Please find below a link to our August 2020 church magazine for the Benefice of Walmersley Road in Bury.
We’re in that in-between phase right now. Some of our services are opening up again for worship in church. But we’re not yet in a position to safely do many of our activities or to welcome back users to our hall.
So, you’ll find plenty of prayer and reflection, news and views in our August 2020 church magazine. But we’ll need to hold back on the social stuff for a little longer.
It’s easy to get too focused on ourselves. And there’s a reminder in the magazine of our global responsibilities, in this appeal to help those in our link diocese of Lahore in Pakistan…
Making a difference
Our Diocese has launched the Lahore Diocese Pandemic Appeal. This seeks to support those in our link Diocese of Lahore suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an E-Mail announcing the launch, the Bishop of Bolton – the Chair of the Diocesan Lahore Link Committee – reported that:
“Covid-19 is now increasingly affecting Pakistan after a relatively slow start. It is affecting the poorest in society the most, those who live on a day to day basis; those without reserves to fall back on.
The suggestion from Pakistan is that the hospitals are full with coronavirus patients, and many low-skilled workers are now unemployed. Lockdown, as we know, is very difficult when you need to work to put food on the table.
Providing for those in need
The Church in Pakistan is focusing its efforts on providing food parcels to those in need. We are appealing to our church communities in Manchester to support this work.
We know that these times have been difficult for many. But if you do feel that you are able to support the poorest, with food and other essentials then it would be really appreciated, making a difference to friends and colleagues in the poorest areas of Lahore Diocese.
Our prayers continue to be with the people of Lahore and surrounding areas. We think of Bishop Irfan and those in the Church of Pakistan trying to provide food to those in need. We also pray for the church schools in Lahore Diocese and the vital work that they continue to do with their young people.”
If you feel able to support this appeal, please contact the Vicar. For more details please follow this link or take a look at this flyer:
For the July 2020 magazine please press here. Take care, stay safe and God bless.