or
audio message from one of the Circuit ministers, as well as other means of
keeping in contact during this very difficult time.
The link for the latest circuit message is:
while daily prayers are available at: