Just as we were beginning to get back to some sort of normality this Covid19 hits us once again! I would like to give thanks and count my blessings for the few weeks of respite that we have been able to enjoy, catching up with family members and friends and enjoying each other’s company once more.
With campsites open, Dave and I have been able to get away in our motorhome and enjoy some wonderful coastal walks in Wales, North Cornwall and Devon. We were walking the coastal path from Ladrum Bay into Sidmouth and I was reminiscing and bringing to mind the wonderful Church Family weekends we enjoyed at Sidholme and Brunel Manor, what fun and fellowship we shared! the great company, lovely food, the impromptu “talent shows” and the special times of worship, knitting us together as a Church Family.
Of course my memories were also tinged with sadness as many of those beloved ones are no longer with us physically today, but nevertheless remain with us in our hearts and minds and I give thanks for sharing my life with so many wonderful people.
Our Church is now open once more and many of us are able to attend services, join in on Zoom or watch the Podcast recording in our own homes. The shops and supermarkets are easier to negotiate and we can have a meal out and go to the pub (if we want to). Children are back to school and people are working again. A lot to give thanks for.
However I am very much aware that so many of our Church Family members are not able to enjoy this liberation; those in Care Homes who are still only allowed visits in the garden, those with infirmities and underlying conditions that inhibit them from mixing outside of their “Bubble”. We have many members who are waiting for hospital procedures and operations which will no doubt be delayed once again causing anxiousness and concern.
We are so fortunate to have a very good handbook of our faith and we are reminded in Philippians 2: 4. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. And inGalations 6: 10. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. So as we go forward in the coming months and possibly into the New Year let us act on, 1 Thessalonians 5: 11 Encouraging one another, and building one another up, just as we are doing.
Rev. Rachel, Elena, the Pastoral Team and myself are on the end of a phone and some us can do “Doorstep” visits and following Data Protection Protocol we can put you in touch with Church Family friends, so if you are feeling a bit low and want a chat or a visit please get in touch.
My number is 620870, love and blessings Kathy G.