St Paul with All Saints Church, Chatham: A message from Revd Andrea Ward
25th March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At this challenging time, we are all adapting to a very different way of life and how we relate to one another, including how we worship, and care for one another as a church fellowship.
I wanted to write and reassure you that much is being put in place to help continue to foster our life together. You will see, in this week’s newsletter, that we’re encouraging different ways of joining in prayer, either online or through printed liturgy, and providing the opportunity to worship each Sunday at 10.30am within our own homes. For those who do not have access to online resources, we shall be providing you with printed Order of Services, sermons and Newsletters.
Up and down our land there are various dispersed Christian Communities who, for many years, have been practising a way of prayer and worship that brings together people living in different geographical places. One of those Communities is the Northumbria Community, whose strapline is “Alone and Together”. My hope and prayer is that during this period, even if we are living alone and physically spending most of our time in our homes, we can still experience being connected together with our brothers and sisters in Christ, bound by our faith in Jesus Christ and our care of one another in different ways.
I close with some wonderful words from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
St Paul with All Saints church