A message from Syston and Barkby Priest in Charge
In March and early April the Parish Church is usually a hive of activity in preparation for Easter. But nothing about Easter 2020 was normal and nor is 2021. You will know that we have restricted our services to online platforms since January and we are (at the time of writing) considering how to proceed.
Our usual pattern for this month would be a wonderful Family Celebration for Mothering Sunday and a very poignant keeping of Holy Week. We still are hopeful that some of these may happen. Our most sincere desire is to be able to celebrate the new life of Easter in person on 4th April, but we will not know that for a while. Please check our website for up to date information. Whatever happens, I know that the bulbs in the churchyard will soon be bursting from the darkness of the earth in which they have lain for many months. It is my prayer that this will be so for our nation, that we emerge from these difficult days to the light of a better future.
Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani
Priest in Charge
Syston and Barkby Parishes
Christian Unity Week
Syston’s churches have a long tradition of working and worshipping together. This pandemic with its restrictions in church life has seen the coming together of Christians to share Zoom Compline, Facebook prayer and opportunities for private prayer. Christian Unity week was held between 18th and 25th January this year. As people of faith, we recognise the importance of our spiritual well-being as well as our physical well-being. The past year has been a challenge to both. It has brought not only curtailment of coming together to worship in buildings we love but a whole new perspective on what it means to worship together without being together in a real physical sense! Some may have feelings of being isolated from God as well as from their families and neighbours.
Christian Unity week brought together Syston’s Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic traditions for an ecumenical service via Zoom on Sunday 31st January. The service, attended by 72 people over the airwaves, was based on the theme of “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (John 15:1-17) taken from the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The service comprised of three ‘vigils’ each having prayers, silences and readings; reminding those taking part of precious gifts shared in troubled times such as these.
Revd Biddy Saunders
The members of this group continue to keep in contact through Facebook. Since Christmas they have had a special Bless This House ceremony to carry out at home for Epiphany and a finger labyrinth to follow finishing with a prayer for love and hope.
Have a look at our page and join in with any of the activities.