June, half way through the year and at last some sunshine!
“June is bustin out all over’ and it certainly is. This song came to my mind as I sat to type this Newsletter. Words by Rodgers and Hammerstein from the film Carousel, I do enjoy watching a good musical.
May’s weather has been very disappointing we are longing for some warmth and settled weather, my little bedding plants are struggling and yet the glory of nature is around from the magnificent trees and hedgerows. The sheep’s parsley is so tall this year, I get swamped by it, the Hawthorn bushes/trees known as May, “cast not a clout until May is out” are in full flower and remind you that summer is coming. Plus Springwatch is back on the TV. So much to smile about.
I really like this song written by John Rutter: Look at the World
Look at the World, everything all around us. Look at the world and marvel every day. Look at the world: so many joys and wonders, so many miracles along our way. Praise to thee, O lord for all creation. Give us thankful hearts that we may see, all the gifts we share, and every blessing, All things come of thee……..this song carries on and the last two lines read: We are His hands, stewards of all His bounty. His is the earth and His the heavens above.
We must do all we can to look after it!
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL I hope and trust you are all keeping well? I cannot believe another month has gone by, nearly half way through this year already! We are all adjusting to having a bit more freedom again. What a privilege to be able to meet people inside. Have you had anyone around for a Coffee or a cup of tea? My brother and sister in law came to visit us last week for the first time in nearly a year. We did sit outside for a short time but it was so cold, it was great to be able to come inside. It all feels so very strange, I went to London last Saturday with my daughter. We went up the Shard, it was a gift to Lucy and I from two Christmases ago! We had such a lovely time and London was very busy! After we got over the shock of that, we so enjoyed some normality apart from our masks of course. The views from the Shard were amazing and we took tea at the very top. It was great to see people out and about enjoying sitting along the Thames embankment eating ice creams despite the weather being iffy. The one thing I noticed which I have never noticed before in London was how many dogs were being walked along, I lost count, I don’t know if it was just that I am so out of being amongst people or there are a lot more people in London with dogs normally. We finished our day enjoying ‘Afternoon Tea’ at St. Catherine’s Dock and a walk around there looking at all the lovely boats, barges and houseboats. We finished off our day walking around the walls of the Tower of London on our way back to Liverpool Street Station.
This newsletter is just out before our church meeting on 30th May. The Deacons did meet and we have called the church meeting, because we have some serious matters to consider about the future of the church. The meeting is Sunday 30th May at 4pm at the church. We would value your prayers for this meeting.
Some good news as we go forward is that Coffee and Chat will be re-starting on the Tuesday 22nd June at 10.30am. I have met with Doreen, Mandy Bugg and Denise Clarke, they have both been eager to get things going again.. Mandy doesn’t work at Valentine House anymore, but doesn’t think the residents would be able to come up just yet with all the Care Home rules. Doreen is happy for Denise to take over from her in the kitchen, as she finds things a little difficult at times, so can’t commit and do what she has in the past. We have decided to wait until that date to make sure that hopefully the rules will be a little easier after the June 21st deadline. We thought we would set up in the church and have a table outside the front weather permitting for people who may prefer to stay out in the fresh air. We are not sure how it will go but we can always adjust to see how people like it. There will be waitress service to minimise people wandering around inside but it will be just lovely to open up the church for people who long to just get out for an hour to have a chat with friends.
Incredibly, right now ‘How to pray’ is searched online more than ‘How to dance’ and ‘How to sing’ on Google. I don’t know about you but I find prayer difficult to sit down quietly and do. My mind always drifts off to what might be happening in the Gray household. Many of you know that I find when I am out walking the dogs I find that’s my quiet time, away from distraction. Where I can talk to Jesus or listen to what he has to say to me. When I am home I have to make a list of prayer pointers to keep me on track. Prayer is powerful and it is something we all can do. It doesn’t have to be anything grand, it is just talking to God as you would to anyone, sharing what is on your heart and mind. Making room in our lives for Jesus is so important to help us grow our relationship with Him. Our Fellowship needs your prayers.
Recently at St. Francis, the Rev. Paul was talking about how powerful prayer is and inviting us to take part in ‘Our Kingdom come’ movement where you choose a person or people to pray for each day throughout say the month of June. Perhaps you could do that? Or maybe pray for the road you live on. Paul also told us a few years ago Christian people were wearing one of those charity type bracelets with the initials PUSH which stands for Pray Until Something Happens‼ Perhaps we could adopt that slogan here?