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Holy Week with CCC.

It was lovely to see you yesterday morning if you were able to be with us - thanks again to Phil and Marilyn for a good Palm Sunday morning, thinking about waiting for God to act and fulfil his promises.

I mentioned the times when we can get together this week, if you're available, as we lead up to Easter - the high point of the year when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection.  Of course, so much happened for Jesus in this final week, including his crucifixion - "The Day the Revolution Began" according to Tom Wright - that about half of the gospels are taken up with this time period.  So, it's good to take time to reflect this week.

(I also mentioned some security changes with Zoom - see more below.)

Here are the times we'll be on Zoom this week.  The link to join any of them is  https://zoom.us/j/5724430668?pwd=NUF1aVFicG1vdnBhaWo3U2tXcXE4UT09, or you can click 'Join' and use Meeting ID: 572 443 0668 and Password: 464979.

Lunchtime today from 12.30 until about 1.30.  This is a good time to catch up and pray for what's on our hearts and minds.

FAQ with Krish Kandiah, 7.45 for 8pm every evening starting today  Watch reflections for Holy Week and then time to discuss, share and pray.  More details below.

Wednesday early morning from 6.30 - our usual time to pray together for CCC and what's happening at The Point.

Good Friday morning at 10.30 - we'd usually be at The Point for this, but now we'll be on Zoom - time to reflect and meditate on Jesus' crucifixion, and something of what it means for us and for the world.  Do join if you can.

Easter Sunday morning at 10.30 - celebrate Jesus' resurrection and the promise of new life and hope!

Faith and Quarantine.

Over the past couple of weeks, Krish Kandiah (founder of Home for Good) has been doing short talks on Facebook Live reflecting on life in lockdown or isolation, in the light of various Bible stories and characters.  You can check out the back catalogue and/or subscribe to his YouTube channel here.

This week he's looking at events in Holy Week, again from the point of view of being in isolation.  I've been enjoying watching so far, and so I thought it would be good to watch together and then chat afterwards.  So my plan is to watch and be online each evening this week, and if you'd like to join me for some or all of them, that would be lovely.  If you've already got small group or other plans, that's fine, but if you haven't it would be great to see you.

I think that it is possible to watch the Facebook Live broadcast even without being signed up to Facebook, so I'm hopeful that everyone who wants to will be able to watch together.  But it might take a bit of working out!  So, I suggest that we get on Zoom from about 7.45 and work out the technology ready for 8pm.  Or you could find krishk.com on Facebook, watch independently at 8pm, and join us on Zoom afterwards.

Hopefully I'll see you sometime this week!

Zoom...

As you may well have noticed this morning, Zoom have started insisting that we have to use passwords as well as meeting IDs to access meetings online.  This is part of Zoom's response to criticism of the security of their software, and I'm sorry that it makes things a little more complicated.

If you can access a meeting by clicking on the link I send out, it will not make a difference to how you connect, as the password is built in to the link.  If you connect by dialling in or by using the 'Join' button, you'll have one extra step of entering the password as well as the meeting ID.

To help protect yourself and your computer or other device from security issues with the software:
-  make sure that you have up to date anti-virus security software installed
-  make sure that the Zoom app is up to date - it usually tells you when an updated version is available
-  make sure the Zoom app is fully closed when you're not using it.

We will also try to make sure that we are using the features of Zoom as best we can to protect us against anyone accessing our Zoom times and doing anything inappropriate.  But we are too trying to mirror our public meetings at the Calabash and the Point, where also we want to welcome whoever wishes to join us and discover what we're about.

If you think there's anything in particular we could be doing, please let me know.

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