Holy Communion for the 7th Sunday of Easter part 1 from Holy Trinity, Besthorpe.
Holy Communion for the 7th Sunday of Easter part 2 from Holy Trinity, Besthorpe.
Many thanks to Revd Canon John Smith and his wife Rosie for providing the videoed service this week.
You can see all of Revd Mandy's videos on her youtube channel.
Easter in our East Trent Group of Parishes
When you read this, we will have passed the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown, which was announced on March 23rd, 2020. It’s not an anniversary to celebrate with champagne and cake, but rather to mark with quiet thought for the people who’ve lost their lives, their health, their income, their way of life and their safety and well being. It’s an anniversary to remember those who long to see their friends and family and to give thanks for those who’ve been born into a very different world with only their immediate family for company. It’s an anniversary to pray for those who long for their wedding and to see their children baptised.
So, let’s take some time to reflect on this pandemic year with honesty about what’s been good and bad and let’s look forward to the year ahead. Things have improved; the vaccination programme is bringing hope of a life with less risk of infection and less restrictions. Weddings and Baptisms are being arranged for the summer and we should be able to travel around Britain for much wanted holidays and reunions.
I always find it easier to be a bit more hopeful in spring, with signs of new life all around, and of course spring brings Easter with it. Easter brings us more hope even than a vaccine can, more hope even than a wedding or baptism and even more hope than a holiday or a family and friends get together. Easter reminds us that when it looked like nothing could get worse; when it looked like all the goodness hope and promise which Jesus had brought to the world was destroyed, when Jesus himself was dead and buried, everything was turned round and made good.
Jesus rose from the dead; he left behind the tomb and grave clothes behind. Death could not cling to him or hold him, because they have no power over love and everything about Jesus was love. This is real hope; that death cannot have the last word. We are made for life and however hard life gets we know that Jesus has opened the way to better life, both in this world and beyond our own death.
Our Easter celebrations in church will be different this year, though thankfully we are able to have services. We will follow all the guidelines to keep everyone safe, so if you come to church, please remember your face covering, hand sanitising, social distancing and contact details.
We will record Easter services so that you can join in worship without leaving home, and if you want to join in Evening Prayer via zoom, let me know. If you want to be sent weekly news, readings, prayers and thoughts, let me know that too.
We are not able to sing our Easter hymns and we mustn’t mingle outside our households or support bubbles, but that will not make any difference to the Easter message:
The Lord is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Have a very happy and blessed Easter. Revd Mandy.
Keep in touch:
Rector: Revd Mandy Cartwright, 01636 361657 email@example.com
Administrator: Mrs Christine Hasman, 01636 679105 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayers about the outbreak:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.
The Church of England is undertaking a second review of files held in all dioceses and parishes to ensure that churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults.
Known as the Past Cases Review 2, it aims to identify both good practice and institutional failings in the way that allegations of abuse have been handled in the past. It will also provide recommendations on how practice and processes can be improved.
Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) on 01636 817200 or email email@example.com
However, recognising that for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church may not feel comfortable, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the East Trent Group of Churches:
Rev Mandy Cartwright, Rector, 01636 361657
Val Watson, Safeguarding Coordinator, 01522 779070
Sally Lee, Safeguarding Coordinator, 01522 778691
In the Southwell & Nottingham Diocese:
Safeguarding Team, 01636 817200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nottinghamshire County Council Children's & Adult Social Care:
Out of Hours for Children & Adults: 0300 456 4546