A message from the Vicar Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani
Well Well Well. I was licensed as the permanent Priest in Charge of the Parishes of Syston and Barkby on Sunday 15th March and then the Archbishop of Canterbury closed all the churches! For 17 weeks there has been no worship in any church. This has been particularly difficult over Easter and also for our elderly and isolated parishioners.
However we have still been worshipping and praying. We have built up a pattern of small Zoom services twice a week, an online study group and importantly praying at home during these difficult times. People from our Parishes have joined worship online from all across the country and the world. So it was a very welcome step when Government and the National Church issued permission for worship to resume in Churches.
On 12th July we gathered at Syston Church with 37 people attending our first service. Each Sunday at 10.00am and each Wednesday at 9.30am we will meet for a service of Holy Communion. In doing so we are observing strict protocols to ensure worship is COVID safe; social distancing, hand hygiene and other precautions are all firmly in place.
I feel confident in encouraging anyone, especially if in need of quiet and reflection, to join us.?All our news is available on the website. Just search A Church Near You Syston.
Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani Priest in Charge Syston and Barkby Parishes
The last Eleven30 before the summer was held with families on Zoom, reflecting on Jesus giving us hope during these difficult times. Using the idea of heavy stone being the burdens we carry, like guilt, duty, worries or want. We thought about how we can share our troubles with Jesus and he can lighten our load and give us rest. Sharing songs and prayers in familiar Eleven30 style we finished the session with inspiration of a craft of stone painting. Keep your eyes peeled around Syston, you may discover one of these lovingly painted gems. We look forward to getting back together in September.