Hello Colin here again – with greetings from Geoff & Stephen
I begin by thanks for ‘bearing with’ all these ramblings. I do appreciate those who take the time to respond, and those that feed in thoughts & ideas. Keep them coming. I was going to wind these weekly emails down and return to monthly’s, but I sense that now is not the right moment as I suspect that for some, the regular contact provides a certain recognition that the wider family is out there and concerned.
As ever please feel no pressure to make your way through all of this. I was chatting with one minister this week who noted that they were inundated with things to read / advice etc and it could all be a bit overwhelming. I certainly don’t wish to add to that pile that can so easily become a burden rather than a blessing. One can also so easily end up feeling low-level panic/ pressure from all that Joe Bloggs down the road is doing, rather than sensing what God is calling YOU to right now and focusing on that. I can hear Geoff encouraging us to prioritise being ‘attentive to God’ – and while that sounds simple, if you are like me, you still find it hard to do. One of the gifts of this season for those who are not on the frontline is that we have an opportunity to do just that.
I have mentioned that I am finding the Pod Cast by Adrian & Bridget Plass a great way to start the day, spiritual wisdom mixed with a very soothing delivery and gentle humour. And followed by the more earnest Pray as you go, which seems a good balance. In Friday’s edition Adrian told one of his lovely stories and finished with ‘and when you are in the middle of a storm (and staying in a tent), hammer in your tent pegs’. I was struck by that. It got me thinking about what are the things that I need to hold on to right now? I don’t just mean abstract truths, but also memories, people, practices, roots etc. Those things that have ‘held’ me in the past, that have fed, loved and nurtured me. The encouragement is to bash them even more firmly into the ground, so that when the storm comes … SO, a question for you - “What are your tent pegs?” Answers on a postcard.
Lastly, I have produced another video – word + song (entitle ‘hold out’) To access this please go to https://youtu.be/F3PFpbQiHmg . If you want just the song go to https://youtu.be/u7uTCXBx5JU
I suspect the way I have produced the song will make you smile If you feel it encourages, please share with your congregations.
In pride of place a message from Carol Murray – so brilliant to receive this from her. Please do continue to pray
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your love, support and care since January. Now that I am home I am having time to reflect on what has happened and all your prayers, thoughts, cards, messages and visits. They have all been fantastic. Thank you again.
Among the many messages and prayers has been the reminder of God's holding and faithfulness which has been so important to me to cling onto, and that continues in these very strange times we all find ourselves in.
As I continue to improve I am also pondering about the future and what is in store. I don't know as yet but I want to assure you of my desire to continue to serve you as your Moderator to the best of my ability.
Thank you once again and may God bless you and keep you in the palm of God's hands.
And so onto yet an another pick’n’mix list of sometimes useful info.
Sarah Crane (Lead Chaplain MK University Hospital) “This week is Dying Matters Week. It's more important than ever that those who are bereaved have the support they need. This new helpline, championed by the "The Good Grief Trust" is available to offer telephone support to those bereaved during the Covid-19 outbreak.” https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/ Online service plannerhttps://churchserviceplanner.co.uk/
From the Fresh Expressions fold … DISTRIBUTED CHURCH: A SERIES OF WEBINARS WITH MIKE MOYNAGH exploring key themes from contextual mission & the lessons they offer to the wider church beyond lockdown
CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service, supporting children and young people. Some useful leaflets on their web site http://chums.uk.com/ + other info
Coronavirus (COVID–19) Guidance for Families Who May Not Be Able to Attend A Funeral
Telling A Child / Young Person Someone Has Died from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Breaking the News to Children and Young People When Someone is Seriously ill With Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Baptist Insurance Company: Staying up-to-date during COVID-19
There is a range of resources, links to helpful advice and updates from ourselves on the Baptist Insurance website regarding COVID-19.
"We’re still here if you need us so please get in touch in the usual way."
Find out more https://www.baptist-insurance.co.uk/coronavirus/
Finally, a longer list of what some churches are doing on a Sunday