From Merton Faith in Action:-

Very reluctantly, we have had to close our Homeless Drop-In following government instructions about social distancing. We will re-open as soon as we can.

Meanwhile, we are continuing to work with our street-sleeping service users and, if possible, to help them move into temporary hotel accommodation organised by the Greater London Authority.

For new street sleepers seeking help, there are notices outside the Drop-In and, shortly, in Wimbledon town centre giving the Faith in Action phone number (07843 280419) and website address; this information is also on our website.

We are continuing to pay our wonderful, dedicated staff in full, and also our rent to the Salvation Army, whose support we value. So, we continue to rely on your generous donations.

We’ll be posting any developments on our website www.mertonfaithinaction.org and on Twitter twitter.com/mertondropin

 With best wishes and thanks for your continued support.

From Merton Voluntary Service Council:-

In partnership with Merton Council and a range of key partners, we were able to launch the Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub on Monday 23 March. This has been working well over the last week, considering so little time to set it up – with over 100 residents seeking help, 94 concerned individuals requesting help for others and over 80 volunteers offering support with simple acts to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.

We have a generous list of people willing to volunteer but if you would like to add your name to that list, please complete this form or contact the volunteer taskforce at volunteer@mvsc.co.uk.  You will be partnered with key groups who will allocate you to tasks.

Please note that we are working our way through all the emails. Please bear with us while we do this. Our response time may vary as we prioritise the requests for help from isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.

For as long as people are shut up indoors, we are making Reform magazine free online. You can read our digital edition on tablets, computers and smartphones, including monthly issues going back to the start of 2014.

Reform is a fresh and challenging magazine exploring theology, ethics, personal spirituality and Christian perspectives on social and current affairs.

The magazine is for thinking people who enjoy reading about Christian ideas from a range of viewpoints. It features writing from journalists, academics, politicians, campaigners, scientists and religious leaders.

As well as high-profile interviews, in-depth features and book, music and film reviews, Reform carries letters and a regular light-hearted column.

The magazine is published 10 times a year by the United Reformed Church but has readers from all Christian denominations, as well as readers from other faiths and from no faith tradition.

Just follow this link to start reading.

Prayers and best wishes from all of us at Reform

 

“Worship at Home” was enjoyed by Trinity folk of all ages today.  I think Sarah’s cat was a big hit!  You can still watch the Service on this website if you missed it.

And don’t miss Trinity News which is also available today!

The April edition of Trinity News can be read here

Revd Dominic Grant leads worship as we explore Matthew 25.31-46 and Isaiah 56.1-8. Thanks to Andrew for providing the music, to Sarah for the Junior Church activities, to Tim and Alex for the Bible readings, and to Marie for leading the prayers of concern.

You might like to watch at 11am on Sunday – the time at which we normally gather for worship. But if another time suits you better, then that’s fine of course!

If you’d like to follow the text of the service, you can view it here. NB Marie wrote different prayers for the video, which you can read here.

After you’ve shared in worship, do leave a comment here. What thoughts or discoveries will you take from this service? What three thanksgivings did you come up with? Let’s encourage one another by sharing them!

We now have a dedicated mobile phone for prayer requests.  This will work in the same way as the boards in the Mansel Road Centre, but by phone.  Please text 07561 608862 if you would like to leave a prayer request.Prayer tree in foyer, with prayer leaves requesting prayer

Jesus brings Lazarus back to life
This week’s materials for Junior Church (and anyone else!) from Sarah Elliot are here…..

You’ll find below links to a Bible story, notes/discussion/songs, activities for the 11+ group, colouring and activity sheets for younger children, and other resources.

Bible story
Children’s Sheet
Colouring sheet
Colouring sheet 2
create_water
crossword
Maze
YP sheet

These resources, based on the Roots resources which are used in Junior Church, are are being emailed weekly.  If you are not on the Junior Church mailing list do contact us at office@trinitywimbledon.org and we’ll add you to the list.

We’d love to see what the children create – please do send photos to Sarah and we’ll see if we can put them on the website.

For the second time since the coronavirus pandemic stopped us meeting together physically, the Elders’ Council met by videoconferencing this evening.  We will continue to ‘meet’ weekly for the foreseeable future to ensure that our worship, pastoral care and fellowship are maintained during this difficult period.

From Derek Estill and Nigel Uden, Moderators of the General Assembly

Amid this Covid-19 shaped world, we greet you in the name of God –

by whose grace we were created,
by whose mercy and love we are sustained,
by whose love we will be held forever.

Even as we are moderators of the General Assembly, so we are immersed in local churches, and it is as your companions on the way that we wished to write to you this weekend. Our experiences mirror yours – we, too, are distancing ourselves physically from others, we too are feeling uncertain, sometimes even fearful.

Coronavirus Covid-19 has been creeping up on us. We watched its effect upon other countries and washed our hands as we sang ‘Happy birthday’. Now it is affecting us, and last Sunday Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, punctured any complacency there may have been, saying, “life should not feel normal”, and if it does, you should ask “if you are doing the right things”. It’s a new world, and we don’t always feel so brave.

How should we react? There have been essential things to do. Far from having less on our agenda, many of us have been burning the candle at both ends. And there was no alternative; stuff was happening, and we needed to deal with it. But it seems Covid-19 will shape our lives for some time to come. Read More