THERE ARE NOW SERVICES TAKING PLACE AT ST MARY'S CHURCH, CUSOP AND OTHER CHURCHES AND CHURCHYARDS IN THE BORDERLINK BENEFICE
PLEASE LOOK UNDER THE "SERVICES" TAB FOR UPDATES ON SERVICES IN THE UNITED BENEFICE TO FIND OUT FULL DETAILS.
In spite of the all the health and safety guidelines being followed, we have had very positive feedback from people who have attended services. Being with "real" people once again has been very uplifting and therapeutic for many of us. Services are short with no singing, due to regulations, but there will be hymns and music to enjoy. Face masks must be worn at indoor services.There are gift aid envelopes for the collection. If you would like to use one please bring your own pen. If you plan to attend an outdoor service, please take a chair or picnic rug. We look forward to seeing you!
This year, all Harvest Festival Services will be held outdoors. Please look under the "Services" tab for details. Each church is planning to fill a trailer of food for Hereford Food Bank. Please bring items along to the Harvest Festival and please give generously. Thank You!
CUSOP CHURCH WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER AND REFLECTION EVERY SUNDAY FROM 10AM TO 6PM.
PLEASE FOLLOW ALL THE HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES.
THE CHURCHYARD IS ALWAYS OPEN IF YOU FEEL LIKE A QUIET PLACE WHERE YOU CAN WALK, SIT, REFLECT, AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF OUR SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE.
From the Borderlink Benefice Newsletter
Karen Dowell writes:
Whilst the environment has been an important issue for many people over the years, the momentum seems to have increased of late, especially the debate over single use plastics. Why should the environment matter to us as Christians?
If we go back to the beginning and look at Genesis 1: 26 we read, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Some might interpret this as our right to plunder and exploit the riches of this planet without a care, but does it?
Christianity teaches us that God is the creator of the universe. In 1 Chronicles 29: 11 it says, “Yours O Lord is the greatness and the power…for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours.” and in Psalm 24 it is written, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”. When we affirm our faith by saying the Apostles Creed we acknowledge that God is the creator of the universe when we say, “… God, the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth”. We often hear people say, for example of stately homes, that they are merely the custodians for future generations. Surely we should see the environment in the same terms? Instead of damaging it, we should cherish the precious gift we have been blessed with and act as the responsible, caring stewards of God’s wondrous creation. I don’t know about you, but during the pandemic I have been only too conscious of God’s creation when sitting in our garden. Whilst there has been worldwide sadness, loneliness and difficulties to contend with, we still have so much to be thankful for and hope for the future.
To be kept in touch with what’s happening across the Abbeydore Deanery, by email or post, please contact Anne Lloyd, 07432 873422.
Revd Luci Morriss: 01497 821877
Revd Jane Rogers: 01981 500478