at the Fell Church for Home Communicants
Each month a team of lay
visitors take Communion to those members of the congregation at St
Paul's or at the Fell Church who are no longer able to get to church.
This service is very much appreciated.
However, three times
during the year - at the major festivals of Christmas and Easter, and
then again in August - transport is arranged to bring in those who
normally receive Communion in their own homes to the Fell Church where
they are able to join together in a simple act of worship,
seated in the round.
On Thursday, 12th August, the Rector led this special
service and Ann Waller, the organist, played for the hymns.
Afterwards a cup of
tea is served, with something suitable for the time of year - Hot
cross buns at Easter, for example. and mince pies at Christmas!
The photographs below
give a flavour of what has become a very popular form of ministry.
|A vote of thanks from Lilian
AFTERNOON AT THE FELL CHURCH
Thursday, 12th August, was one of these special days in
the year for those of us who are ‘Home communicants’. Every month
someone from the devoted group qualified to bring to those of us
who, through illness or disability, cannot get to church, the
special gift of the eucharist. On three days in the year this group,
with the consent of the Rector, hold a joint service for us at the
Fell Church, arranging transport for those who cannot get out of our
homes without help, together with the service, followed by cakes,
tea and chats with friends. What a joy it is to feel part of the
whole Church and not alone in our worship.
Such a day was the 12th. The sun shone from
a blue sky and the warmth outside matched the warmth inside. There
were only 16 of us this time whereas at Easter there were over 30,
but sickness and holidays probably accounted for the rather small
congregation. The service itself, though, made up for that. The
singing of the hymns, accompanied by Ann Waller on the organ, was so
cheerful that passers-by thought that the church was full. Sue
Jackson led us in prayer and Annette Miller read the Gospel. The
Rector’s sermon was one which must have been a great help to all
there – I know it was to me. He took as his text ‘Be not afraid’ –
Jesus’ words to his disciples on many occasions. How often have I
felt alone and fearful of what the future holds, forgetting these
words of Jesus and the promise they hold out to each one of us. I
needed to be reminded that I am never alone for the Holy Spirit is
always with me and Jesus’ promise is always there to support me. How
many of us at the Fell Church must have had the same feeling of the
presence of the Lord. I myself can only say ‘Thank you’ to the
Rector for reminding me of this continuous gift.
After the service we all enjoyed a lovely selection of
cakes, biscuits and refreshing cups of tea – then it was home we
went after talking our heads off with friends we only see on these
occasions. Thank you to all who make this possible, not forgetting
Freda Burton who keeps the Church so beautifully welcoming.
Lilian A Morris