Rev Andy Hardwick
Welcome to our website.
We are making plans to resume events in the church building. From June, although we plan to continue Zoom for a time at 10-30am, we plan to hold a short simple service every week at 4pm. We do need to give priority to those who can’t join in on Zoom but there is generally plenty of space when we meet at that time. At first it will still be without singing but there will be some music. A little later once restrictions have been fully lifted, we will move into church for 10-30am and are looking at the possibility of recording/streaming the service to go out to those who are unable, or who feel unsafe to come. On Thursday mornings there is the chance to meet for coffee in Open Door under the latest guidelines.
Where has God been in all this? I have heard many people speak of how hard they have found lock down and the lack of real face to face human interaction. For many, even with a long and established faith it has been tough and undermining. If you have felt your faith tested or burning low you are not alone. Such feelings are normal. The Bible has many passages expressing how difficult faith is sometimes; Ps 137 “How can we sing the Lord’s song is this strange place” and Mark 15 v 34 Jesus crying out “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Yet God is with us. With us all the time, in the light and the cloud, the calm and the storm, when we feel strong and when we feel helpless when faith is strong and when it wavers, the everlasting arms are underneath. With the help of the Holy Spirit, let us learn trust and lean on the eternal love at the very heart of existence.