Church and Community Pastoral News (May)

Hi Everyone,
Well, I have just looked back on my letter to you from the April Magazine
and how things have changed and moved on in a few short weeks!
As I write this letter, it is Easter Weekend and Church feels very different. Never have I been so happy that we have social media and things like Zoom, Facebook Live, Skype, our website to name but a few. We have
enjoyed a virtual Easter and, yet, because we know that so many people are worshipping in their homes at the same time it still feels really special and we know that we are part of something much bigger and that
Jesus is with each of us personally.

At the end of this letter will be a photograph of the cross, bare for Good Friday and decorated for Easter Sunday and also our little Easter Garden at the Manse.
The telephone buddy system, that I mentioned in the last newsletter, is now up and running and working really well and I think very much appreciated. There are 20 phone buddies who each have between 4 and 6 people to phone once, or sometimes more, each week. It’s a way of keeping in touch, making sure that people are OK and offering to shop for them.
We have focussed on those over 70 years of age and those who may be more vulnerable because of health issues etc.

We include people from our Tuesday lunches in this. Some of the phone buddies are now getting to know people who they didn’t know before
and friendships are being made. I keep in touch with the buddies, but also call some of our most elderly and vulnerable too.

I have set up a WhatsApp group for KMC, where people who have WhatsApp on their mobiles can join in (if you would like to be included please send me your mobile number); it is quite a busy group. I tend to
look once or twice a day and then it feels manageable. It is there for people to pass on encouraging and uplifting comments, music, photographs etc.

Peter Freeman does a story based around Rev Lionel (puppet), each day. Scott, Neal and Rob do a thought for each weekday and we have
a thought from Chapel in the Fields. It really feels like spiritually we are doing OK.
Out of this group has been born the KMC Garden WhatsApp where there
are lots of gardening tips, info and any questions are
answered.

My birthday was on Maundy Thursday. The sun shone, I had lots of phone calls and messages, Rob made me a cake, for the very first time. It looked and tasted lovely. Our fourth grandchild was due on my birthday, but she was actually born on 11th April, another granddaughter called Ruby Alexandra and all is well. Sad that we can’t go and give her a cuddle, but pleased that she has safely arrived…. The promise of new life at Easter.

I don’t know about you and whether it is because we have more time to stop and listen, but the birdsong has been amazing, the butterflies in our garden have been stunning too. I just wonder if this enforced time
of being at home is allowing our world and creation to heal from some of the pollutants that are normally around. There is so much good and positivity coming from this time.

However, in saying this I am aware that some people are really finding this time away from family and friends very difficult, some people are unwell, facing surgery and treatment and some have themselves or have loved ones who have had or got the coronavirus. We remember them in our prayers
and give thanks for all who work in the NHS, especially those we know from KMC.
We also give thanks for all those having to continue to work as essential staff; we are grateful. I actually stood outside to clap the dustbin men the other morning, I think they were pleased, although I got some strange looks!
We pray too for all funeral directors, especially Barri, Ann, David Hill and all the staff. We pray for those under financial strain and for those worried about their jobs.
None of us know how long this will continue, but I suspect for some time yet, I hope we will continue to be creative in the way we care for each other and do Church together. If, as you read this, you need help
and support please call me on 07816 308505 or 01565 633276.
Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, A very present
help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even
though the earth be removed, and though the
waters roar and be troubled, though the
mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river
whose streams make glad the city of God. The
Holy place of the tabernacle of the most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
He uttered His voice the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is
our refuge.
AMEN

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®.

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