KEEPING IN TOUCH
†ďMay the God of Hope fill you completely with Joy and Peace because you Trust
in him.Ē††††† †††††††††† Romans 15:13
Blessed & Safe New Year
May the faith of God
Be with you this year
May the peace of God
And may you be blessed
Happy New Year
Hello sorry this news sheet is a
bit late in the day! Allan and myself have had to isolate for a couple of weeks,
because of the Covid virus in the family. I can report all are doing well. Thanks
Be To God.
Here we are again, at the beginning of this New Year with hope in our hearts
that things will improve, especially with the vaccine coming. We all know and
except that things are very tough right now and the next two months are going
to be hard to endure and we must not be complacent and keep the rules!, but we
can hold onto the HOPE of these 2 new vaccines and trust in God to see us
through each day as it passes. We are blessed in many, many ways, when you see
the news and the distress for so many. Be thankful.
THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
received this on my phone a few days ago. I thought it was great and a reminder
for us to be thankful.
Not Everything is Cancelled!
Sunshine is not cancelled
Love s not cancelled
Relationships are not cancelled
Reading is not cancelled
Naps are not cancelled
Devotion is not cancelled
Music is not cancelled
Dancing is not cancelled
Imagination is not cancelled
Kindness is not cancelled
Conversations are not cancelled
HOPE is not cancelled.
Andrew Clarke Counselling
WAS YOUR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR?
am guessing for all of us it was quite different from usual and from what
perhaps you had planned. All my familyís plans went out the window, but we felt
very thankful, because we have the technology to do a Zoom Meeting with† the
family in the different houses. We were able to share in the present opening
and see our Grandchildren enjoying their gifts. It brought us together and I
know how blessed we are and feel very much for those of you who are not able to
be with your families and can only speak to them on the phone. I am sure many
tears were shed over this Christmas period.
has been our tradition for over 30 years to do a Boxing Day walk. The tradition
was started by my parents. My Dads birthday being the 26th December
we would all set out to an arranged place and our favourite destination was
East Mersea for a walk and a car boot picnic. This year of course our tradition
didnít happen. Allan and I did go out for a very muddy walk around the wood
with the dogs, bumping into a number a people and family too, all keeping
socially distant of course. It was good to get out and walk off some of those
chocolates and cake. I was very pleased to have taken my walking stick with me,
it was so muddy it was a job to keep upright! and no I hadnít been on the Sherry!
My thoughts turned again to the very many blessings we have living where we do.
To be able to go outside and take a little walk even if it is just around where
you live and see the beautiful Christmas lights that people had put in their
gardens this year, just fantastic! It really did cheer us all up to brighten
these dark days and nights. I canít say I enjoyed the fireworks on New Years
Eve, but thatís another story.
Life as a Privilege not a Right
Letís Keep Shining
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.
to make you Smile
The buttons on my jeans have started social
distancing from each other.
Keep in mind, even during a pandemic, no
matter how much chocolate you eat, your earrings will still fit.
Until further notice, the days of the week
are now called, thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today &
Father thank You that You have promised us, that You
will never leave us or forsake us. As we begin this New Year with so much
uncertainty we look to You to lead us with thankfulness, assurance and trust,
knowing that promise in our hearts, You will never leave us or forsake us.
Father Help us to reach out to those in need, the
sick, the lonely and the unsure. We feel helpless about what we can do, but we know
that You will guide us and help us to do what we can. We do bring before You
names on our own hearts, maybe friends or family who are ill with Covid or
suffering badly with ongoing pain caused from arthritis. Those who have
discovered lumps and worry about Cancer. Some who are suffering from Cancer.
Others who are going through terrible times with Mental Health. Remember those
grieving, especially Alisha and family. So much and so many to remember.
Lord, we pray for and appreciate those who serve
around the clock to protect and look after us. We think especially of the NHS, Ambulance,
Doctors, Nurses, Carers, who are being pressed beyond measure at this dangerous
time. We pray for the Police and for the Armed Forces who are helping to
distribute the vaccine around the Country. We are thankful that whatever it
maybe, they respond to emergencies and care for the vulnerable.
We remember schools, teachers, support staff and
especially the children doing home schooling and their parents. Difficult times
We are especially thankful at this time for the
scientists who have worked so hard to develop these vaccines. We pray for all
who will be receiving their Vaccines very soon.
Huge, huge† Thank
everyone who helped to decorate the outside of the church for Christmas. It was
a magnificent effort‼ We had some very kind folks from the village who
donated lights and many groups who hung things from the trees and hedge at the
front of the church. Thank you to the gang who helped put the decorations and
battery lights up, especially Sandra, Carol, Pam, Jim and their Grandsons.
Brenda made the most beautiful homemade door wreath from some conifers branches
in her garden along with more creative items. Other people added to the display
as the days went by. Ruth is one who especially came up on her mobility scooter
with her contribution. It was a truly marvellous effort and has been
appreciated by those passing the church. Thank you all so much, it was lovely
to think that people cared enough to show their kindness.
Giving: Thank you everyone
who has/is contributing to keep the church going. We are trying to keep
everything in good order. We have recently had to pay the church insurance
which took very nearly £1,500 from our account. Thank you all so much for your
continued support for the church and the Lordís work here.
Whatís been happening at
the church over the last month? Sadly our proposed outside Carol Service had to
be cancelled after much tougher restrictions came into place when we were put
into Tier 4. Silver Tots managed to keep meeting as planned until the Christmas
break. We thank the leaders very much for all their efforts to support families
in our area. Unfortunately with things in much tougher restriction and the
schools being closed, they will not be able to open at this present time. The
heating is set to come on for an hour if the temperature falls low, this is
just to maintain the buildings. They are still checked out twice a week. All
the outside decorations have been taken down and tidied up from the front of
the church by our fantastic cleaning team, Sarah and Luke. I know this was a
mammoth task and as Allan and myself were not allowed out at the time we were
unable to help. Thank you very much. We have been approached by the Parish
Council to help out with the SilverEnd Larder (foodbank). We hope that we will
be able to do this. Another big thank you to Duncan our church neighbour, who
has kindly offered to jet wash the paths both sides of the church. People are
Great News We would like to
congratulate Samantha (Hutchings) and John on the birth of their new baby,
Henry. Samantha is our Guide Leader and Carolís daughter. We are so thrilled
for all the family. It is just so sad that with the lockdown, they will not be
able to get together in quite the same way to see baby Henry and enjoy lots of
cuddles together. We send our love and congratulations to all and hope that
soon things will get easier for everyone.
Thanks everyone for
keeping in touch with one another, it truly makes a big difference. Thank you
to Malcolm who keeps us encouraged with his messages twice a week. Also Pauline
who faithfully telephones folk, especially through these lockdown days.
Keep praying for Roy. He
is in good spirits and feels well despite taking his medication. So that is
good news. People in the village are now being called to have their 1st
Vaccine injections, this lifts our hearts also. We pray that his will all go
smoothly throughout our County and the whole Country. We give thanks to
everyone involved in this mammoth undertaking.
Remember to keep one
another in prayer.