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Monday Bulletin - 1st June

I trust that you are all keeping safe and well and that you have been able to enjoy the good weather. What a blessing it has been for us. It seems extraordinary that we have now completed two full months in lockdown and that with this new month of June the summer is now upon us. I wonder what your abiding memories and reflections are of these last couple of months. What have you learnt about yourself, about the world, about God I wonder? I find myself feeling conflicted about a number of things at the moment – not least the fact that for myself and my family this whole lockdown experience has brought many blessings as we’ve enjoyed time together, catching up with each other and getting to know this lovely part of the country on our walks and bike rides. In that sense, for us this has been a good time. BUT . . . for others known to us this has been an awful time as they’ve lost family or friends to illness, faced financial hardship and battled with their own sense of well-being and mental health. So, I do feel conflicted and even guilty at times as I try to analyse my own emotions and reactions in the midst of something so extraordinary and unprecedented. Maybe, we all do! One thing is absolutely certain - this whole experience has and will change us all.

Sue Potter sent me this a few weeks ago and I share it with you now. I have found it helpful and encouraging in finding some sort of perspective in all this. It's untitled and by Kitty O'Meara, a retired teacher and chaplain.

And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and
rested, and exercised, and made art,
and played games, and learned new
ways of being, and were still. And
listened more deeply. Some
meditated, some prayed, some
danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began
to think differently.

And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living
in ignorant, dangerous, mindless
and heartless ways
the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made
new choices, and dreamed new
images, and created new ways to live
and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.

Updates:

- No further news yet about when we can use our church buildings again. I will keep people informed as soon as I am aware of any further changes.

- A big thank you to David spencer and Ruth Williams for helping us to engage so well with ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ over these last ten days.

- Through June we will be engaging with the Diocesan initiative ‘Generous June’. The strap line reads, ‘Our aim is to join together across our many varied cultures, traditions and contexts, to share in developing our understanding of God’s generosity, and how it can influence all aspects of our day to day lives’. I’ll keep you updated about resources etc.

- The ‘Eco-Church’ committee had its first Zoom meeting and we were all very encouraged.

James

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