It hardly seems possible that tomorrow we are celebrating the Sunday after Easter. Although we are still in lockdown and will be for the next three weeks, somehow time still seems to fly by. We are still very much in the Easter Season and our refrain remains the same

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

It has been such a blessing to see and know that so many people are watching our worship that we have been putting out via Youtube, Facebook Live and the other resources. Please feel free to share any of it with friends and family. I know that the prayer bags that Joy Windsor has been producing have been greatly valued, thank you Joy. If you would like one perhaps you would get in touch with her revjoywindsor@gmail.com

For Sunday 19th April I direct you to:

Our Youtube Service which will be available from early in the morning and accessed via this link Sunday Worship 19th April

A short Easter video for the families to watch (or in fact anyone actually) which is produced by The Bible Society and can be accessed via this link
https://youtu.be/NF7ERI2_3IQ

A short written service produced by The Methodist Church is available Sunday 19th April.

For the following week there are a couple of Zoom events available:

Afternoon Tea on Tuesday 21st at 4pm. Last week we shared our favourite mug or cup. Perhaps this week we could share a book or article that you are reading during this Lockdown period.
Invitation is

Topic: POTR Afternoon Tea
Time: Apr 21, 2020 04:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89078656219?pwd=bmMzZ0ROcElmejZhazJNQ1BuMVZXdz09

Meeting ID: 890 7865 6219
Password: 012266

A Zoom Prayer Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd at 10am. A time to pray for the services, for those affected by the Coronavirus and its lockdown and the healing of God’s world.
The invitation is
Topic: POTR Prayer Meeting
Time: Apr 23, 2020 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86005889816?pwd=RmlTaTl0RU9MQzJGK2ZKUmpuM0tUQT09

Meeting ID: 860 0588 9816
Password: 021675

I also attach here this week’s edition of The Altonian – Week 5 produced by the Town Council

As we go forward we will continue to offer these Worship Services online and we would very much like to be able to see more of our church family as part of them. Perhaps you would like to do one of the Bible readings or lead us in prayers either opening ones or intercessions or have you got a good news story/testimony which we might include – especially from this lockdown period.. To be part of our worship video you would need to be able to film yourself and upload to a Google Drive or something similar – we can help by giving advice on this. If you are interested then do please let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

Our worshipping community is important and it is vital that we retain fellowship during this period of time. Church and faith is about our deep relationship with God through the risen Jesus and also about our deep relationship with each other. Hebrews 10:24-25 says ‘And let us consider how we spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ There is evidence that people are reaching out to faith, finding their way back to faith or exploring faith in these days so it is all the more important that we don’t lose our first principles as Christians and the Church.

With love and prayers
Andrew