Summer Sabbath 2022
So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest (Hebrews 4: 9-11)
Each Summer at St Mary's we embrace a season of Sabbath as a church. We intentionally slow down and change the pace of church and life to rest and be restored by this rhythm of God's grace.
So what is different on Sundays then?
Our Online @9 and 10:30am service will have a different, simpler feel to them. We give all our teams as much of a break as possible so there are no separate children's groups. Instead we all worship together until the end of August with a shorter more child friendly service, plus a children's corner packed full of activities to be enjoyed.
God clearly though Sabbath was important enough to include in the 10 commandments, and we know that we live in a busy world that requires conscious disengagement on our part to rest and be restored.
How can I join in?
Disengage Daily - find an hour each week to switch off your phone and step away from emails/social media. Instead do something that brings you joy - read a book, go for a run, have dinner with friends - the options are limitless
Sabbath Weekly - for 24 hours each week disengage fully from work, switch off your phone, avoid the internet and enjoy being present with those around you.
Sabbath Season - find a new slower pace for a season. why not get up half an hour later each morning in August, or come home early from work to have dinner with your kids? Pick up that book you've been meaning to read and carve out time every day for a month to enjoy it. Enjoy the slower pace the summer offers many of us and take full advantage of it.
Listen to Andrew, our Rector's, talk on Sabbath here.