Services Online Only - An Update from the Rector

My Dear Friends,

The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart is reputed to have said that if the only prayer we ever say in our whole lives is ‘thank you’, it will be enough. It’s quite a claim, and one could perhaps quibble with it. Nevertheless, it reminds us of the vital importance of an attitude of gratitude.

And so I’d like to take this opportunity to say some ‘thank yous’:

  • Thank you to you – parishioners and friends of Esher Parish – for your patience as we have navigated the often unpredictable waters of online worship.
  • Thank you to everyone who – through the contribution of their time, their talents or their treasure – enables the mission and ministry of the Parish of Esher to flourish despite current restrictions.
  • Thank you to all those who have lead, or enabled, our ‘upgraded’ online provision in recent weeks. We are blessed to have so much creativity and generosity in our parish.

As you may remember, the recent move to online-only worship came about when the PCC requested permission from Bishop Andrew to suspend in-person worship (except for funerals) until 17 February – a request the Bishop granted.

Having reviewed the situation at a recent meeting, the PCC decided to request an extension of the suspension, this time until Easter Sunday – with the proviso that the Rector, Wardens and Safeguarding Officers could recommence public in-person worship before then if they considered it appropriate. The Bishop has granted this request.

As with the initial move to online only, this was a decision made with heavy hearts, but also with a determination to safeguard our congregation and volunteers. It will be kept under constant review, most particularly at the next PCC meeting, scheduled for 10 March.

So, we continue with online only worship for the moment – not together in body, but very much together in spirit. Not able to wrap our arms around each other, but determined to wrap our words of care and concern around each other. Continuing to hold in our hearts the losses and griefs of recent months, and also mindful of those moments of grace and peace which sustain us.

For all of you, and for ‘that Love … which over and around us lies’ – Thank you!

God bless,

Darren.