by Revd Martijn Mugge
It’s been a year since we first found ourselves in the clutches of Covid and for many the experience of restrictions and lockdowns has been very painful. Wonderfully it would appear that the end is in sight and a ‘roadmap to freedom’ has been put in place which will see all legal restrictions lifted by the 21st of June.
I’m delighted at this prospect and as a Church we have started planning our own ‘roadmap to freedom’ as we re-open and think about our priorities moving forward. We’ve taken the view not to simply go back to what we used to do, but to reflect on what God has taught us through the pandemic and to respond accordingly. For us that means having one all-age Sunday service in Church at 10.30am, in which we will do everything we can to make all ages feel welcome. We’ll be opening our doors again for public worship on Palm Sunday (28th March) and, God willing, never close again.
As I have been reflecting on coming out of Covid, it has reminded me of the amazing truth of Easter, which in essence is God’s ‘roadmap to spiritual freedom’. You see, some 2000 years ago, Jesus, the Son of God, took himself to the cross and died an agonising death to set you and I free from sin and death, forever. Jesus was buried in a tomb, and then, three days later, he was raised to new life to show that we too can have a fresh start and be raised to new life with him.
It is this ‘roadmap to spiritual freedom’ that we will celebrate during Easter week, with a Maundy Thursday service at 7.30pm, in which we will remember Jesus washing his disciples’ feet; a Friday meditation around the cross from 2 to 3pm in which we will be following Jesus’ last 24 hours before the cross, and an Easter Sunday service at 10.30am in which we will be celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.
We’ll be in Church and online @StPetersConi and St Peters Coni Livestream on YouTube. I hope you can join us.
I look forward to welcoming you.