A Message from the Wardens – 14th January 2021

Dear Friends,

With life in lockdown there is not a lot to report this week. We wrote last week about prayer being one of the positive things we can do. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where or how to start. The prayers Claire used in Sunday’s online service were very helpful and we have added them as an attachment so you might want to use them again.

The morning service continues to be available on the website on Sunday mornings from 10 o’clock and there is also a story for the younger children and some activity sheets for Alive Gang. Soulroots continue to have their meetings via Zoom.

The PCC have agreed to renew the church Zoom licence so we are able to continue using it for Sunday Coffee and Chat sessions and small group meetings. The details for this week’s Coffee and Chat at 11o’clock are available from the Wardens.

Some time ago Dorothy Firth told us about a Christian Aid campaign and has sent the following announcement showing that we can make a difference.

“M&S has become the first major fashion brand to pledge to cease all sourcing from the Uyghur region and cut all ties with suppliers implicated in the Chinese government’s forced labour system”.

Thank you to Jane Needham for sharing the verses that she goes to in difficult times – Psalm 139, particularly v.16 “All the days ordained for me were written in your book” and v.23-24 “Search me God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Please let us know if you would like to share something that helps you when life is tough.

We know many of you will have been praying for Marjorie and family after the news of Maurice’s death yesterday. Gay had a chat to her today and said that she is being very positive, though finding it lonely and obviously missing Maurice. They met each other as children at school and were married in 1947 so it is difficult to imagine one without the other. Marjorie would be pleased to receive phone calls just for a general chat. Early evening is a good time before the carers help her prepare for bed at 9 o’clock. It’s difficult to overestimate

the value of phone calls as we spend this time staying at home, so please continue as we keep hearing how much it is appreciated.

A final encouragement from a verse Claire used in the closing prayer on Sunday:

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” Deuteronomy 31:8.

With love from James & Ann