Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 21 October 2020

Letter from our minister 21/10/2020

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Dear friends I hope that you continue to stay safe and well during these difficult days. I know that some of you are currently unwell and some of you are self-isolating. Please know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. We have been enduring some difficult lockdown restrictions during the last 3 months and I know through the chats I have had that you are very much missing each other in your local church. I think we all miss worshipping together and then grabbing that cup of tea or coffee and having a good chat and hugging one another. I am desperately missing those things too. As we enter this week into tier 3 – we must continue to pray, encourage and support each other. A kind word, note, message or a wave across a video call or zoom call does help.

Every week Rosie and I prepare a video message for members of Junior Church. we are using the Roots material which I know Long Street Tuesday bible study are looking at too (if you are looking for a group to join they meet at 1.30pm please contact Paula Collins for more information). It is challenging to try and communicate the key passage that Roots highlight. This week its 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 and the first few verses from the Good News version struck me this morning:

Our friends, you yourselves know that our visit to you was not a failure. 2 You know how we had already been mistreated and insulted in Philippi before we came to you in Thessalonica. And even though there was much opposition, our God gave us courage to tell you the Good News that comes from him.

Courage is an interesting thing. Sometimes we know we have courage and get on with the day ahead. Sometimes we need to pray for courage and sense God’s words and strength in the things that we do. Sometimes there is no courage within ourselves or from our prayers and that’s when we must rely on each other. We might never know that someone is taking courage from the things that we say and do at the time. Sometimes the things we do – we think are pointless but looking back you may hear differently. This week I want to encourage you to have courage. To share your courage with others with messages of hope, messages of joy, messages of encouragement. A few minutes taken to pick up the telephone so someone hears your voice might be all it takes to turn someone’s day or week around because you have taken the time to say hi and assure them of your thoughts and prayers. There is a church What’s App group for each church where we can share with each other if you would like to be part of that then please get in touch.

God of all times,
May we live our life so that others know that
We care for them,
We are there for them,
We are loving them
In Jesus name

Have a great week, we look forward to seeing each other on zoom this Sunday and please know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. Please pray for the circuit holiday club next week and our light parties. If you know of any children age between 5-11 then please invite them to both the holiday club and light party. We are also holding an 11 plus light party too so invite away. Bookings must be made by THIS FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER. Plus look out on the website and social media for a special light party promotional video. It’s all very exciting.

Love & prayers, Sharon

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