From this week’s news-sheet

Dear Friends,

We wait on this Holy Saturday in anticipation of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection on Easter Day!  In this time, we may have found, or still may find, our Good Friday reflections helpful to us in the waiting.  These are still available on our Facebook page.  In our Easter Vigil service on Easter Sunday morning (at 8am) we will share stories of God bringing freedom to his people: with the coming of dawn on Easter Day and the passing from darkness to light we are reminded of the hope that comes for all of creation through the risen Christ.  We may feel able to proclaim joyfully in our hearts:  Alleluia. Christ is risen!

Our Easter morning Service of Light has proven very popular and we have reached our legal capacity in the church building!  The service is available on facebook, zoom and dial-in of course and we would love for you to join us in that way if you’re not able to physically be in the building.  We still have space at our 12 noon Easter Communion service in St Michaels.  If you would like to come to that service then please email me direct at jwbarron@btinternet.com with your telephone contact details (which we keep for 21 days for track and trace). 

In whichever way you’re able to, we hope you can join us to celebrate Easter together so we can say together: He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!!

With my prayers and very best wishes

Rector John


Our prayer for the week:

In the depths of our isolation
we cry to you, Lord God:
give light in our darkness
and bring us out of the prison of our despair;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The week ahead

Sun 4th – Easter Sunday
     8 am  Easter Vigil on Facebook, zoom and dial-in
     10 am  Service of Light & Easter Communion
                broadcast live from St Michael’s on Facebook, zoom and dial-in
     12 noon Holy Communion in St Michael’s
      2pm Sparks our service for families, on Facebook

Tue 6th
      7pm  ‘Tuesday at 7‘ on Facebook.

Thur 8th
     10 am ‘Worship Together‘ on Zoom & Dial-in.

Sun 11th – Second Sunday of Easter
     10 am  Holy Communion from St Michael and on Facebook
     11 am  Service of the Word on Zoom and Dial-in 

Staying in touch, church office & telephone contact
Our website and facebook page contain details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.  We will send regular updates via our church distribution list – please ask people to email us if they’d like to receive this and other email contact.
Find us online at:
website: http://www.stmichaelshls.org.uk/  church facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls.
space4 facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HoughtonSpace4/

You can contact us through our ‘remote’ church office on 0770 7043395 between 10am & 2pm on a Tuesday & Thursday or you can email us at stmichaels.hls@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you would like us to be in touch with you by telephone.  If you want to contact me at the Rectory then my number is 0191 584 7657 if I’m not able to take your call leave me a message and I will get back to you.

There’s still time to include your decorated Easter Egg in our Easter Egg Parade.  Send photos of your design to our Curate Rev’d John D’Silva at his email address john.michael.dsilva@gmail.com.
Our Easter Egg Parade will appear on our Facebook Page and also in next month’s parish magazine.  
We can’t wait to see your designs!

Please note that the church office is closed from Easter Sunday till Tuesday 20th April. There will be a skeleton staff available for booking your pew for Sunday Services on 0770 7043395 between 10am & 2pm on a Tuesday & Thursday.
Email us for any other business at stmichaels.hls@gmail.com.  We will respond to you once the office has reopened.  If you need to contact John Barron call the Rectory on 0191 584 7657. Please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.