As we move through this second time of Lockdown, I have been reflecting afresh on the importance of looking for signs of hope as a spiritual discipline. So many people are struggling and the need for peace, resilience, healing and hope is so very real.
The poet, Mary Oliver writes this: ‘If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…...don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.’
Noticing feelings of joy, recognising signs of hope - these are two simple suggestions to support us in these difficult days. It is the former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks who writes that: ‘Hope is always a gift of faith.’ The following passage from the bible gets to the heart of the matter:
‘But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of God never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, great is God’s faithfulness.’ (Lamentations 3:21-23)
As we continue to love and care for one another, may joy and hope abound.
Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector
Remembrance and Remembering
Throughout lockdown we are open for private prayer and reflection every Friday from 12.00 to 2.00pm. You are warmly invited to visit our Remembrance Angel and add a name or message for your loved one. Please enjoy the peace of this sacred space, but remember to keep 2 metres from other visitors and to wear a face covering.
Christmas Comfort and Joy Free Christmas meals gifted by Hempsted Church
In a year when many of us have been challenged by isolation, illness, hunger or changes in circumstances, Hempsted Church with St Mary de Lode and Discover DeCrypt are aiming to share comfort and joy in our communities this Christmas.
If you know anyone who would be blessed in receiving a free, delicious, home delivered frozen Christmas meal. Please contact Hempsted Christmas Comfort and Joy on 07732 384576
Discover DeCrypt YouTube Channel
Connecting with each other has never been more important. We miss the daily contact with our visitors here, and we miss the events and activities that would normally be going on in these beautiful buildings.
We are hugely grateful to Gareth Jayne and Marc Waters of Gloucester Civic Trust who shared their expertise and equipment to make and edit the Remembrance Day recordings. Be sure to watch Alison Summerskill's moving First World War story told in the style of Godly Play - a sensitive way to introduce younger children to the season of remembrance.
There will be more material coming soon as we head into Advent. Please remember to like and subscribe!
We'll be offering a free Family Advent Trail in the run up to Christmas. From 3rd December (circumstances allowing) you can take part in our angel hunt. There's a sheet to fill in and a trail to follow, with a small reward at the end. Come and see how many angels you can find!
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