First Good News – Sunday 7th June 2020

Hi again everyone. Thanks again for your photos and news. Here’s this week’s selection…Walks at beautiful Orlock, down at the harbour and amongst the bluebells and primroses:

  

Puzzling jigsaw puzzles and the making of face coverings:

  

Pressed flowers from the garden made into pictures and a homemade birthday card…

    

This week we took some tentative steps regarding opening the church for folks to return envelopes and have an opportunity for prayer within the sanctuary. This involved much thought, discussion, and prayer on the part of Kirk Session. In line with all current guidelines some things may seem strange and different in church, including the provision of hand sanitiser, face coverings and disposable gloves, social distancing and a one-way system:

  

But many things also remain the same: our love for God and our desire to honour and serve Him, the importance of prayer, familiar faces, the friendship and fellowship we enjoy….

…..and while we long for the day when we will be able to come together as a fellowship in our beautiful and much-loved church building, we know the ‘church’ is a people and not a place. (It is planned to open again in a few weeks.) These words from a familiar hymn capture it so well:

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
Singing their thanks for joy on this day.
The Church is wherever disciples of Jesus
Remember His story and walk in His way.

The Church is wherever God’s people are helping,
Caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The Church is wherever God’s people are sharing
The words of the Bible in gift and in deed.
Carol Rose Ikeler

And always remember, while we must keep our (social) distance, God never keeps His: ‘I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.’ Psalm 16:8