Constantine Cornwall

From the vicarage

There is no doubt these last few months have been extremely challenging for all of us. In March our world and everything we considered to be normal changed. We have all had to adapt and deal with the challenges and the consequences that the coronavirus pandemic has brought about.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty in the world at the moment. Everything is fluid and situations and circumstances seen to be changing on a daily basis and none of us know when life will return to normal or what that new normal will look like, and the church is no exception. One thing for certain, however, is that it will not be the same as before.

The bishop of Leicester, Marty Snow, said that In March 2020, almost over- night the church changed, and those changes are here to stay” Our own bish- op Philip has said, “Our churches may no longer be fit for purpose

Since we re-opened on 5 July our ser- vices have been quite different.We are evolving new patterns of worship, new ways of doing things which we hope will inspire people, and enable them to dis- cover new ways of relating to God, and as bishop Martyn said, these changes are here to stay.

However, whilst worship is important, the church is not just about Sunday mornings. Here at Constantine we have a clear vision for the future. We do not exist in isolation, we are part of the wider community and as Christians we are here to serve just as Jesus did. That’s why we opened the foodbank, that’s why we started the community helpline and why we want to open the church up for community use both now and in the fu- ture.

We want to build a church that wel- comes everyone, young or old, people of faith or no faith, a place where everyone feels comfortable and safe, but in order to do this we need your help we need people to join us. We need people to share their ideas and insights, their own personal gifts and talents, and together we can build a church that is fit for pur- pose both now and in the future.

May God bless you all

Rev Stewart Turner, St Constantine