All Saints Church - Fishponds
FROM THE REVD LIZZIE KESTEVEN
Dear All Saints and St Marys
It is with a heavy heart that I received this letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York at the end of the day on Tuesday. We had as churches done some amazing quick organisation and creative thinking about how to keep the buildings open, as we had been asked to by the Archbishops the previous week, albeit without public acts of worship.
However, the world and its need to react to protect people, has moved very fast and by Tuesday we are now told we most close both All Saints and St Marys’ church buildings. We had until that point been able to pray the reflective prayers which are available on our website, in the morning and in the evening in both places. It was good for that short while to be able to do.
We are indeed so much more than bricks and mortar – we are the church when we gather together and we are the church when we serve others around us and I have been heartened and strengthened at the acts of kindness, concern and generosity for others at this time. However, I also know that our church buildings speak of a special place, a holy place, a place that has been filled with prayer for over a century in the case of All Saints and nearly 2 Centuries in the case of St Marys. So although it is a keen loss in many ways I do also know that this time will not last forever. And when we are allowed together again it will be majestic and delightful. (and a bit of a party I hope!)
I miss seeing you all. However, I do hope that you are able to log in most days to either the facebook pages, or the website where there are pictures and ideas and prayers and even vlogs whilst we are apart we will learn to communicate in a different way. We are thinking of different resources that we can put on line and we are blessed by both churches now having functioning connect groups and pastoral coordinators to check in with people over the coming days and weeks to ask if you are OK or need anything.
I hope and pray that you are all well.
Yours as ever Lizzie
Revd Lizzie Kesteven
Vicar of All Saints and St Marys Churches Fishponds
Temporary Closure of Church
27th March 2020