We DID have our Christmas Eve 'Carols and Cake' after
all – albeit with all the cake wrapped up well in advance, the organ playing
but no singing, and with people socially distanced. But the decorated and candlelit
church gave all our visitors a feel that the real Christmas had arrived and the
Rev'd Helen Penfold and I were able to talk to people who were simply pleased
to be there.
We have had only three services by
zoom just for Matlock Moor since Christmas with another two before Easter.
However, the January one was a treat – in all respects because we had a
Methodist Love Feast with Helen and everyone was sent the traditional recipe for
Love Feast Cake beforehand so there was much cake as well as prayers and a sharing
of our faith stories in lockdown.
Before the Mothering Sunday zoom service a small team distributed
35 small pots of primulas with invitations to the service led by the Rev'd
Helen. It was good to use the opportunity to make connections with the families
who before lockdown attended the children's Friday Club and the Toddlers' group
as well as with other older members.
We had a funeral for a local resident recently and were interested
to hear the family remembering previous occasions when they were here – and
what the chapel was like many years ago.
On Maundy Thursday the Rev'd Colin Smith will be holding a very
special service for us and the other Matlock churches. It will be a Christian Passover
service with the traditional Jewish wording up to the point at which the Seder meal would be served. Then we
will read and pray about that first Maundy Thursday. Your contact person was
sent the zoom details.
The numbers 'attending' Matlock Moor's zoom coffee
chats have increased and people have tackled various techie problems to be
there: one of our oldest members was determined to work out how to do it – and
We very much hope that we will soon be able to
interview the candidates for a family worker to be shared with Tansley and we
also look forward to a 'real' service again in May when lots of people will
have had both jabs and will feel a bit safer.
We are delighted that the Rev Colin Smith will be our
pastoral minister during Helen's much- delayed sabbatical and wish them both
well (in all senses) for the 3 months beginning on Easter Monday.