Letter from the Superintendent   24th August 2020

Dear Friends,


I'm glad to be writing to you again after such a long break. I apologise for my sudden absence, which as you know, was due to fracturing my hip. Thank you to those who sent messages, cards and gifts. It was much appreciated. I began by replying to everyone individually, but then found I couldn't really do that and rest at the same time, so I hope this general ' thank you' will suffice.  I am back in work today but am still unable to sit, so this causes me some problems, but I will do my best! My therapy is three walks a day, so my dog is enjoying helping me with my recovery! 

It's my pleasure to share good news with you in this letter. Three of our trainee Local Preachers have been working hard during lockdown and have passed the next parts of their courses. So well done to Benjamin Harry, Robert Taylor and Sandy Kennedy. With these results plus the success of our YouTube services, I think we can say that we've got something positive to take from the lockdown experience in terms of our worship resources. 

Another piece of good news is that Rev Chellaian Lawrence has arrived in the Circuit ready to take up his work as part of the ministerial team. His Welcome service will be on the YouTube channel at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st September. We look forward to meeting up and welcoming face to face in due course. 

I know we can't sing together at the moment, but I've got a few hymn thoughts I want to share. The first is from an old favourite:

 

Through all the changing scenes of life

In trouble and in joy,

The praises of my God shall still

My heart and tongue employ

 

We've been through several changing scenes recently, including bereavement, house moves, furloughs, job losses and job changes, the chaos of exam results and many other things. The scenes of our lives have been changing faster than we could have imagined and when we do meet up, we might feel that we are different people from before. But let's hold on to the one thing that unites us in every changing scene, namely our faith in God. May God continue to hold us together whatever happens 

 

Stay safe and stay in touch.

Yours in Christ,

Helen.