Our Rector Writes

Tuesday 23 March 

The Church of England, Marie Curie, Hope UK, Care for the Family, many charities and organisations across the UK, will join forces on Tuesday 23rd  March for a National Day of Reflection to commemorate the first anniversary of the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown.A minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil will form part of a day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first Covid lockdown.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is backing charity Marie Curie’s plan for Tuesday 23 March, when those who have died in the pandemic will be remembered.There will be a minute’s silence at 12:00 GMT with people encouraged to light up their doorsteps that night.“This unprecedented event has touched communities all over the world.  We know there has been heart-breaking loss of life, disruption to every sphere of life, enforced isolation that has been extremely difficult to endure and severe economic strain.  Even the most basic human interactions such as comforting the sick and dying, or attending a funeral have been impossible for many. All of us as a community have been affected in different and painful ways.

“We have also experienced the very best:  the courage and sacrifice of NHS and social care workers, the emergency services and key workers; individuals, groups and an army of volunteers reaching out to isolated and vulnerable people in their communities. We have seen enormous scientific endeavour, collaboration and political consensus to produce safe vaccines to combat the virus. We are truly thankful for their endeavours.

“The past year has often felt overwhelming, challenging our sense of self, safety and undermining our mental health. Recovery will take time.  On Tuesday 23rd March, I invite all of us to find a moment of quiet. To find space to reflect, to grieve, to remember and to pray.”  Light a candle in the evening and if at all possible stand on your doorstep and remember with others across the nation.Both our churches will be open on the 23rd March 11-12noon with a minutes silence. This will be followed by the tolling of a bell.

As we look back on the sorrows and difficulties of the past year and remember those who have died and those who have suffered so much, we also give thanks for the care we have received through our health service, but also in many other ways, not least the care we have been able to show each other in our local communities. On this day of national reflection and remembrance we pray for a more just and caring world beyond the horrors of Covid”.  

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 those who are grieving, to care for the sick,  and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen. 

Other matters:This Sunday there is a service at St Mary’s 9.30am Morning Worship followed by Holy Communion.There is also a service of Matins 11am at Holy Trinity.  if you would like to attend please email the booking email  Smvandhtchurchbookings@gmail.com   

PLEASE COULD YOU BOOK BY FRIDAY MORNING. THIS GIVES ME TIME TO SET UP EACH CHURCH. THANK YOU.Until the restrictions are lifted. Please wear a mask and we ask you to leave without gathering outside the church. There will be an online service which can be found on our church websites.www.hartfieldchurch.org &www.colemanshatchchurch.org

There is also a short all age talk and song for our young people on the websites.
Please pray for all who have lost loved ones over this past year.Please pray for the situation with the vaccines across the worldPlease pray for calm and patience as we navigate our way through this pandemic.Please pray for each other. Keep up the phone calls and acts of kindness.
Easter Services. Please see below.
With love and prayers for you and your families.
Rev Julie