We are going to the zoo on Thursday! When I booked holiday for the third week of June several months ago, our expectation was that we would be spending out time in Wales at our home there. But since the police are apparently shooting anyone who tries to cross the Welsh border, this is not going to happen. We are forced to take our holiday pleasures elsewhere. So it’s John Lewis on Monday (no prizes for guessing which of us voted for that trip) and Twycross Zoo on Thursday. I am not a fan of animals in cages, but I am a fan of animals. I pray that they will serve as a reminder that the God who took care to rescue the animals at the beginning of the flood is the same God who placed a rainbow in the sky; the rainbow that has become the symbol of everything good about our response to the corona crisis.
We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray. We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it. If you would like to find out more, please contact Lesley Lee at email@example.com
To Elizabeth Shelton who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday; and to Selina Toor who has passed her course and is now a fully qualified teacher!
For your prayers
Please pray for baby Joshua, a great grandson for Brian & Barbara Warner, born this week 10 weeks premature and for Mike Lynch who remains in hospital while they struggle to get his sodium levels under control. Give thanks that Jackie was able to see him on her birthday.
Thanks to all those who have volunteered to prayer walk the streets of Allesley Green and Eastern Green. All streets in have now been claimed, which is a fantastic effort. You only need to walk the street once any day in June. Don’t forget to let us know when you have done your praying!
Opening the Church
Although we are still waiting for full guidance from the Church of England, it is our intention that the church should open for private prayer on Thursdays and Sundays during daylight hours. If you take advantage of this (as we hope many will), please observe all guidelines strictly. These will be posted prominently at the entrance; and include ensuring you stay 2m distance from anyone else using the church; using hand sanitizer on the way in and the way out; and sitting only in designated seats. As announced on Wednesday, it will be possible for us to host funerals (but no other service) from Monday, but numbers attending will be restricted to 12.
It’s not too late to read our latest book group recommendation: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. We will be discussing this on Monday 22nd at 7.30 via zoom. The link for this will be published next week. Any questions should be referred to Sue Masters.
Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday next week from Mon through to Sun inclusive. Any queries or concerns should be addressed to Julie at the church office or to the churchwardens.
A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help. A couple of days’ notice would be helpful. Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of the wonderful hymn:
Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is HATRED Let me bring LOVE;
Where there is INJURY, Your PARDON Lord;
And where there is DOUBT, True FAITH in you.