and Trinity, Market Lavington
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Revd Gary Gotham
this earth at a frightening pace
God lost control or does He not care?
feel sad and lonely, cut off from our friends
Lord is all knowing, so powerful and true
sun will still shine and the rain it will fall
a time we can move so much closer to Him
took things for granted - in days that are past
Jill Lovett 21 March 2020
Sunday Worship 22 March
because we are not together in a building doesn't mean we can't worship
been a very stressful week for us all, to put it mildly, but,
nonetheless, if you you click on the first link below you'll find my
first Sunday worship offering for you. It's
a bit later than I'd hoped due to the learning curve involved, but I'm
confident the technical side will become more familiar with time.
|Contributions from Ann King (Thank you Ann)|
THE STORY BEHIND THE HYMN
'HOW GREAT THOU ART'
Eyam Plague Cottage
Fields of Hope
Aid Lent Appeal 2020
Call: 020 7523 2269
Cheque: Christian Aid, 35 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL (Write ‘Count Your Blessings’ on reverse of cheque)
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.
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.
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.
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.
information is available from www.homeforgood.org.uk/howtosupport