Letter from Rev James Bamber

Home » News » Letter from Rev James Bamber
Rev James Bamber

Dear All,

I have thought, prayed, consulted and listened to views around whether churches should be opening for prayer through this period we are in. The key question for me is whether such action could pass on the virus inadvertently even beyond those in the 'at risk' categories.

It goes against all I believe in, and feel, to say I think we must not open our buildings for any gathering going forward. My hope is that if we are strict and follow advice now it will shorten the period when such gatherings are prohibited. As people called to be together in the 'Body of Christ' and as one appointed to a ministry of word, sacrament and pastoral care I find writing this incredibly hard but I think it is the only way in these times. Please can we all share in the collective responsibility for ensuring this is followed without exception in each place.

You each continue to be held in prayer and I'm grateful for the creative ways you are finding to let people know we are still connected.

Love and thanks,

James

You may also be interested in

Rev Clifford Owen
Rev Clifford Owen

The Revd Dr Clifford Owen enjoys watching The Vicar of Dibley and Father Ted. He has also in the past laughed at the sketches of The Dave Allen Show. But how far do TV sitcoms represent the realities of life as a vicar or priest?In 10 Churches, 3 Crises, 1 God Clifford 'tells it for real'. This is his story of 50 years from first call through to retirement and up to the present day.He...

John 1-43
Rev Sue Baker-Maher

From the Circuit Staff — January 2021Dear friendsAlthough we were all expecting Christmas and New Year to be different this year, the speed of increased infection rates has taken us all by surprise. One minute people were stocking up their fridges, and the next putting as much as possible into the freezer, realising they would be on their own or at least a very reduced number over the...

Rev Julian Pursehouse
Rev Julian Pursehouse

Pastoral Letter — East Anglia District Chair of the District — Revd. Julian M. PursehouseJanuary 2021Sisters and Brothers in Christ,I am writing this letter on the first day of the New Year and I suspect that for many of us our festive celebrations and our marking of the New Year will have been somewhat muted in character given the circumstances we find ourselves in. Just a week before...