By the time you read this we will be part way through Lent and I will be cooking 3 vegetarian meals a week, not drinking tea or coffee and stopping to pray for 5 minutes at midday. Also, I hope to take part in ‘Slow Down, Save the Planet’, which sends to us a challenge for each day. I’m really looking forward to it; I enjoy working to a plan and sometimes have to remind myself that it’s OK to do things that are not planned and to take a risk occasionally. Hope you all find Lent a special and fulfilling season in whatever you do.
A quote from Pope Francis: “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”
We, as a Church, are saddened by the death of our dear Marjorie Freeman, who will be missed by us all, yet we are thankful for her life and having known her and we are comforted by knowing she is now with her Lord. A number of others in Church are grieving the loss of close family members and we remember them in our prayers. We also pray for the family of Kathleen Whitby.
We continue to pray for and visit those of our flock in Residential or Nursing Homes. I am so thankful to hear of all the formal and informal Pastoral Support that happens through KMC as we seek to show God’s love to others in very practical ways.
Our next Pastoral Meeting for Pastoral Visitors and Home Group Leaders is on Monday 2nd March at 7.30pm. Please come along if you can.
We are really looking forward to our Tuesday Lunches starting back on March the 3rd. We always need help preparing, serving and washing up so if this is something you feel you could help with please let the Church Office know or sign up on the sheet in the kitchen.
On Sunday 8th March at 1.30pm we are holding a lunch at Church for everyone coming with us to Oberammergau. It will be lovely to meet up and share together before our trip in May.
Our Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship Meetings in March are:
10th March Alison Cookson (sister-in-law of Sharon Mayer) ‘Living in a Deaf World’ and
on 24th March is John Hayes ‘Christian Prison Resourcing’, offering life support to prisoners.
31st March is our fifth Tuesday and we are having a trip to Chapel in The Fields where Rev Kevin Johnson will share with us and we will have an afternoon tea together, the cost for this will be £5 which includes transport and all refreshments. If you would like to come with us please contact me by Tuesday 24th March. Also, if you can help with transport, that would be very much appreciated.
Our Cameo is on 22nd March, Mothering Sunday, where Rob and I will be leading the service followed by our lovely afternoon tea. This will also be our Cameo celebrating Easter, so there will be trifle.
Myself, Paula Lambe and Caroline Hepplethwaite are working towards setting up a sitting service, through KMC. We had been exploring the possibility of setting up a Day Centre, but we felt that this may not be quite the right time to do this. However, in feeling led to offer more support and love to those who are caring for a loved one with dementia, the idea of a sitting service evolved. You will hear more details soon; we are busy getting all of the paperwork and systems in place. If you could pray about whether this is something you may feel led to volunteer, for that would be great. It will involve working in pairs, both male and female and sitting with a person with dementia to give their carer a break for a few hours a week, fortnight or month. No lifting or handling is involved and no personal care. Please speak to me if you may be interested in this.
Church and Community Pastoral Worker