29TH MAY 2020




Hello everyone! As we continue in the season of Easter….. and now at Pentecost.

Christ is risen. Alleluia!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

             Alleluia! Alleluia.

             Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people

             and kindle in us the fire of your love.


I hope this newsletter finds you all well. This week, as the year continues to slip by, we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of God’s Holy Spirit. Our picture this week, is one that Lynessa shares with us as we contemplate the wind and the flames and the quiet breath of the Holy Spirit into our lives and into our hearts. May we feel ourselves warmed in these continuing weeks of lockdown.



Do look at the website everyone, and encourage others to do so too. Malcolm is putting this publication – Nuggets – on every week and the service. The web address is www.ccog.co.uk



I know that some people have struggled with getting onto Zoom, or they are not able to because they do not have computers. It is possible for people to join in using any telephone. You will not be able to see everyone, and those who are able to see people will not be able to see you but you will be able to listen and to chat. If anyone is interested in finding more, please let me know. In case someone would like to do that, I am including the phone number that enables the link. It will ask for the meeting number and the password, which are included in the joining instructions.



Compline is continuing to happen on Fridays each week from 8.00pm. The joining instructions are below.


Topic: Compline

Time: May 29, 2020 08:00 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 236 522 344

Password: 943180

Phone Number: 0131 460 1196 United Kingdom




This Sunday, we have one service in celebration of Pentecost. As usual, I encourage us all to read the service, sent by email, at 10.00am. This is followed by:



As usual, this will be from 11.00am and the joining instructions are below. If you would like to wear red, in celebration of Pentecost, please do so!


Topic: Communing over Coffee

Time: May 31, 2020 11:00 AM London


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 897 8785 0136

Password: 384924

Phone Number: 0131 460 1196 United Kingdom



A reminder and an encouragement to light a candle every Sunday evening at 7.00pm as a sign of hope in our neighbourhoods.  




There does not seem to be much happening, from a Zoom point of view, during next week, unless anyone would like to suggest a gathering, which I will happily set up. There are two services next Sunday – our usual 10.00am one and Time for God on Zoom from 11.30am… with the usual coffee too at 11.00am.



I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you all on behalf of us all for the many people who have been sending money to the church – through my door and through the account. It is hugely appreciated. Thank you from Sarah B and me.

And, in the meantime, I hope you are all keeping well. As ever, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

This week I include a specially written form of Psalm 23, which came to me via Sheila and Helen Crofts, the Chaplain at The Maples. I hope it helps.


Psalm 23

The Lord is my companion in social isolation.  I am never alone.

He gives me rest in the comfort of my own home.

He leads me along familiar pathways as I take my daily exercise. And he restores my peace.

He leads me forwards, day by day, through this strange existence.

Even though death and sadness are all around me.

I am not afraid, because you are with me.

You hold my hand, you steady my anxious thoughts,

You remind me, it’s one day at a time.

I am well fed, in spite of all the turmoil. 

I am blessed in an abundance of ways.

Surely you will be with me,

Surely your love, patience and peace will surround me

Throughout this time of uncertainty and far beyond.

I am with you, and you are with me, always, to the end of time.


Do continue to keep in touch with each other. Do phone each other. Let us also hold one another, our community, our country, and our world in our prayers. Until next time.


Alleluia! Alleluia.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.



With my thoughts and prayers to you all.

Yours in Christ. 


sarahcgower@btinternet.com      01733 394411      www.ccog.co.uk