Thursday 15th October 2020
As promised last weekend, here is our latest communication which launches our ongoing online programme but first, just a few sentences about hope which I have been mulling over.
God invites us to be people of hope – not to be shallow optimists that say, ‘it’s going to be OK’, but a hope that is constant whatever the circumstances of life throw at us. Our lives are rooted in Jesus who is our Hope. Somehow, mysteriously, beautifully, wonderfully and without merit, this hope lives in us. I am reminded of Paul’s words in Colossians 1:27: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ In the film,‘The Shawshank Redemption’, which is set in the most appalling prison environment, one of the lead characters says: ‘There is something inside…they can’t get to, they can’t touch, that’s yours…hope.’
In these ongoing challenging times, we are invited to be glimmers of hope, to light a candle in the darkness. Those of you who have been to Scargill when we have lit a lot of candles know that the Chapel becomes full of light, full of hope.
So the questions I ask myself are: How can I be a glimmer of hope? Have I noticed any glimmers of hope? You may want to ask these questions of yourself. These are questions I often ask of the Community.
As a sign of hope we are glad to announce our exciting online retreats and programmed events up to the middle of December. This obviously is a new adventure for us, and we have been delving in to understanding the technology and making it the best experience possible for those who wish to join us.
We are delighted that we have a wide range of speakers who are willing to come to Scargill so that we can broadcast these events live from Scargill.
So, please do look at our online programme events to see if anything would interest you, as the majority of the programmes will be speaking into the context that we are all having to face. There will be a charge for these programmed events.
We will be continuing with our Quiet Days and Forums, which will have both Free and Donation tickets.
In the Half Term week we will be having some Family Fun! We have worked in partnership with ‘A Rocha’ to bring you some videos and activities on the theme of ‘Jungle Book’, exploring our relationship with creation – find out more here.
On Wednesday 28th October at 7:30pm there will be an all age quiz on Zoom – find out how to join us.
When will we open for guests?
Now that is a good question! I don’t think it will be a surprise to most of you that, due to the ongoing COVID situation, we have decided that it is still the right and responsible action not to re-open. The Scargill Trustees will constantly keep this under review. We realise that is very frustrating for many of you, as it is for us.
In the New Year, we will release another online programme that will take us up to the end of March 2021.
Thank you so much for your love and encouragement, and please be assured of our love and prayers as we journey through this most challenging and unchartered landscape.
May the God who is Hope be ever close to you.
Saturday 4th July 2020
We are contining to run a number of online Quiet Days and also Forum evenings which you can be a part of. You can see details of the next online events here.
Today, 4th July, has many associations, and for us as a nation it is a further easing of the lockdown. Despite these new lockdown relaxations, the current guidance from the government does not allow us to re-open at the moment. As you will appreciate, we are very different in what we offer from many hospitality businesses, which means that for now, sadly we still cannot re-open. There are many ‘ifs and buts’, and the future is unknown but, if the momentum keeps moving in the right direction, we are hopeful we will be able to re-open sometime in the Autumn. We are not taking any bookings at the moment, but be assured, we will keep you well informed. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you through our doors, even if it may start by being a limited number. You can read a reflection here from Di today on patience, which is so relevant for us in these days.
In the meantime, we would like to stay connected with you in a variety of ways that we can at this time. We send out a fortnightly e-mail with a reflection, our latest news, details of upcoming online events and other ways of connecting with us. You can read these e-mails on our website here or if you would like to receive the e-mails directly, you can join our e-mail list here.
Please do get in touch with us at email@example.com if we can pray for you during these strange times. We continue to have our rhythm of prayer and within this we have a time for intercession.
If you wish to listen to our morning prayers and the Sunday morning sermon they are to be found here on our website.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers, especially as we plan to re-open.
Monday 16th March 2020 at 21:00
Below is an update on our bookings regarding the Coronavirus situation but before that I would like the opportunity to give a reflection.
These are unprecedented times, and the Coronavirus has highlighted our fragility, which has always been there. Now fear is palpable as life becomes chaotic and we seem out of control.
As followers of Jesus we have a different narrative to the anxiety that is around us; ‘we are drawn by hope and not driven by fear.’ What does that look like? It will be praying to Jesus Christ, resting in his grace, lifting the whole situation into his light. It will be love and kindness which also can be infectious, and is stronger than fear. There is a poster in my room that says ‘small things matter, particularly small things done in love.’ It will be asking our gracious God daily how we can be his love to those around us, particularly those who are vulnerable. We will need so much God’s love and wisdom (as well as kindness, humour and plenty of tea!) Let’s hold each other in our prayers during these very difficult and challenging times.
On Monday 16th March 2020 the UK government issued instructions that people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with others to help curb Coronavirus. As a result of this, we have taken the decision that, for the time being, Scargill cannot welcome guests to come and stay with us.
We do not know the length of time the Coronavirus situation will impact us in this way. For bookings, we are operating a rolling 8 week period which we are reviewing as the situation progresses. In the light of this, please refer to the relevent section below depending on when you are due to be arriving for your visit.
I am due to arrive for my visit within the next 8 weeks, what happens about my booking?
As you can appreciate the Coronavirus situation is having a significant impact on our income.
We would like you to prayerfully consider the following three options that we are offering you in relation to your booking :
- Transfer your booking to a future date
- Gift to Scargill all or part of the fees for your booking as a way of supporting us through this difficult time
- Receive a full refund
Please contact the office, preferably by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by telephone (01756 760500), to let us know what you would like us to do about your booking.
I am due to arrive for my visit in more than 8 weeks, what happens about my booking?
At this time we ask that you bear with us to see how long this situation continues to impact us in this way. If you feel you need to cancel your booking at this stage anyway, then our normal cancellation terms apply. At this stage of more than 8 weeks before your arrival, you would forfeit your non-refundable deposit. Contact the office if you want to do this but we would encourage you to wait until nearer the time of your visit before making a decision.