Second Sunday of Easter
11 April 2021
It was wonderful to celebrate Easter Sunday in the church building. I found it a very joyful and moving experience as we gathered once again to make Eucharist together. I'm just sorry that due to COVID restrictions we couldn't accommodate everyone on the day. Remember you can register to attend in advance on this page.
I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed to our Holy Week and Easter Day celebrations. This includes the ministry team, serving team and flower arrangers as well as musicians, churchwardens, welcomers, readers and intercessors. I would especially like to honour the often unseen and quiet work of Nick Barnes who is called upon to do and be many things in the service of the church!
In these 50 days of the Eastertide we will hear of the resurrection appearances of Christ from the gospels. Tomorrow, we have the famous encounter between the risen Jesus and Thomas who, like all of us, has doubts. In this meeting, he exclaims "My Lord and my God!" as he places his hand into the wounds of the saviour. May we too find the reassurance of Jesus' presence within touching distance of our lives.
The Outdoor Mass will resume this coming Wednesday (14 April) at 12:30 on the front lawn. No registration is necessary. This short service enables us to encounter Christ in sacrament and nature before opening our Food Pantry at 1 pm.
Virtual Noisy Mass (for age 4 and under) will run tomorrow at 9.45 via Zoom. Click here for the link.
We want to know if you need prayer and/or support. Please do email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allelulia! Christ is risen!
Fr. Justin and the Ministry Team
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
Rest in Peace - HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh. We continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip and for HM The Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time. See a message from the The Bishop of London here.
The Church of England has opened an online condolence book, which is open to anyone to record a message. The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time.
Diocese of London partners with ‘Shout 85258’ text service.
The Diocese of London have partnered with the mental health text support service to bolster its support for those experiencing mental health challenges across the city. Shout is a free, 24/7, confidential and anonymous service for anyone who is struggling to cope. People can text the word ‘Neighbour’ to 85258 and immediately be connected to one of Shout’s trained volunteers. Find our more.
The West London Alliance is working with Shaw Trust to deliver two employment support programmes. The programmes will help residents develop their skills and gain sustainable employment. For further information, see their leaflet here.
Little Kickers launches at St Barnabas. Fun filled footy classes providing girls & boys 18 months to 7 years a positive intro to sport. To book: littlekickers.co.uk, 07813 649054, email@example.com. This is a significant new let for St Barnabas. Please spread the word to support it.
Reaching survivors. The Diocesan Safeguarding team have created a questionnaire for survivors following the Past Case Review 2. The aim is to help improve safeguarding services going forward. If you are a survivor and would like to provide feedback, please click here to see the notice.
St Barnabas is now a registered Eco Church and has been given a Bronze Award for our efforts as a faith community to protect the environment. To read more about this, click here.
Bishop of Willesden to retire. The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, has announced his intention to resign as from 30 September 2021. Bishop Pete has volunteered to stand down a year before his normal retirement date. Find out more.
The Food Pantry is open Wednesdays 1 - 3 pm. Click here to find out how you can support this important outreach ministry.
Literature classes now at St Barnabas. Every term we read and discuss a new text or topic – everything from Chaucer to Carol Ann Duffy, polemic to verse drama, sonnets to satire. Everyone is welcome – you need nothing but an enjoyment of reading and friendly discussion. You can join in or just listen – as you choose. We run three classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the large hall at St Barnabas. For further information, please contact Sue Hamlyn: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 078877 00350.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK:
Sunday - Easter II
Virtual Noisy Mass at 9:45 via Zoom.
Tuesday - Feria
Morning Prayer at 9:30 via Zoom.
Church Open for Private Prayer 10:00 to 16:00
Wednesday - Feria
Outdoor Mass at 12:30 on the front lawn.
Parent Support Group at 20:00 via Zoom