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KEEPING IN TOUCH
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’                      Isaiah. 40:29-31

JULY 2020

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

Pray for the Government, especially Boris Johnson and the cabinet as they try to work their way through this crisis.

Pray for all church leaders, that they might be given opportunities to share their faith more openly. We give thanks that churches can Broadcast freely in many ways at this time.

Pray for all schools preparing to receive children back into the classrooms, from September. Please take away the fear that many are feeling. We pray that all will be kept safe

Pray for all Key Workers and NHS and Care Home workers. Remember all those in hospital suffering from this virus and those who have lost their loved ones. Also all patients whose treatment is on hold during this serious time. Pray too for Scientists who are working tirelessly to finds ways to help and hopefully stop this virus spreading.

Pray for families and those struggling to home school their children.

Pray for those who have been made redundant from their jobs. It is very worrying for families with mortgages and debts and wondering just what they are going to do.

Lord of the Church, please send Christians into our village to share the gospel; that many men women and children might know You as Saviour and Lord.

Lord we pray for Jo’s brother who has ‘planted’ a new church in a coastal town called Torre del Mar in Spain, It is a leap in faith but all is going well so far.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer

  

THANKS & NEWS

Thanks everyone for continuing to keep in touch with one another, with phone calls, cards, letters. You are doing a great job. The Church building may be closed…but the Church is still active and alive!

We continue to check the church building and grounds. We thank Martin and Duncan the church neighbour for keeping the grass and hedges cut and looking as tidy as possible. We have had a couple of issues with an overflow pipe from the disabled toilet Also a problem has occurred with the gas after having the boilers serviced. Nothing dangerous and it is not the churches problem, but we have to get the gas company to come out and fix the problem. So for safety sake the gas has been turned off at the church whilst it is not being used.

I hope you have been making a list of all the things you can be thankful for? It is often the small things around us that touch us. Recently just looking up into the sky and marvelling at the cloud formations or the swifts darting and calling as they swirl around, this can transport me away from all the negative news that is a constant. I love music too! It can take you to a different place and music always lifts me when I feel down.

Sadly I think most of you know that our dear friend Beryl has died. It was unexpected although she hadn’t been quite herself for a few days. Karl said she died peacefully in her sleep. It has been very hard for him, not being able to visit her during her time in Madelayne Court. Please remember Karl in your prayers, as the days go by, grief can hit hard. He would value our love and support. Beryl’s funeral is on the 17th July at Three Counties at 10.30am. Karl of course is not sure of how many people will be allowed to attend, but I know that many of you will sit quietly and think of Beryl on that day. I will write a tribute to Beryl, next time.

Ann Clarke from Rivenhall is producing a News Sheet every week, unfortunately it is only sent to people by email, but it is good to know what is happening in other places. St. Francis is now open every Sunday Morning between 10-11am for quiet prayer. There are strict guidelines to follow, but you can be assured of a very warm welcome from Ruth (socially distant of course) There is a possibility that they may commence services towards the end of July.

Please Continue to Remember little Elsie and the family. They have been shut away for many, many weeks with Elsie being so vulnerable. Marie and Jamie have been amazing over all these weeks. They are now able to go out a little, taking care not to do anything that will put them at risk. This has been a difficult time for so many.  Please keep all our fellowship in your prayers. Thank you