MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

2020

 

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Revd Gary Gotham
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10 -16 MAY

 

'HOW MUCH MORE'

 

Words John Gowans : Music John Larsson : 

Sung by The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army

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Contributions from Ann King   (Thank you Ann)

 

RAMBLES AND REFLECTIONS

28.6.20

 

 

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RAMBLES AND REFLECTIONS

28.6.20

 

 

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THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER

12.6.20

 

 

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RAMBLES

 

1st SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

19.6.20

 

 

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TRINITY SUNDAY

7.6.20

 

 

 

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RAMBLES & REFLECTIONS

 

1st SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

14.6.20

 

 

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MORE REFLECTIONS IN ISOLATION

23.5.20

 

 

 

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RAMBLES & REFLECTIONS

31.5.20

 

 

 

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REFLECTIONS

24.4.20

 

Isolation Tree in Potterne field

 

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REFLECTIONS IN ISOLATION

2.5.20

 

       

18 March                           2 May 

 

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THE STORY BEHIND THE HYMN

'HOW GREAT THOU ART'

 

Eyam Plague Cottage

 

 

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ISOLATION

 

St James Church, Stert

 

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What if?....

If they cancel the rest of the school year, students will miss months of education.

Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education...

 

But what if...

What if instead of falling “behind", this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this?

 

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.

 

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet?

 

What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

 

What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?

 

What if they learn to stretch money and to live with less?

 

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home?

 

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?

 

What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?

 

What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?

What if they are AHEAD?

~ Author unknown

 

 

 

Some of you will remember Jill and Adrian Lovett, now living in 

Cranleigh, Surrey, but planning to move to Petworth.

Jill's poem certainly captures our thoughts & feelings on the current situation concerning the Corona virus pandemic

Sweeping this earth at a frightening pace
It is no respecter of country or race.
A silent attacker; it’s feared - yet unseen.
And makes “Life” a shadow of what it has been.

 

Has God lost control or does He not care?
Is He not attentive to everyone’s prayer?
No, not at all - the whole world’s in His Hands
His love reaches down to all men and all lands!

 

We feel sad and lonely, cut off from our friends
And family too keep away ‘til this ends
But God’s with us always - He ISN’T a crutch!
If you call Him, He’ll answer - He loves you so much!

 

The Lord is all knowing, so powerful and true
He shares in your pain, He knows ALL about you.
His ways, so mysterious, we can’t understand
But look - all around are the works of His Hand!

 

 

 

The sun will still shine and the rain it will fall
Traffic noise lessens - we hear the birds’ call
Already we’re hearing pollution is less -
Just wait and you’ll see all the ways He will bless!

 

It’s a time we can move so much closer to Him
If we ask, He’ll give peace - fill us up to the brim
Remember He’s Lord - He created the earth
Seek, and you’ll find an amazing re-birth!

 

We took things for granted - in days that are past
Now there are changes; how long will they last?
But God NEVER changes - He’s always the same
He’ll bring us safe through if we call on His Name!

 

 

Jill Lovett 21 March 2020

 

 

 

 

Home for good

 

Last year in the South West more than 8,000 children came into care. Also,  last year in May, 42 people gave £10,000 to across funder to give away a thousand copies of the book “ Home for good” to people exploring foster or adoption in the coming year.

 

Claire Walker, the South West Regional officer for Home for Good, a Christian charity working to find  homes for every child who needs one,  led a morning for many of us from churches in the Wiltshire and Swindon. She explored the Biblical basis for Christian involvement in caring for such children, with Biblical quotes such as Deuteronomy 10:18 “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow”,  Psalm 82:3”Give justice to the weak and fatherless”, James 1:27 “ visit orphans and widows in their affliction”.  There are 42 orphans directly mentioned in the Old Testament and concern for the widow and orphan is a recurring theme. Claire went on to explain that she was very much aware of the special needs of vulnerable children and their families. She would love the church to be more proactive in recognising its role in caring for the most vulnerable children in our communities.

 

Did you know that 109 children go into care every day?  That’s one child every 15 minutes.  These statistics could be overwhelming but Claire went on to emphasise what is trying to be done to alleviate the situation.  Owing to the commitment of people, children can be placed in a loving, caring home in the short or long term.  It is possible that these children may go back to their birth parents, but it is equally that they may not.  Then wheels have to be put in motion for a permanent home.  This produces an in-depth process of research for the appropriate adoptive parents. Obviously the more children in a family, the more the challenge. This is also true for children with disabilities. We will also recognise that the older the children, the harder it will be to place them.

 

We are highly likely to have prospective or actual adoptees or fosterers in our congregations. Have we things in place for this?  We know children will feel happier with a few people, those they have grown to trust. They will feel “out of place” so we need to be sensitive to this and not be over critical. We need to make relationships the priority.  Asking foster/ adoptive parents about the child’s back story is both inappropriate and also especially with fostered children something which cannot be disclosed.   Simple things like saying after a children’s activity “ now you can go back to your grown ups” rather than “ now you can go back to your mums and dads” can make these children feel more included.  Offers to babysit (with DBS clearance  often), a spot of ironing, shopping etc can also be a big help and support.

 

More information is available from www.homeforgood.org.uk/howtosupport

 

Eileen Robinson

Jeannie MacMeekin