A Letter from our Rector, Mark: Lockdown I never liked the phrase and I think I may be starting to be allergic to it. Let me explain why in the light of the Easter message which we are still celebrating. During April the Rural Deans met with the Archdeacon and shared experiences of Easter under lockdown - it has not been easy and the Churches being locked and feeling empty has not helped any of the clergy and probably none of us either. Passing the locked doors of the Church one day made me think of the sealed tomb and the fears of the disciples. But the women were brave enough to go - even if they weren’t sure how they would get into the tomb - a first, rather naïve act of defiance.
3 announcements - from the Bishops, from Mark and from the Parish Reps
Welcome to Framlingham Churches Together Thoughts and Prayers 20.03.20
Be Strong and of Good Courage was the message God gave to Joshua after the death of Moses. Joshua’s task is happily very different to ours and the task he had causes us all sorts of questions.
But the message is a good one as individuals, as a nation and as part of the world community, we face the worst medical nightmare for many decades and it naturally worries and concerns us. The advice we are receiving will affect how we live, how we shop, what we do and even how we pray together. We have just heard that the Church of England will be suspending all public worship and other denominations may do similarly. The one certain thing is that the national advice will change and so will life and none of us find that easy or comfortable. We all hope this will not last for too long.
We face the challenges better if we do it together and reassure each other, talk with each other and whenever the opportunity comes, laugh together
Churches Together members are feeling that and want to share the hope that sharing Jesus’ love gives and to share in the commitment in the town to try and help people who may be ill or self-isolating for safety or just wondering what all this is about.
Some of us are working with the Town Council and the Hour Community to bring practical relief through collecting food and medicines – and the good news is the method for that is being worked on now and there will be more on the Council and Church websites soon.
As the Churches we are providing opportunities for a chat or a prayer. For obvious reasons this may have to be by phone rather than by visits but none of us as yet knows what being inside for so long may mean. However quiet or shy we are we may need to talk to someone! So there are some contacts below.
St Michael’s will be open 9-5 – please do go in and take some space for prayer. If you have a topic you wish to pray for please put it on one of the slips on the far side of the back of Church where there is a space for prayer. Any written prayer will be prayed again by the Prayer and Healing Group and by me. St Clare’s is open 10-12
Laughing probably can’t be on demand, but supporting each other is a Godly task and the Churches are willing to offer that and to share prayer. Be Strong and of Good Courage and together with help from God we will get through this strange and unnerving period.
MOTHERING SUNDAY Message from our Archbishops 20.03.20
A Notice from Our Archbishops 13th March 2020
Special Notice in advance of the next newsletter: