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New Year Message from Rev Helen

A message from Helen:

Dear All Happy new year! I hope that 2021 will be a year of faith, hope and love for us all. A time when we can soon meet together face to face without fear of infection. A time when we can celebrate together and look forward to the things that we have so missed doing, like meeting with friends for coffee, like going where we like without the need for a mask, like a holiday! For now however, I am sure you will have grieved like I did, when Derbyshire was put into tier 4 and we were given the ‘stay at home’ recommendation. Of course places of worship can remain open but we have been asked by our Methodist District and Rev. Robert Foster, our Superintendent, to close our buildings for face to face worship for January. This will enable us to keep safe and warm at home (I hope) and will reduce the risk of any possible infection. This is a request not an order from our circuit, but most of the churches had already decided in any case to close for January before we were moved into tier 4. I am sure that you, like me, have been shocked and saddened to see the number of infections and deaths rise so steeply in recent days. I very much hope that we will all keep safe and well during these troubling times. As before, we will use zoom each Sunday morning to connect with each other and scripts will be provided via email, for your use and so that those faithful people who have been printing and taking them round to those who are not on email, can continue to do so. God bless you all Rev. Helen Penfold

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