Part of BBC Radio 4’s “A Celebration for Ascension Day” will be a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with a ‘national choir’.
And you could be one of the singers in this virtual group! How to join in is at this link, and you need to have uploaded the record of you singing by the end of play on Sunday 17 May.
For the foreseeable future, Rev Eddie Sykes will be leading on-line Bible study discussions each Thursday, with two sessions, at 10:30am and 7:30pm. Each Zoom meeting will include a time of sharing in fellowship at the beginning and a time of prayer at the end. The planned topics are:
- 7 May – Acts 7:55–60 (notes at this link)
- 14 May – Acts 17:22–31 (notes at this link)
- 21 May – Acts 1:1–11 (Ascension) (notes at this link)
- 28 May – Acts 2:1–21 (Pentecost) (notes at this link)
- 4 June – Charles Wesley’s hymns on the Trinity and the theology behind them (notes at this link)
- 11 June – Session 1 of a four-week study on Ruth
Each week, Eddie will produce notes on the topic, usually ahead of the first session. These will be linked to this post as they are published (keep an eye!), and retained for reference (which is why 7 May is already in the list).
You are warmly invited to join Eddie each Thursday. If you’ve participated before, use the same link each week. If you would like to join in, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code. You’ll also need to install Zoom, but this isn’t difficult – you can find what Zoom is about at this link, and there are some hints here.
Sandy Masterton, secretary to the Rosyth Garden City Association, writes:
“Today we had plans for joining in the Nation’s Celebrations for VE75. We had buglers / pipers/ VIPs / bands and choirs arranged. All cancelled due to the lock down. Available to download here is Morag’s daily reflection which explains further.
“Most of you would, as normal, have attended our Annual Exhibition which in conjunction with our four Primary Schools would have started on Monday 4 May, today was the Street Party and celebrations, and tomorrow we should have been open until 4.00pm.
“We normally have over 1,500 attending during the week, so you can imagine how much your support means to us. A lot of you are, or have been, volunteers to help out at our events in the community, The management committee thank you for this as we could not operate without your help. We have about 50 volunteers in the community that we can call on to help us out.
“Trust this finds you all well and coping with these strange times. We will be back sometime.”
You are warmly invited to join Eddie for an on-line Bible study discussion based on this week’s Lectionary reading from Acts, tomorrow, Thursday 7 May. There will be two sessions, at 10:30am and 7:30pm. Eddie’s notes are at this link.
The Zoom meeting will include a time of sharing in fellowship at the beginning and a time of prayer at the end. To participate, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code. You’ll also need to install Zoom, but this isn’t difficult – you can find what Zoom is about at this link, and there are some hints here.
Coronavirus means that Christian Aid Week, 10–16 May, will be very different this year. As with so much these days it will be online, and its focus will be on supporting those in the poorest communities around the world who are struggling with the coronavirus crisis.
You can sign up for daily online worship and a daily online quiz at this link, and other fundraising ideas include Send an e-envelope, where you send friends and family a personalised message, inviting them to donate to Christian Aid.
[If you prefer hard copy, printable versions are available of both the quiz and the prayers in the time of coronavirus. For those who don’t have access to a printer, Jan Benvie will be happy to print and post them to you]
Or you can give direct! There won’t be the usual red envelopes and cheery collectors this year, but you can find at this link many other ways of making a donation, even if you are locked down.