Bulletin – 25th March 2020

Church Bulletin

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46.v10) In these times of enforced stillness for some, it is still easy to lose sight of that great truth. Our God remains Sovereign over the universe. At the best of times, many of us feel that life is out of control. But now, for pretty much all of us, we feel we can’t control whatever’s going to happen next. The government will issue directives that massively change our daily lives, but the government itself must wait for the daily reports of increased corona related deaths with the same feeling of helplessness as the rest of us. So, in the stillness, rather than focus on all the things we might be anxious about, let’s remind ourselves of this great truth: He is God!

Church Service

As last Sunday, we will be posting a service on the church website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ on Sun 29th. You can watch at any time, but we would encourage you if you can (and what else could you be doing!) to watch it at 10 a.m. You should click on the link at the top of the right-hand column, and it should take you to the service. Do let us know if you had or have any technical problems and we will try and help you.

Prayer resources

Please find attached further prayer resources provided by Lesley

Simple forms of prayer

Staffing

Our two employees are faring rather differently in the face of the lockdown. We have regrettably been forced to lay off Emma Wildman, our Youth Worker, since It’s not possible to do youth work without seeing young people. Emma will be paid in full during this period, and we hope to be able to recoup 80% of her salary further down the line via the government scheme. She will return to work as soon as social distancing comes to an end. Meanwhile, Julie Crow, our administrator, is working extraordinarily hard, and I would like to pay tribute to her for all that she does to keep us going.

Food shopping

We have a large bank of volunteers keen to help with shopping. We have only received a couple of requests for help so far, so there is plenty of capacity. Do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847. You can do this for yourself or on behalf of a neighbour/friend/family member. You may not need this now, but if you find yourself self-isolating later on, or the family member you have been depending on to get your food is self-isolating, don’t hesitate to get in touch

Signs of Life

Some of you will have heard me refer to the signs of life that become apparent during Spring in last Sunday’s sermon. The Vicarage pond has been providing further evidence.         I looked out of my study window the other day and saw two remarkable things. First, a great stirring of the water that turned out to be frogs mating en masse. Second, I planted a heron on the bank at the far side of the pond last summer (a plastic one to deter real ones). With the rains, he disappeared last month. However, the other day, I saw something moving in the water this side of the pond and when I investigated, it was the heron with just its head and beak above water. Life (I promise you) will go on

APCM

Inevitably, the APCM that was scheduled for 20th April has been cancelled and is likely to happen now in September. This means that if you had been asked to provide a report, but haven’t got around to doing it yet, you can leave it for now.

News updates

It is our hope to send this bulletin out three times a week at 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We hope to post something to our brothers and sisters who don’t have emails on a weekly basis.

And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world

I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees,

Of skies and seas – HIS hand the wonders wrought.

 

This is my Father’s world,

The birds their carols raise, the morning light,

The lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world

He shines in all that’s fair, in the rustling grass

I hear HIM pass, HE spoke to me everywhere.

 

This is my Father’s world,

O LET ME NEVER FORGET, that though the wrong

Seems oft so strong, GOD IS THE RULER YET!

This is my Father’s world

THE BATTLE IS NOT DONE, JESUS WHO DIED

SHALL BE SATISFIED, and earth and heaven be one.

 

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for the inspiring words of this hymn