“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   Jeremiah 29:11


MAY  2021


Hello everyone


May already! May is the most beautiful month, when all the trees come into leaf and we are surrounded by a sea of green, so many shades! Everywhere looks lush and new, the blossoms are glorious and the sun warm. Unfortunately April has been a really cold month, with the wind, biting and coming from the Arctic. Brrr!

I wonder how you are doing? I still feel all over the place, everything you do is not the same, but I am very positive that things will soon be much better.


Keep Smiling

When you go out today, will you carry in your presence a spirit of health and cheerfulness? Will your face mirror a smile? What is it that may relieve a situation of stress and strain or which has the power to make a friend? No one is so poor that he has no need of it. No one is so rich that he cannot share it. A SMILE appears in the dictionary as a facial expression in which corners of the mouth curve upwards, expressing joy and pleasure. Is yours a warm Smile? Or is it the insincere, fleeting mask-like grimace thrown up by so many people today? A Smile frequently acts as a key to loneliness. A Smile makes you feel good. A Smile makes a difference. It makes an impression on the Smiler, and on the one Smiled upon. “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity” wrote Joseph Addison. “They are but trifles, to be sure, but, scattered along life’s pathways, the good they do is inconceivable.” There is power in a SMILE.               Anonymous





I expect you are now looking forward to the next step for opening up the country, Monday 17th May when hopefully life will be a little more normal and you can welcome family and friends into your home. It has been a wearing time for so many, I know that personally I have found it really hard, especially these last couple of months, since having my first vaccination I have felt quite flat, and the weather being so cold, it all seems endless. I am really very fortunate having family living close by so I have been able to see them regularly, but what joy it will be to be able to meet up properly and just feel relaxed about being in their company. Allan and I did book a table at the Western Arms last week, which was very nice and I enjoyed my meal, especially because I didn’t have to cook it, but it was freezing cold brrr! Sitting out in the car park, I had taken my hat, a cushion and a blanket for which I was very grateful, I should have got Allan to take a photo, or maybe not!. Hee hee.  I have also ventured to the shops! My daughter invited me to go with her to Chelmsford. We went early so it was fairly quiet, I only went in 3 shops it was nice to have a look around and get what I wanted, but it did feel strange and we were happy to come home well before lunch.


A little funny, in a magazine I found. Apologies to you younger ones!


Everything is farther away than it used to be. It is twice as far to the corner and they’ve added a hill I notice. I’ve given up running for the bus; it leaves faster than it used to do. It seems to me that they are making the steps steeper than in the old days and have you noticed the smaller print they are using in newspapers?

There is no sense in asking anyone to read aloud; everyone speaks in such a low voice that I can barely hear them, and the material in clothes is getting so skimpy especially around the waist and hips.

Even people are changing they are much younger than they used to be when I was their age. On the other hand people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she had aged so much that she did not recognise me.

I got to thinking about the poor thing whilst I was combing my hair this morning, and while I was doing that I glanced at my reflection – and do you know what? They don’t make mirrors like they used to.


Jesus said. “Do not fear, only believe.”                             Luke 8:50


Church News

The Deacons will be meeting up next Saturday 8th May for a look at how we can move forward. It will probably be small steps. I am hoping that I can bring you more news soon.


Where you’re Needed    by Patience Strong

Where you are, just where you are, is where you’re needed most of all. Where you’re placed today is where you have to answer duty’s call…Maybe you believe that you could really do more good elsewhere – Maybe so; but here is where you have been stationed. Here, not there.


Where you are is where you’re wanted – Where God has a job for you – Where you find yourself today there’s something only you can do….So accept the situation, working out your destiny – through your present circumstances. That’s the way it has to be.


Never think you’re wasted as the good years slip away. Is there any future in it? That is not for you to say…Though you feel you’re getting nowhere in a circle cramped and small – Where you are, just where you are, is where you’re needed most of all.


This month’s hymn -Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


O soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Saviour, and life more abundant and free!


Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.


Through death into life everlasting He passed and we follow Him there; over us sin no more hath dominion, for more than conquerors we are!


Turn your eyes upon Jesus…


His word shall not fail you, He promised; Believe Him, and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell.


Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grown strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.



“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”              Isaiah 40:31


Giving  Thank you all so much for all the gifts you keep passing onto me.

News  It is great to be able to say that Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers have all returned to the church. They are only able to meet outside at the moment, but Carol said the girls couldn’t wait to get back. Silver Tots is also proving very popular, they follow very strict procedures and have to limit numbers. The dance class is also operating on a Wednesday evening. I am so thrilled that there is some life going on at the church. Dan from Scouts got in touch with me to say that Scouts started back some time ago. They held an outdoor Oscar’s Evening, which was fantastic to see all the young people dressed up smartly despite it being a very cold evening. Such a lot of hard work had gone into making them feel very special and proud. I met up with some of our coffee and chat people from Valentine House this week, we went to the Cornerstone Church at Black Notley, they have a Café, we met up with Carol Bland whose mother Eileen was at Valentine House. Carol is a wonderful Christian lady and it was good to have fellowship there. I have news from Valentine House that Jan is doing okay, she has settled in and likes to sit with Ron who used to come to Coffee and Chat. Ellen really misses her dear friend Ivy and is looking forward to when she may  be able to come back to coffee.

Grounds Martin is keeping the grass tidy it has had its second cut. Duncan our neighbour has trimmed the front hedge beautifully, I have been trying to pick up twigs and clear up cuttings that were left in the church grounds. A big tree which was dead has fallen down and Luke has cleared it away from the edges and cut it up, plus cut back some of the brambles and mowed up around that area. He intends to have a bonfire at some point and will inform the neighbours around the church beforehand. It is such a huge garden and I must admit I feel overwhelmed trying to keep on top of all the extra growth.

Thanks for keeping in touch with one another, it all helps to keep some normality and brighten our day. It is lovely to receive a call or a note through the door. Even better a chat on the doorstep or in the garden. It has been great to see some of you when out on a walk around the village. We really must thank Malcolm and Pauline for providing us with the lovely CD’s each week. I know many of you look forward to receiving them and they give a lift to your week.

Prayers As you read this I pray that you and your loved ones find comfort, strength and hope in God’s Word, despite the ever changing circumstances we find ourselves living in. By taking just a few moments each day to read and reflect on what it is telling you. Please continue to pray for all who are grieving. Pray for the Queen and the Royal family, it was such a moving service for the Duke of Edinburgh, seeing the Queen sitting all alone was very sad, but I know many have been in the same position. It feels very inhumane. Remember also those in our Fellowship and friends who are suffering acute pain with their backs, necks, hands feet and legs. Constant pain is very wearing and depressing. Please keep Val in your prayers she is undergoing a very big operation next week on her back. Remember Geoff and her sons also as they are very concerned for her. Please continue to keep one another in prayer and the churches here in the village. St. Francis has resumed services and the Christian Fellowship has also resumed.