Weekly message – Sunday 5 July

Dear friends,

Rosemary Richter

When I was a hospital chaplain one of the joys people would describe to me was that of being able to get out of bed for the first time and stand to clean their teeth. One of the main bugbears for people was that their hair felt awful and they needed it cut and washed. It’s amazing the things you miss when you haven’t been able to do them! I know how they feel!

But oh joy – I have a dental check-up this week, and a haircut booked for next! I will have to enter the scary world of temperature checks and masks. Arriving exactly on time will be a new experience for me, as I like to be early. I always build in contingencies for road works, car breakdown, etc.

So much so that our family lore contains the story of the family member who nearly missed a Eurostar train because they thought my arranged meeting time was too far ahead – they forgot about having to go through passport control and the check-in! As I could truthfully say they were on a train held up at a signal, a nice check-in person allowed them to get in by the skin of their teeth.

Getting back to normal things is quite scary for people at the moment. We have to be sensible and keep following rules that are meant for our well-being. A Bible verse to take with us, whatever we’re experiencing, is from Isaiah 41 v.10:

So do not fear, for I am with you;
   do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
   I will uphold you …

At the time of writing we have had some guidance, but have not had time to discuss it all yet, but people are working hard to enable us to confirm the time of re-opening for our church.

Every blessing,


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