First Good News – Sunday 3rd May 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again: Rejoice!’ Philippians 4:4

HELLO! I asked you to email me your lockdown news and all you’ve been up to – thanks so much to everyone who replied – here’s a selection:

  • Lots of you have been gardening during the gloriously sunny days of April.
  • Many miles have been walked on the Warren Road, Millisle Road and round the lighthouse, and well done those who have managed even a short walk around the house or garden – every little helps!
  • Some have restarted old hobbies or have planned to take up new ones – paint and easel have been mentioned and a craft project for a patchwork piece depicting life at home during lockdown.
  • Many roof spaces and garages have been cleared.
  • Some apartment dwellers are getting to know their neighbours even better via daily coffee and chat across the balcony.
  • In one household garden furniture has had an impressive makeover:

  • In another a cuddly toy making kit has been purchased and the knitting needles have been taken up – the bunny below is sporting his new knitted jumper!

  • You’ve been out and about taking photos of the stunning hedgerows:

  • And the harbour in calm and stormy weather:

  • You’ve been cooking and baking – with some successes and some disasters:

Definitely a success. Yum! Yum!

  • You’ve been doing jigsaws:

  • Stargazing for meteor showers, learning how to use zoom and FaceTime, watching services online:

  • Some have been working – I hear the cars at Downeys in N’Ards are gleaming!

  • Taking up hairdressing: (Are you taking bookings?)

  • You’ve been cycling and there are rumours of bowls being practised on the carpet, tennis up against the wall and golf in the back garden (who could that be?):

Some ‘breaking’ news: Elizabeth Dalzell has unfortunately fractured her arm. The good news is Sandy is acting as Master Chef and has become rather good at ironing! Sandy did want to mention how grateful he and Elizabeth have been for the kindness they have experienced from hospital staff, family and friends – all very much appreciated.

I’ve been chatting to some folks on the phone and all in all everyone is managing very well. Do remember in your prayers some in the congregation who are not too well or who are finding these days stressful. Keep sending me your photos and ideas and I’ll keep putting together ‘Good News’. It’s a great opportunity to encourage each other and every day remember,

‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances…’

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18