Our Service on Sunday 10th May
Our VE day reflection from our Vicar Michael
We don’t want people to be so busy with church meetings that we are not able to spend time with our family, neighbours and friends, sharing life and the gospel with them. We therefore ask members of the GCB family to commit to just two things: Meeting regularly on a Sunday at church and joining a midweek home group. We ask our members to prioritise these two meetings, and we then keep the rest of the week free for other activities and commitments.
Events such as five aside football, meals, quizzes and games evenings are arranged termly and often spontaneously!
We understand how hard it is to navigate these uncertain and anxious times without much contact with one another. As your local church, though we cannot meet for Sunday services, we want to bring God’s message of unfailing love, comfort, support and hope to you at home
Coronavirus (Covid-19): Suspension of Public Worship
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23-Mar-2020, all churches across Bath and Wells diocese are now shut.
We urge everyone to follow the instructions given by the Government to stay at home, only leaving for the following exceptions:
· Shopping for basic necessities but only infrequently
· Once a day to exercise alone or with one other household member
· Medical need
· Travelling to or from work but only when this is absolutely necessary
Regrettably this means that, for a season of time, we will not be holding any public services or groups at GRACE CHURCH BATH.
Whilst it is not possible for us to meet together, we at Grace Church remain committed to loving our neighbours and serving our community. We will do this as best as we can in these unusual and difficult times.
ONLINE SERVICES AND CONNECTION
Services will be streamed online at 4pm every Sunday. Details of how you can access those are on the website: www.gracechurchbath.com
We will also be updating and posting regularly onto the Grace Church Instagram (gracechurchbathuk) and Facebook page (@gracechurchbathuk), so do follow these as well if you can.
We will continue to pray daily, bringing before God our concerns and requests and trusting His promise to hear us when we pray. We would love to pray for you and would love to hear from you about things that we can be praying for. Please use the contact details below.
We realise that this is a time where many of us will be anxious, afraid, and with increased isolation we will potentially be feeling quite lonely. If you would like to be in contact with the church please use any of the following and we will respond as soon as possible:
Telephone/text: Revd Michael Farrier on 07754 574058
With every blessing.
Revd. Michael Farrier
(Vicar of St Nicholas Kelston, Emmanuel, St John’s, and Grace Church Bath)
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about ‘rhythm’.
This is partly because the online work-outs that we’re all suddenly doing are proving that I don’t really have any. But also, because one of the hardest things about lockdown for me is that it is interrupting all of my rhythms of life.
We might be more used to talking about ‘routines’, or in moments of dissatisfaction, ‘ruts’. But I think rhythm is more accurate. We each have a rhythm of life, generally speaking it keeps time over what we do, when we do it, sometimes even how we do it. Of course, those rhythms can be unhealthy, as with everything we do. But they are rhythms nonetheless.
The Bible speaks about these rhythms as being inherent in all of creation, not just in human beings. The seasons, the winds, the tides, the rising and the falling of the sun. Everything happens in its time.
As humans we are now having to learn to develop new rhythms. The familiar ones have been interrupted, and we suddenly find ourselves out-of-step. As church we are developing and learning new rhythms to keep us together as a community of believers who cannot meet together for a time.
But in the natural world, the rhythms of nature are almost entirely unaffected. The blossom hasn’t heard of Covid-19, so it still covers the trees. The daffodils are not on lockdown! Spring is springing. Winter is fading. The rhythms beat on.
I find that really comforting. Because whilst my little world is rocked, and I’ve temporarily lost my rhythm, the rhythm of the big wide world beats on.
The older people among us will remember Grace Jones singing a terrible song in the 80’s called ‘Slave to the Rhythm’. It was about the daily grind, the repetitiveness of just keeping the show on the road.
Jesus’s words in Matthew 11 urged people away from slavery, and into freedom. He urged us to look to Him for a healthy rhythm in life:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matt 11.28-30; The Message Translation)
Maybe when all this is over, we’ll have found freedom from the unhealthy rhythms we were enslaved to. Perhaps in Jesus we’ll have shaped new rhythms of grace, more in step with the Lord of all creation, whose rhythms surround us every day.
We continue meeting as a congregation but due to the current circumstances we are now meeting online!