MISSING YOU ALL
As I write this newsletter, things are still far from being back to normal. Whatever ‘normal’ is? I think it is a different version for each one of us. As many of you who know me, I have a pretty relaxed way of looking at life, but I realise for many they are very fearful and rightly so. I believe we have all got to learn how to live with this virus, without taking unnecessary risks which might endanger ourselves or others, using common sense. We mustn’t become complacent about potential risk as the colder weather comes along, but at the same time get on with living and enjoying all that we can do.
CHURCH - As you know, churches are now able to open, subject to strict safety conditions being met. Our church remains closed at this present time. The Diaconate are meeting in early September to discuss the best and safest way forward for our folk.
COFFEE MORNINGS Many people have asked me when will the Coffee Morning start again? Unfortunately with the current Government rules we are unable to re-start. We are not able to mix with lots of people from different homes indoors. Only 6 people from different families can meet up outside. It is all very complicated. Plus there are rules about sharing cups/saucers/plates. Etc… Also toilets….The rules just go on and on and sometimes feels like rules! for rules sake. I know that many of you will be really disappointed. I feel very sad about our church doors being closed at such a time as this when people might need to meet up with others in a safe place.
We continue to thank Malcolm for all he is doing making the CD’s enabling all to participate in this different way of Worship. Also Pauline for continuing to phone people regularly.
St. Francis. Church Services will resume from 6th September, at 9.30. The first service will be HC with Rev. Paul, following on for the remainder of September with a Morning Prayer Service being led by Ruth or on occasion Rev. Val Drury. Rev. Paul will continue with his on-line service every Sunday as well as other duties.
DURING THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
On July 17th I had the privilege to share some memories of Beryl at her funeral service. We were blessed with a beautiful day and many gathered at the crematorium for her service. Numbers were very limited and so a number had to stay outside. It was a lovely service put together by Karl. I shared some stories of the adventures we had in the choir over the years and reminded folk that Beryl used to sing solo’s and one she sang regularly was ‘If I can help somebody’ I said I thought the words to that song fitted Beryl totally as she was always so kind and thoughtful. Always caring about others and making sure they were ok. Beryl loved to sing and she found that singing is healing and uplifting. Beryl had some difficult times in her life, but she always managed to come back to choir as soon as she could. She had a simple faith and would remark quite profoundly about the words to hymns or readings. Beryl was a village girl and connected to the church from a very young age. Her mum and dad Mr. & Mrs Davies were church members. I will miss Beryl very much but I have some great memories and Karl has given Jane and I some little mementoes to remind us of his Mum and Dad.
August has flown by so quickly. We have enjoyed some beautiful weather, perhaps too hot for some! We and most of my family have been very blessed having our own caravans to enjoy holidays in glorious North Devon. We go to the same spot every year. It is very special to us and holds very many memories for the whole family. We are very mindful how fortunate we are especially during such a time as this. Devon was much busier than usual, but where we go it was not a problem to socially distance from others. Allan was rather disappointed how few insects, butterflies, dragonflies were around. He catalogues these from one year to another and they seemed quite behind us here in Essex. Sitting in the field we camp in I was very aware of my God given senses, being surrounded by God’s creation, the peace just washes over you. You can feel the soft Devon breeze, smell the wildflowers and grasses, in particular the Evening Primrose, hear the Atlantic surf in the distance and birds/geese/swans as they pass over you. See the beauty of nature right in front of you, the swallows diving for insects, the wonder of the cloud formations and the millions of stars by night. You could almost taste the salt in the air. The Cornish pasties were good too‼ This reminded me of a verse in Psalm 34:8 ‘Taste and See that the Lord is good.’ This Psalm is very encouraging and good to read through. Why not take a look‼