Weekly Newsletter 24th April

26th April : Sunday Morning Worship 10 am on our website www.kmc.org.uk

Following worship please join us at 10.30am in ‘The KMC Coffee Lounge’ from the comfort of your own front room for a Zoom meeting

ID: 611 638 252 and password: 098436 (Type in Zoom to your web browser to access this).

Circuit Youth: Rev Scott Manning is hosting a Bible Study group on Mondays at 6.30pm. All teens are welcome to join (Meeting ID 845 745 494 Password 017307).

Word for Today: The next quarter edition of ‘Word for Today’ is available for us to order if you would like a copy please can you email office@kmc.org.uk by MONDAY 27 April and let us know if you are able to collect if we leave in a box at the rear door to Church or if you would need a copy delivered. We will do our best to get them to you

Olive Kilby Order of Service : On Monday the funeral of Olive Kilby took place and I emailed the order of service and tribute to Olive to as many people I could think of who knew Olive. Inevitably there will be people that I missed and I apologise for this. If you would like me to email these to you please contact me on peter.richards910@ntlworld.com or Knutsford 634842.

Gift Aid 2019/20: Until the end of the social-distancing guidelines it will not be possible to deliver the annual letter to those members and friends of KMC who subscribe and add gift aid to their donations. If you are using the enforced isolation to prepare your Self-Assessment return and would like your annual statement now, please telephone Geoffrey Wallwork on 634603 and I will post your letter out to you.

Interested in joining a virtual church choir? The National Methodist Choir of Great Britain has set up an online choir that anyone can join. Visit their website for more details, to sign up or just to listen to their first recording ‘In Christ Alone’. There’s a youth option too, ‘One Sound Youth Music in Christ’. Click on the link to visit the choir’s website: https://nmcgb.org/

After Lockdown! When we are back to Church in the building, once again, perhaps we could have an exhibition of everything we have done during this isolation; i.e., crafts, photos, plants, sewing scrubs, children’s pictures and activities etc., any ideas contact me please. Something to look forward to! Sue Stinchcombe 01565621322

v Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help James Tavenor with his project, you should have been contacted by James with instructions on how to help.

An update from HOPE CENTRAL:

Unless you are still visiting Booths and/or the Co-op, it’s now quite difficult to donate food to The Welcome/Hope Central Foodbank.

An alternative would be to provide money, which Hope Central can then spend on the foodstuffs that they are short of in any particular week, and the easy way to donate is via: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1017786&utm_source=extbtn&utm_campaign=donatebtn.

Prayer themes for April

As a church family we come together to pray, wherever we are, for ourselves, our town, our nation and our world as we face the threat of the coronavirus. Protect those who are especially vulnerable and be present with any who feel alone.

May Christians here and worldwide this Easter, whatever their circumstances, remember Jesus’s death for each one of us and join in celebrating the hope given by His glorious resurrection. Amen

Prayers for this week

Please pray for all those who are unwell, for those preparing for surgery or receiving treatment and for those going through other significant life events.

We pray for Hannah Webb, Brendan, Liz McGrath, Betty Howes, Kate Walker, Kate Wilkinson, Chris Barratt, Pete Thompson, Keith Jolley.

We pray for Simon & Ros Tavenor and all the family following the death of Simon’s dad John Montgomery Tavernor last week. We also remember Ron Kilby & daughters Julia & Margaret following the funeral of Olive earlier this week. Also, the family of Edna Fewtrell (Plumley) after her funeral on Friday, especially her children Sue, Ian and Ruth. We also give thanks for the life of Dennis Groves the former organist at Over Peover for many years, whose funeral is at Macclesfield on Tuesday at 1pm. We ask for comfort for all who are bereaved at this difficult time.

We pray for those on our long term prayer list:

Laura, Lindsay Pearson, Cassia, Christine.

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Here are a couple of items received to share with everyone. Please do send in by email and we will share what we can.

REFLECTIONS

And the couple stayed home,
And mourned what was no longer possible:
The company of others and the warmth of a hug,
The visits to café, garden centre and the Lakes.

And they obsessed over statistics and headlines,
The health of our leaders and everyone,
And saw the panic buying and stockpiling,
And debated what lockdown meant for them and for others,
And whether others were complying.

And they put that aside,
And mastered new technologies,
And learned to attend church in new ways,
And tackled tasks long postponed,
And gardened and painted.

And they relaxed,
And appreciated the quiet in the skies,
And listened afresh to birdsong,
And appreciated the gift of musical talent.

And made time their servant and not their master,
And reflected on priorities and goals.
And they walked, respecting the few they met,
And saw all the businesses closed,
And wondered how many would re-open.

And they checked on others,
and encouraged and were encouraged in turn,
And they applauded on Thursdays at 8,
With neighbours familiar and new,
And they prayed,
And resolved to be able to look back,
when all this had passed,
With a quiet satisfaction
And a new appreciation of:

What is good,

What is real,

What is of value,

And how to live afresh a meaningful life,

In gratitude to God.

by David Tomkins

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The Covid Winter

It started slowly,
Like the first leaves in autumn.

First one, then two, then three at once,
And then a flurry.
Suddenly all the plans I had made were gone.

The calendar stood bare,
Like a winter tree.
The people I loved – isolated.
The routine I knew – decimated.
The pattern of my life – changed, almost unrecognisable.

“I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord,
But I want my plans.
I want what I thought I would have,
The meetings, the people and the places.

Spring is in the air,
But it feels like winter.
An eerie, quiet winter,
A frightening, Narnian winter,
With no Christmas to brighten the days.

But a stopping, waiting,
Worrying, questioning winter:
When will this end?
Will the world be the same after?
Who will I be when it is over?

Then I remember
That despite appearances
Winter is not just waiting.
It is recharging,
Strengthening,
Preparing

For new life, and abundant growth.
For the beauty of flowers
And the miracle of birth.

And I remember that in the darkness of Good Friday
The disciples despaired
Believing that the world as they knew it
Was over.
And it was.

But what came next was joy,
Transformation
A new life
A new mission.

The old and familiar was gone,
The new was infinitely better.
This “winter” feels hard
But I will give it to God
Trusting in His promise
Of hope and renewal.

Looking to Easter – whenever it comes
Believing that in God’s time, not my time
Life will be renewed.

Katie Smith 17/03/2020

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