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KEEPING IN TOUCH
The LORD is my shepherd: I have all that I need. I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.        Psalm 23:1,4

FEBRUARY 2021

NEWS LETTER

 

Hello, I am trying to get back on track this month. I hope this news letter finds you well and keeping cheerful. January is always a tough month at the best of times and particularly at the moment with so much sadness and fear in people’s lives. The statistics that are published every day of people who have died from the virus are truly staggering and very, very sad for all the families, who have lost their loved ones. It would be wonderful to hear the statistics of all those who have tested positive, but have recovered. I think so much fear is stirred up by the media. I try to listen to the scientists and doctors and not all these other people’s opinions. I pray for the Government every day, obviously they would/should have done some things differently in hindsight. I certainly would not want to do their job knowing that every decision they have made could cost people’s lives and jobs. We must all play our part and keep following the rules to keep as safe as is possible, but at the same time not be fearful of going out for walks and chatting with people from a safe distance and enjoying life as best as we can. We have been blessed beyond measure in so many ways, for this we should be thankful.


 

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL DURING THESE

EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

 

Better days are coming! I have noted that the mornings and evenings are drawing out and the birds are starting to sing. This weekend is the R.S.P.B Annual Bird Watch weekend. We have personally been cheered by the amount of birds that seem to have returned to our garden this past week. It is such a delight to see them, and watch as they dart around looking for food, so busy! The Blue Tits and Great Tits are inspecting the bird boxes in our garden. We are hopeful that they may nest this year. In our garden we are blessed to see Blue Tits, Great Tits, Longtail Tits, Sparrows, Robins, Blackbirds and tiny Wrens. We also have lots of Wood Pigeon’s and Collared Doves, Starlings, Jackdaws, Magpies, The Heron occasionally visits to try and catch our goldfish and has succeeded in the past.. Our Snowdrops are coming into flower and we have got Polyanthus that have been flowering all year and bring some colour into our garden. Allan and I feel so blessed that we are surrounded by such good and wonderful things from nature and location. We always try to be mindful for those who are shut away with no windows or a way to go outside easily, just to breathe fresh air. What privileges we just take for granted.

DON’T OBSESS OVER THE FUTURE

‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’                                                          Matthew 6:34 TLB

Psychologists reckon that about 95 per cent of all we worry about never happens. What about the other 5 per cent? Four out of five times things turn out better than we anticipated, including a lot of outright blessings! In the end, only 1 per cent of all the bad we think might happen actually does, and of this it’s rarely as bad as we feared. That’s why Jesus said, Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ The apostle Peter gives us the right perspective to live by in these words: ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC) So the word for today is – don’t obsess over the future.

 

Tomorrow will be a Good day    Sir Captain Tom

 

Like Reading Books?

If you enjoy reading, don’t forget to visit the old red phone box along Western Road. It is full of books with a great variety to choose from. Just help yourself. We have Andrew Bugg to thank for this. He keeps a close eye on the box and updates it with new books which have been donated. On occasions when the weather is good, mostly on Saturday’s Andrew will put out a table at the front of his house in the Broadway with all sorts of books for every age. Andrew who is one of our Parish Councillors has worked very hard over this past year serving this community. We need to be very thankful that so many people here in our village do all they can to help one another. You may know of others, that are helping you or someone you know, perhaps you might like to nominate someone and write a little note to be added to next months news letter to say thank you.

 

Let’s Keep Shining

Keep me shining, Lord, keep me shining, Lord in all I say and do. That the world may see Christ lives in me, and learns to love him too.

Nahum 1:7

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who take refuge in him.

 

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

 

The LORD will keep you from all harm – the LORD will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore. THANKS & PRAYERS

We have something to feel so proud about. Scientists worked night and day to bring us  Vaccines. As a Country we have invested in this work and have chosen well with the companies we have invested in. Our scientists, are amazing and we thank those who volunteered to be part of the trials in testing these. We have so much to be thankful for!

As always, thank you for keeping in touch with one another. This is so important especially during these dark days. I know some of you have already celebrated birthdays alone and others have lost dear ones in their family. I know too, many families are finding home schooling very difficult, trying to juggle that alongside working from home. I know others who are suffering with their mental health, both young and older folk. There are those who have already lost their job or are furloughed and are not sure what the future will hold for them. Many are suffering problems beyond their control with children with complex needs or elderly parents who are not able to care for themselves. So much and so many things I hear as I go around the village. Let’s try and remember each other, show love and be kind.

Giving: Just to let you know I will be going to the bank in a couple of week’s time to pay collection money in. If anyone wishes to give the church a donation. Many Thanks.

16th February Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day‼ No pass the pancake this year at coffee morning. How do you like your pancakes, sweet or savoury? I like mine in the traditional way with sugar and lemon. I do hope you have pancakes and remember that the next day is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent. Will you be giving up something for Lent? or maybe you will be giving some time to help someone instead, as your way of preparing yourself for the wonderful festival of Easter.

Prayers Please pray for those who are grieving, we especially remember Iris at this time. Give thanks for a measure of good health. Please pray for a couple of our friends who have had falls. Fortunately not too badly hurt, but bruised and shook up. Keep Roy very much in your thoughts and prayers as he continues with his treatment. We give thanks for all those who have had their vaccine injections. We pray this will continue without any hitches.

We continue to pray for the Government as they try to work through this pandemic. We do pray that the whole of the United Kingdom work together to try to eradicate this virus. We give thanks for the courage, skill and tireless service of NHS staff, Carers, and Paramedics. All our frontline workers are doing an amazing job. We give thanks for Police, Fire Brigade, Prison Officers, Chaplains, Shop Staff and all involved with Schools.

Holocaust Memorial Day which was last Wed. 27th We remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocides that followed in places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. May such atrocities never be forgotten.

NEED INFORMATION? Listed below are some helpful numbers

                                      CHURCH CONTACTS

Overseeing Pastor          Rev. Malcolm Boulter               07720 394049

Church Secretary             Mrs. J. Bartlett                         Tel. 01376 561959

Church Treasurer             Mrs. Sharon Gray                    Tel 01376 583913

Church Telephone No.     01376 584306       Post Code CM8 3QF (Silver Street)