As Reverend Debbie is currently on annual leave, there will be no Great St Mary’s services with her
on the today or 12th July. However,
Sundays we can all still join in with worship from our own homes
thanks to the internet. Here are just a few:
You can also join in with a local church service
from The Benefice of Standon and The Mundens. The Eucharist begins at
10.30am and you can view it
here: You may need to click the Watch this video on Youtube message
which comes up on screen in this particular video.
Also, the BBC broadcasts a service of Morning
Worship each Sunday at 10.45am on BBC1.
Finally something really special,
you may have read in Rachel Moate’s letter last week, she was licenced
by Bishop Michael last Saturday. Rachel has since reported that, “The
licensing service was very special indeed, even the rain didn’t spoil
reopening our church buildings for public worship.
The government has announced that we can
reopen our church buildings for public worship. As we prepare to return
to Great St Mary’s for worship I just want to recognise the depth of
journey we have been through. Many among us have experienced hardship,
suffering, bereavement and loneliness. We have also seen wonderful
growth in relationships and the real deepening in our life of prayer &
service as a community during this unprecedented time.
In the midst of the incredible challenges many have faced we have seen
God work in and through our church community and our neighbours in the
most profound ways. I don’t want to lose sight of this as we prepare to
return to our church building. I pray that God will bless this time of
re-gathering and strengthen our life of prayer, more and more, as we
join together for worship in our church building.
I’m reminded of words of St. Paul as I pray for you, ‘that you may have
strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and
depth, to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may
be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Ephesians 3.18-19).
There are more details about reopening for worship
(see GOOD NEWS message message from
Anthony above). But
for now, ‘I thank God through Jesus Christ for all of you’ (Romans
1.8-10) ... for the faithful way you have supported and prayed for one
another and have shown God’s love during this challenging time.
Reverend Simon Vivian,
currently Assistant Curate in the Berkhamsted Team Ministry,
has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of Sawbridgeworth.
Please remember Simon, Charlotte, Alice and
Samuel in your prayers as they prepare for their move.
The Churchwardens today (8 June)madethe big
announcement which they were very excited to
share with us all! The Bishop of Hertford,
Bishop Michael has confirmed that the induction of the Revd Simon Vivian
as Vicar of Sawbridgeworth will take place on the afternoon of Sunday
We have no further details at present but anticipate that, whilst the
coronavirus continues to impact upon our lives, it will be quite a small
event. As soon as we have further details to share, we will of course
Following the news he and his family have been waiting for, Fr Simon
told us:"Having had
our move to Sawbridgeworth frustrated in April by the coronavirus
lockdown, it's heartening to know that we will soon be with you. Despite
Covid-19 dominating our lives for the time being, I'm looking forward to
working with you all as we attempt to meet the varied needs of
Sawbridgeworth and chart a way forward for our church".
With our prayers and best wishes to you all.
Anthony and Shona.
Simon and Charlotte both trained as musicians and, for a good number of
years, both worked for the BBC's Religion department in Manchester.
Simon began training for the priesthood back in 2014 at Ripon College
Cuddesdon a few miles out of Oxford and now, having completed his curacy
at St Peter's Church in Berkhamsted, is looking forward - along with the
rest of the family - to moving to Sawbridgeworth, to getting to know all
of us, and to getting to know the town and its community. We're
hoping that his licensing will be sometime in May. In the
meantime, he and the family send their very best wishes.