Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 6 May 2020

Letter from our minister 06/05/2020

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Dear Friends,  

If we weren’t in lockdown – this weekend would have had a different feel. Monday’s are my day off since joining the circuit and I am still getting used to this shift. This week, however I have unpacked boxes of my craft projects and finally got them in some kind of order to have a go at making things. With a broken sewing machine – I took to fabric notice boards with a dangerous staple gun and made use of fabric and ribbon remnants and had a good ole rummage in my inherited box of buttons from my Gran. It’s in a tartan shortbread tin which caused giggles from our children about something being so old. Normally this Monday would have been our bank holiday and visits to family with a picnic or BBQ would normally have happened. As I looked towards the coming weekend – we look to our actual Bank Holiday and a good weather forecast too.  

It seems to me that VE day this year appears to be encouraging us to social distance and picnic / afternoon tea on our front doorsteps. While we live in a cul-de-sac we are a rather busy road to many pedestrians who walk their dogs in the back fields and along the river, or folk out for their daily walk as well as cyclists, runners, and horses too.   

VE day this year marks its 75th anniversary. A celebration for Victory in Europe marking the end of World War 2. Unfortunately we can’t celebrate and open our church doors to anything at the moment – but I hope you are able to do something this coming Friday whether taking your ‘afternoon tea’ on the front step; chatting to your neighbour, or watching something on TV. By participating in some way – may we proclaim the love of God in our actions and in our words. Let us continue to be the community of the church as we live out the Body of Christ in the street that we live. Our church buildings stand as a symbol of a beacon of light and hope – so may we, in the same way, continue to shine the light of Christ in all that we do from our homes.   

A prayer for VE Day  

Lord God our Father,
We pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind,
In the cause of peace,
For the relief of want and suffering,
And for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
Give us wisdom,
Give us courage,
Give us hope,
And keep us faithful now and always. Amen


Taken from churchofengland.org

 

Let us continue to hold one another in prayer. Stay safe and stay home.  

With love and prayers,
Sharon

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