Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 13 May 2020

Letter from our minister 13/05/2020

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope whatever you did for VE day – you had a lovely day. We managed to sit outside at various times and enjoyed some fun as a family. I know some of you participated in Street Parties and family zoom time too. This week has definitely felt different as we figure out STAY ALERT and what that means. The extension of furlough grants; some people being allowed to return to work, consideration for some businesses, schools etc to reopen. We continue every day to pray for our key workers – especially those in our congregations who put their lives at risk every time they head to work.

It makes me smile that I see adverts and social media posts that coffee drive-throughs are slowly reopening and the possibility of McDonalds – I think we will stay home and create our own for some time yet. I haven’t told our children yet so let’s hope I can keep it a secret for a while longer. Every Saturday our family have been re-created McDonalds sausage and egg muffins – everyone plays their part as long as I manage to locate pork & herb patties (as they cook they smell just like McDonalds) on the weekly shop. Another special moment in the week for us, although not everyones cup of tea I know.

This week is Christian Aid week – you may have heard from the media, our circuit website & social media posts. We focused on Sunday on the work of Christian Aid. Yesterday, we were encouraged to sponsor our daily walk. If you follow me on social media – you will know that I got out for a run – a first in lockdown. Running has been a part of my life for over 7 years. It began when I caught a horrendous virus and was treated post-virally for 2 years. That virus caused me to sleep round the clock and unable to walk without pain. At the encouragement of my doctor when I had very little vitamin D in my body – I started walking…as my strength grew I learnt to run…..its been up and down journey. So when it was discussed that we would encourage the donation of our daily exercise, I knew I had to embrace it and find the courage to be outside alone once more. I have always tried to support the work of Christian Aid and so it was a good motivation for me to do something and make a donation. Its not too late either. You can still make a donation for Christian Aid here: https://manchestermethodists.org.uk/christian-aid-week-10th-16th-may/
If you are receiving this letter by post and would like to make a donation. You can write a cheque (made payable to Christian Aid) and send it to Christian Aid, 35 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL.


A prayer for Christian Aid
Almighty God, who by the Word become flesh, gave inherent dignity to all of humanity, by your grace, may we recognise your presence and the incredible privilege of encountering your image in each other. And grant that by your inspiration we may work continually to challenge anything that dehumanises another and to amplify the worth and value of all through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen


Take from christianaid.org.uk


Let us continue to pray for each other, stay in touch and continue to put your offering to one side or to set up a standing order. Please speak to our wonderful treasurers. So until we are able to meet again stay safe, stay home and stay alert.


With love and prayers,
Sharon

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