Good morning, it looks like another beautiful morning out there, and I thought, while the house was still quiet (children are asleep) I would compose and send this weeks notices. I don't have a great deal to share with you this week. Whilst the children and I where busy jump starting our little car yesterday morning, Helen joined in the virtual coffee morning from the driving seat of the other car. It sounds like they all had a lot of fun, so if you haven't been attending do drop in on next weeks. If you don't have the contact details let me know and I will share.
I hope you are finding in these quiet moments time for reflection and practicing that art, that I have not mastered of sitting in a state of prayer. Have to say our house is seldom peaceful :-) I know many of you will be reading the news and be concerned about developments at home, and indeed overseas. Even this will pass, and believe it or not there are many signs of hope in the chaos, from vaccine trials, community spirit, sacrifice, a re-generating planet to slowly reducing case loads and reducing fatalities. There are signs this might be the end of the beginning (yes I know I just badly quoted Churchill, sorry!) The point is it's really easy to focus on the negatives and let them absorb us, the trick is to find each and every positive and dwell more on those.
Right, enough waffle have a week filled with peace and above all stay home, and stay safe!!
God bless you at this time!
Remember the God of the universe is in command, even of this!
Please remember you can get these notices via our notices blog on this page of our website: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/notices-blog so if you don't get this email do check there, anytime.
It would be lovely to be able to share any thoughts, poems, ideas you have via these notices so do send me anything I can circulate each week to keep our spirits up!
Tristan is busy uploading this week's service but when it has been uploaded I will place a link on the videos page below. Check back there to find it....
You can get all our previous services via this web page also: http://www.elburtonmethodist.org.uk/index.php/video-services
Dawn has started a small space outside the Church for folks to share books, games, toys etc. Please do help yourself but remember to give things a clean when you get home, and only pick up/drop off during your regulation one trip out a day, but you knew that :-)
A sad farewell
As many of you will know we have had to say a distant but none the less love filled farewell to Mary this week. It's reassuring to know that Simon was able to conduct the funeral even if it was a reduced gathering of close family only. The fact of it seems all the sadder for us not being able to mourn with her family. However, I also know they are aware of just how much love and compassion has poured out to them from the cards and messages they have received. We as a Church may not have been physically there but we have been present with them at this time in spirit.
I wonder if at this time I could ask you to join me in praying for those in care homes, particularly around Plymouth. I know of a number of people in homes, as do you, some of you read this, so hello to you, our love to you ! One I know of, my former Sunday school teacher, is in a home where the infection is now present. Prayers for him and all those affected would be welcome today.
Julia has asked me to share the item below for all those in Messy Church.....
Hi 'Messy' friends. I hope this message finds everybody well and staying Safe. Hopefully also taking advantage of this lovely weather.
Have recently done a couple of craft projects for the children to complete at home over Easter. I thought it might be nice as a Team, to see if anyone else can come up with a craft, for the children to again complete at home. i.e. Something we can display in the Church front window, complete with items required etc and instructions for completetion or similar.
I would also like, as a Team, to raise some money for the NHS. I have recently made 100 Rainow🌈 & Cross ✝️ bracelets to sell for £1 each. The bracelets are now pre-packaged in re-sealable bags, ready to sell. They can be dropped through a letter box and then payment preferably £1 coin can received. Payment(s) can be left on front steps or an alternative if previously discussed and agreed.
If this proves to be popular, I am willing to make more. I'm hoping to raise £150.00 plus.
Love in Kindness. Stay Safe. Julia xx