January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

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Dear Friends, It’s as easy as 1,2,3… sadly Cornwall has leapt the tiers over the course of just a few days and, at the point of writing, as Covid cases surge, we’re busy reading the Tier 3 restrictions and trying to work out what it means for all of us. For the moment at least it seems that public worship is still permissible, and we will continue to meet as usual on Sunday mornings for all who feel confident to do so. Our first priority must continue to be safety and we’ll do our very best to provide the safest possible environment for all who do attend, but quite understand that for some people, and for a variety of reasons, the wisest course of action may be to stay at home. With a view to maximum safety, and in consultation with the Directors of Music, we have decided to suspend the participation of the choirs in services until the end of January, at which point we will review the situation. We’re so grateful for the ways in which our choirs have been able to lead worship over Advent and Christmas but feel that now, for the safety of all, we should allow them a well-earned rest. We also need to remind everyone who does attend that they may not interact with members of other households either before or after the service. We will continue to livestream the 9.30 service from All Saints on Facebook (again a reminder that you don’t need a Facebook account to watch this but follow the link) and this will then be available for later viewing. We will also seek to distribute a copy of the service by email, which may be used either to follow along or for private prayer in the home. After that rather grim but necessary preamble, a reminder that today (Sunday 3rd) we celebrate and enter the season of Epiphany – the making known of Christ to the world. How much we all need that revelation once again for ourselves and so that we may be bringers of Christian hope to those around us. We rejoice greatly at the news of the Oxford vaccine and its imminent rolling out, and we’re hugely thankful for the scientific brilliance and perseverance that has produced it, but ultimately our hope remains in the grace and mercy of our loving God, who longs for all to turn to Him. As the prophet Isaiah reminds us today: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. It is in His name that I send you warm greetings and sincere prayers for the New Year. May 2021 be a time of great blessing and joy.

Bill Stuart-White