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KEEPING IN TOUCH
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices. My body shall also dwell in safety.                                                                            Psalm 16:8-9

JUNE 2020

WE MISS YOU

Hello, another month in lockdown, but restrictions are easing a little. Let’s hope and pray that if everyone is careful that this virus won’t spike again. I am sure like me you want to be able to mix with your family and friends again. It is such a strange world we are living in at the moment.

I hope that you are enjoying watching the Morning Service on BBC 1. You have to pay attention to the times because they do keep altering it. I have enjoyed ‘Songs of Praise’ especially, because as you know I like a good sing.

I am also blessed being on the internet because I can watch and listen to Malcolm. Karen posts his thought for the day on Sunday and Wednesday. Also Rev. Paul conducts a live service every Sunday afternoon at 2pm from his kitchen. It has been great for those who have the technology to engage with each other through this time. But I am very mindful of those who haven’t been able to take part and might be feeling very excluded and cut off. Please be assured you are not forgotten.

 

 

EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

The month of May has passed by very quickly for me. As most of you know we have 2 dogs to walk and a very old cat, who is quite demanding at times. Allan and I have enjoyed this beautiful weather with some glorious walks over the local fields. We have seen Hares, Red Kites, Buzzards, Grass snakes, Muntjac Deer, a Cuckoo, little Egret, green woodpeckers and Greater Spotted woodpecker and yesterday huge Carp spawning in the old gravel pits. We have also seen a lot of different types of dragonflies and damselflies, geese, ducks with their young and Grebe with young. Allan has never been so busy with his camera. Our Countryside is very beautiful, the trees are magnificent. There are lots of wild flowers and orchids in woods. I think it has been a bumper year for nature, I wish I was able to share some of the photos with you all. I am sure that you too are enjoying your garden, watching things start to grow and flower, lots of people are growing vegetables this year. We are very blessed to live in this village and have all the wonderful Countryside.

Some of you may not be aware that in partnership with the Parish Council the village has 2 Village Community Larders. One holds books and DVDs and the other has food and cleaning supplies. All free to those who are in need. They are placed in the old telephone boxes in Silver Street and Western Road. People in this village have been wonderfully kind and generous.

The more you give, the more you get. The more you laugh, the less you fret. The more you do unselfishly, the more you live abundantly. The more of everything you share, The more you’ll always have to spare.                  Helen Stainer-Rice

75th Anniversary of VE Day

I thought I would update you on our little get together in Bowers Close for the VE Day celebration. We had big Union Jack flags and banners and small flags flying so we all looked the part. It was great to sit outside in our front gardens and chat with most of our neighbours, Talking about the village and old times and also our families etc…Apparently there was a number of celebrations going on throughout the village and a few people with vintage cars displayed them for anyone who was out for a little walk on that Friday. One thing that has happened because of this lockdown is that people are more friendly and chatty. Lets hope and pray for this to continue.

Never stop praying                                         1 Thessalonians 5:17


Pentecost – Come Holy Spirit

Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.                                                                                Acts 2:2

PRAYERS

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.

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

Pray for National church leaders, that they might be given opportunities to share their faith more openly.

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

Pray for all 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 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.

THANKS & NEWS

Thanks everyone for continuing to keep in touch with one another, with phone calls, cards, letters. You are doing a great job. Pauline has been wonderful phoning around especially keeping in touch with those living alone. This has been appreciated. Val and Geoff have been amazing continuing to send cards and visit on doorsteps, when Val’s health enables them to do so.

I continue to check the church, for insurance purposes. The new heaters in the church have been fitted, so hopefully this winter we will notice the difference. Some DIY painting work has been undertaken. The church grounds are in need of some extra work. Martin continues to cut grass, but the garden is very over grown and untidy in places. I think we will have to address this problem when we return to church.

I hope you have found the time to make a list of all the things you can be thankful for during this time.

Sadly I have to tell you if you haven’t heard that dear (coffee morning) Eileen has died. She managed to return to Valentine House, but unfortunately she didn’t improve as they had hoped. I sent Carol, her daughter a card from the fellowship. She is very touched that we are thinking and praying for the family. Her funeral service has taken place, but please do remember the family in your prayers.

Also Beryl was taken into hospital after having several falls. Karl her son phoned to let me know that she is now in Madelayne Court in Chelmsford being assessed. It is very hard because Karl is unable to visit his mum. Please remember them.

Can I ask you to pray for a little girl called Imelda, who has some very complex needs. Ann Clarke from Rivenhall church is raising money for therapy for Imelda. This cost the family over 7,000 a year. Ann has shaved her hair off as a fundraiser. If you would like to help Imelda, Margaret Martin is organising this in Silver End.

Remember too, our own 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. It has been very tough on the whole family.

We have some folk who are struggling with their health. Brenda had a very bad fall 6 weeks ago cracking a rib and bruising which has made breathing difficult. Val continues to be in continuous pain with her back which effects her mobility, she too has had some falls and finds sitting very uncomfortable. Others will remain nameless but are suffering acute pain with backs, knees, hands and nosebleeds. Some are waiting for hospital appointments or calls from consultants.