LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA is Huddersfield Parish Church’s new blog series that we’ll be keeping updated with posts from various members of our church in the coming days and weeks. We hope it will help you to stay connected to the church and to each other in this time of physical distancing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Today’s blog post comes from Mike, one of our Churchwardens

Warden’s blog, stardate 13/4/2020 (Day 25)

Happy Easter. He is risen, Alleluia. He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Here we are on day 25 of the HPC blog. I have had some positive feedback about the blog, and I hope it helps in a small way to keep us connected. I hope you are all keeping well and were able to enjoy Easter Day. There are similarities between Easter 2020 and the first Easter. The disciples then were fearful and kept a low profile; just as we are at the present time. Let us hope that like them, who rejoiced when they realised Jesus had risen, we shall be able to do the same as this difficult time comes to an end.

I had a light-hearted e-mail from my fellow churchwarden on Easter morning. He commented on all the jobs he and I do on a Sunday morning, like opening fire exits, crawling about emptying the pedestal and so on, and how different it was not worrying about these things and being able to “sit back” and enjoy the service on Easter morning. Jane has also commented that I’m not up and down during a service when online compared to being in the church building itself. I have been known over the last week to take part in Morning Prayer with a cup of coffee to hand. Is this allowed, Rachel?

This new way of delivering services and prayers, as through the HPC prayer page on facebook, has come into its own in this time. Many churches are doing this to keep their communities connected. I thought it was interesting that the Archbishop of Canterbury held his Easter day celebration in his Lambeth Palace kitchen; though I didn’t notice an appearance of any pets (unlike the Vicar’s cat who did put in a fleeting appearance). The challenge, though, is to keep those who are not so tech savvy, not connected to the internet or even don’t have a computer, engaged so that they don’t miss out.

Our other treat for Easter Day, besides opening our Easter egg, was to order a Sunday Lunch take away for the Keys Café. We had roast beef and all the trimmings delivered to our home by Paul, who then delivered one for Revd Earl as part of the journey. Add to that a bottle of beer which was a gift from some friends, it made a nice change from our usual routine. For those tempted to do the same, all that is needed is a quick phone call to the Keys and lunch is delivered. It is nice to see that the café is keeping going and that they will still be there when all settles down, whenever that is.

In the meantime, please keep in touch with each other; through facebook, e-mail or phone and if anyone does need help then make sure someone knows and we will aim to get things sorted.

These are from the Church of England website for a Monday:

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ Matthew 11.28

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
eternal goodness, deliver us from evil,
eternal power, be our support,
eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
eternal pity, have mercy upon us;
that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Alcuin of York (804)

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