Tuesday 28 April

Thought for the day from Barry Dugmore

One thing that continues to encourage us during these strange times are messages of hope, funny social media posts and 'hero' spots on TV. They help maintain our motivation towards achieving a common shared goal, keeping hope alive. For us as people of faith though, pressing into God at times like this is also vital, being aware of his presence and pursuit of us, ministering resurrection hope in difficult days.

At a time in life when Zechariah and Elizabeth had lost hope of becoming parents, his ministry continues and in the holy place in the Jerusalem temple, he has an encounter which should re-ignite hope in spectacular fashion. I really feel for him, as he misses the moment and doesn't believe the message of hope the angel Gabriel delivers. (Luke 1. 1 - 25).

As we wait on the Lord, my prayer is that we would be attentive to his presence, his never ending pursuit of us, to breathe his life, love and hope into our lives. Who knows when we may be entertaining angels even in these lock down days? As the Holy Spirit ministers God's grace and hope within us, may we not miss the moment to believe again in his promise of salvation, deliverance and that in Christ he is making all things new.

Barry Dugmore is the Archdeacon Missioner

National requirements and guidance

The Church of England website also has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.  There have been no changes today.

Daily Hope

As announced yesterday, Daily Hope is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers.  This information has now been added to a new page on this website.

It has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.  So, if you know someone in this situation, please phone them and tell them about free-phone 0800 804 8044.  Today's hymn is Rock of Ages.


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications