“With all wisdom and understanding, God made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring all things together in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Ephesians 1:8-10
The words above remind us that God has a plan! It is a plan that, nothing that surprises us from a human perspective, can stop. God is working to bring everything together under the leadership of Jesus! This plan has been working out for centuries and awaits a fulfilment and that gives us great confidence for the future, despite all that is going on in our world.
It is now almost 6 months since the Prime Minster put the country into lockdown because of Covid-19 Back in March we said our church family continues to work to be ‘a church in Ferriby for Ferriby with the gratitude to God…and to declare his excellencies to our parish and beyond.’ With thanks to God and to many of our members who have worked hard, this, within restrictions, has been possible.
Recent developments have shown, we are clearly not out of the woods yet, but it is a relief that according to the government press conference on Wednesday “COVID secure venues like places of worship…can still hold more than six people in total.” With all our risk assessed procedures in place, we aim to continue our Sunday service at 10.30am. Can I say, thank you to Lester, who is able to lead our music and sing to lead us (even though the congregation cannot sing due to the spread risk.)
We also plan to continue our online services in the same way as in previous weeks. Just google All Saints’ North Ferriby and click on the online service picture or use this link – http://www.northferribychurch.co.uk/whats-on-2/online-sunday-service/ The service is now available as a single play video.The latest sermon should also continue to be available by phone on (Hull code) 699634 after a 12 sec pause. Look out for the codes, available on the online service page, to join in the zoom coffee time at 11.30am. Thank you to Jim Innes and Steve Ward for their excellent technical support for all this.
Helen Gilchrist, our parish administrator, has been working from home and some days in the parish office recently. From next week she is due to back in the office Mon – Fri mornings (635758). We are also pleased that Dave Philips has been appointed our new Parish Hall caretaker and is keenly getting to work and bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the situation, as many Hall users (though not all) start up their groups again. Brian Clark has returned to his churchyard work as Sexton.
On Sundays, in All Saints’ and Online, we are starting a new series of sermons “God’s Big Picture” tracing the storyline of God’s plan through the whole Bible in bite size chucks. This should be a good way to better grasp God’s plan for ourselves, as well as to help others. The weekly outline is below.
You will notice we plan to have a Harvest service on Oct 11th and possibly another one (quarantine time permitting) to allow families to come, especially as school services are restricted. Our Annual Meeting Sunday – postponed from March – is planned for Nov 15th as part of the 10.30 service. Christmas planning is inevitably rather uncertain currently.
Adam Young, who is planning to go to Japan for his 3-month placement with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship as soon as it is allowed, is running online sessions looking at some key figures and ideas in the early history of Christianity. New people can join in the discussion on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 on Zoom and/or view the videos on our Church YouTube channel (google YouTube North Ferriby church). If you’d like to join in (max an hour) let Jim Innes know by email and he can send an invitation firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, you’ll be aware that About Ferriby is operating again – thanks to Kath Harvey, Fergus Aitken and the team. If you would like to contribute content send it to email@example.com We’re also planning to start collecting for the Hull Foodbank again – donations can be left in the foyer of the Parish Hall, which will usually be open weekday mornings.
We are delighted that James Munro has joined us as our new parish assistant from Cheadle. We are, as with his predecessor Ben, sharing him with the Anlaby Churches and he is looking forward to helping with children’s and youth work and taking part in regional online training with others.
On practicalities, Derek Shepherd our treasurer, told the PCC this week that income has as expected, dropped for church and the Parish Hall during the pandemic, but expenditure is down too – if not to the same amount. We shall need to use reserves to balance the books, but not perhaps as much as feared. Most of our financial needs are met from our own church family, so thank you to all who have kept giving. All our contributions make a difference. The online donation page can be found on our webpage under the welcome, (then giving) tabs or at this link –
You may notice that work on the church building – due from our last Quinquennial inspection – has now begun. This involves replacing guttering, stonework repairs, damp works and roof lead replacement. Thank you to Jonathan Verdon Smith for his oversight of these necessary works.
It has been encouraging to see people looking out for each other – doing practical things and keeping in touch by phone. If you know of any one in specific need do let Sheena or me know (631306). The Helping North Ferriby Group continues to help local people out in practical ways, especially if isolating. Please do keep praying for one another and our church’s life and witness. If you would like to share in prayer updates do contact Lester (07814 103240) who can add you to the WhatsApp prayer group.
With love and prayers, Matthew