Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 10 June 2020

Letter from our minister 17/06/2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Dear Friends,

Last week I had a fair few chats with people just struggling with the ongoing Covid19 situation and I encouraged them to find the little moments of joy and glimmers of hope. I had to give myself the same talking to as the owners of the field at the back of the vicarage have fenced its perimeter. The morning of the 6th June was the last time I saw a deer visit the field who got itself stuck for a short time. We have lived in this vicarage since October 2012 and the deer have been regular visitors – we have loved to watch for them and always get excited about their visit. I felt rather sad….yet my view is still as stunning and beautiful and I can get lost in thought and prayer as I gaze. However, excitement has once again returned. Monday night as the sun was setting at about 9pm – there was a lot of noise on the back field….racing to investigate – we all excitedly waited to see what was about to happen. We now have new visitors – 15 cows. I have to say that cows aren’t my favourite animal. This is all my Grandma’s fault as on a family day out to a farmers market – I was about 6 and I managed to get myself stuck between the farmer and a young calf trying to escape and his trailer. That began my fear of cows. 48 hours later – I cant stop watching these cows on the field. There is one white one that our son has named Milky Way who yesterday started a race across the field. Last night however, in the midst of the storm – the cows got rather close to our back fence (which isn’t that strong having been weakened by gypsy horses last summer – and one cow took rather a fancy to one of our bushes. As I retreated away from the window, I trusted that the fence would withstand and I wouldn’t find a cow looking at me through the patio door this morning. Thankfully – there wasn’t one but it hasn’t stopped us counting the cows and wondering where they are. I am building up courage to go and see them, but for now I remain safe on my balcony watching from a distance.

Many of us like to ‘watch from a distance’ – window shopping, people watching, looking at doing something but not having the courage to begin. I wonder how many people we know that watch us from a distance or watch our church building from a distance. What do they think? What do they ponder? Do they catch a glimmer of hope – a glimmer of Christ in the things that we do. Is it time to pluck up that courage and as it says in 1 Peter 3 ‘always be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.’ Let us encourage each other to share the joy and hope that we have in Christ with those around us.

Don’t forget to check out the circuit website for Junior Church – the links to the worksheets and colouring sheets are there and on ‘Manchester Methodists’ youtube will be the video uploaded on Saturday. We are continuing to pull this together. Thank you to those of you who have been in touch and found it helpful. If you don’t have a printer and need the handout / colouring sheet then please let me know.

Until next time, let’s continue to hold one another in prayer.

With love and prayers, Sharon

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