The church buildings are closed but The Church is very much open.
Worship via Zoom is proving very popular and is a real encouragement in difficult times. We have connected as church for Morning Prayer Tuesday to Friday and numbers have gone from on average 3 when we met in church to 15 online! This has become an important part of the day for many as we hold our NHS, those ill with the virus, our nation’s and our communities’ needs in prayer.
We also meet for Sunday worship at 10.30am and I have discovered more technological skills than I thought possible. Rather than livestreaming or putting up a pre-recorded video, Zoom enables us to be together in real time, hearing lots of voices reading the lessons and leading the prayers. Those who have been housebound for some time are now able to re-connect with their church community which has been very moving.
If you would like to join in with church worship use the link https://okefordbenefice.org/coronavirus-impact/online-services-and-events/ and then click on the Zoom link for the service you wish to attend. If you would like to be connected to church through our weekly parish bulletin, please drop me an email.
Do take a look at the new benefice website redesigned for the season we are in. There is lots to look at with new material each week – for learning, for children, on the parish blog and, on the sermons page, a new audio sermon each Sunday. If you would like to receive the weekly church bulletin and the audio sermon each week, please give me your email address.
Thinking about Faith
Maybe this strange time has caused you to question faith or want to explore faith: perhaps you’ve been coming to church for a long time but have questions you’ve never dared ask – now’s the time! I’m always happy to chat through issues and, if there is enough interest, we can always have a Zoom group chat.
With blessings and best wishes,