Spotlight News for 17th January 2021

Sunday 17th January 2021

 

As Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions continue across the country, Simon, the Churchwardens and the Worship Team have met to review current circumstances, Government and Church of England advice and the thoughts and feelings of members of our community. As a result of these discussions and much thought and prayer the difficult decision has been taken to close our church as from today to ‘live’ services with worship continuing only online.

 

Alpha Online

We are planning to run Alpha online for the Group, with Boldre and South Baddesley, from Monday 25th January at 7pm for eight weeks.  To find out more about taking part or to book you place, please contact Simon on vicar@brockenhurstchurch.com.

 

Year of the Bible

Today, Sunday 17th,  Gareth Davies (our guest preacher from the Bible Society) we will be launching our Year of the Bible - a year in which we hope that all of us will be encouraged to engage more deeply and rewardingly with scripture.  An annual plan of events and resources for the Year of the Bible will be available early in the New Year. 

 

Our Mission of the Month for January is Leprosy Mission; for details of this condition and the work being done for sufferers please visit www.leprosymission.org.uk  

 

A Prayer from the Church of England for all those

affected by Coronavirus

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love.

In Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

The Church of England is here for you - Daily Hope

During this Coronavirus pandemic whatever situation you are in we know that this is a difficult time, so we hope that this free phone line can help bring you God’s comfort and peace.  The Church of England has set up a free phone-line of hymns, reflections and prayers.  The content is updated regularly and there are many different items to listen to all in the comfort of your own home. 

The free phone number is 0800 804 8044. 

 

Brockcare's Coronavirus Team and our many wonderful volunteers across the village are on 'stand-by' to offer help once again as restrictions are in force as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. These are worrying times for the elderly and vulnerable especially, and for those who may have to self-isolate. If you hear of anyone in our village who may need help with shopping etc. please ask them to phone the Church Office on 624584.

Brockcare – if you hear of anyone in the village who is sick, elderly, lonely or bereaved and who might welcome a visit from one of our Pastoral Visitors, please contact Sharon Dibden in the Church Office on 624584.

Books - If you wish to purchase John Purkess’ By-Gone Brockenhurst books, please contact either Jane Forrest on 624287 or Janet McDonald on 622144.  Books can also be purchased from the Church Office; Streets; Pot Pourri; or Cards & Candy in Brookley Road.  Books cost £5 each, Parts One, Two and Three are currently available.  All monies raised go towards church funds. 

Counselling Together is continuing to offer counselling in the New Forest, in the New Year there will also be the opportunity to offer new clients the option of working online.  It is operated out of local churches and follows strict government guidelines for Covid.  For further information, phone on 07983 320450 or via email counsellingtogether@yahoo.com  Alternatively see their website www.counsellingtogether.co.uk