WE MISS YOU ALL
Dear friends, I hope you are well and in good spirits.
I thought I would keep you informed about what is happening regarding the church.
As you are probably aware, churches are now able to open, subject to strict safety conditions being met. Our church Diaconate met last Saturday to discuss our situation, and decide on what the best and safest way forward will be for our folk. Therefore we have decided to stay CLOSED for the time being. With the current guidelines it was felt we would be putting unfair pressure on you to attend services at this time.
We are planning to meet again at the end of August to see how things are going regarding this Covid 19 Pandemic.
We do thank Malcolm for all he is doing making the Cd’s enabling all to participate in this different way of Worship. I know many of you are enjoying listening to them and the radio or watching Christian programmes on TV. Did you know that you can listen to Premier Christian Radio on your TV on channel 725. It can be very uplifting and interesting.
THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
Another month has passed by very quickly, and things regarding the lockdown have changed considerable since our last news letter. People returning to work and some children back in school. Of course for many there are still restrictions and worries about the future and what is going to happen and how it will affect our lives and our community here in Silver End. I don’t know about you but I have felt very low at times over this past month. Due to this pandemic, the news coverage which is frankly endless and just seems to go on and on and makes people so fearful and depressed. I feel I am out of step with the majority of people in this current situation. My faith is strong and I feel that I am in the Lord’s hands whatever happens. I am happy to take care and be mindful of others, and get on with living. I feel very sad for so many people who find themselves in situations that are life changing and different from all they knew, just 6 months ago. I am sustained by a faithful God, Which brings to mind that wonderful hymn. Great is Thy faithfulness’ …… last verse Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
I have found hymns a great source of encouragement over this last month. Allan and I are very fortunate being able to get out and about. The Lord encourages me when I am surrounded by the beauty of nature. We have ventured out a bit further afield as well as locally this past month. Mainly the places we go are walking along the Blackwater Canal or visits to Chalkney Wood all in search of butterflies and dragonflies as Allan keeps records of what is seen year on year. We spent a lovely afternoon in Suffolk. Our first stop was Woodbridge by the river Deben, watching the Wading birds feeding in the mud. We wandered around a nature reserve with Allan camera inhand, just marvelling at the loveliest dog roses so delicate and full of nectar for the busy bees and insects. They were quite stunning, so simple but so beautiful. We travelled on to Sutton Heath where we strolled over heath and woodland. Allan saw a Hobby, but was unable to get a photo. We were entertained by 2 helicopters a Chinook and Apache, it was quite fun watching them circle around. It is amazing how manoeuvrable these great big machines are. We travelled on a bit further to Bawdsey. How beautiful! We just sat on the sea wall watching the sea and the big cargo ships in and out of Felixstowe and the boats sailing up the river to Woodbridge. We finished off with a wonderful stroll along the river Deben. My heart was just singing. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, the power throughout the universe displayed; Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, how great Thou art….…How Great Thou art!
We were very reluctant to come home, I felt so blessed and spiritually lifted. Haven’t we all been very blessed in our own ways, just enjoying simple pleasures and things we take for granted has helped everyone through this extraordinary time.
HYMNS…..are such a blessing and singing just lifts the soul. We may not be allowed to sing at church or anywhere out in public but we can still sing in our homes, I can recommend doing it whether you think you can sing or not. It makes you smile!
For the beauty of the earth..…
For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Father unto You we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
PRAYERS Still very relevant