NEWS FROM CREWKERNE METHODIST CHURCH STEWARDS
Edwin & Pam write …
….. One of the unexpected spin-offs from this time of restriction and isolation is the fact that we are spending less money on petrol and trips out for coffee and cakes , snack lunches etc .
So we’ve decided to use some of that saving to show our appreciation and gratitude to those organisations within Crewkerne who are providing year round care and finding the current situation quite stressful .
We are therefore planning , as part of Outreach from the church , to send NIBBLE PACKS to the staff at our local surgeries and pharmacy , Crewkerne Hospital & Orchard House Care Home .
These NIBBLE PACKS will contain a selection of healthy snacks as well as the naughty but nice variety all of which will be wrapped .
Each pack will have the same message …. “ in appreciation of all you do for our local community . Grateful thanks from Crewkerne Methodist Church “ .
By the end of this week we will have delivered packs to Crewkerne Health Centre … Middle Path & West 1 plus the pharmacy .
Next week we have arranged for gift packs to be sent to Crewkerne Hospital and The Orchard Care Home .
In addition to sounding out our fellow church stewards we also ran the idea past our minister Philip and Margaret Hall (Church Treasurer) and received some very positive backing and encouragement for the scheme .
It will be totally funded by way of voluntary pledges from the congregation.
Thank you for taking the time to reads through this letter .
Edwin & Pam
Dick Arnold send in the following lines of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins
It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work.
Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty.
To go to communion worthily gives God great glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives him glory too.
To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung fork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, give him glory too.
He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should. So then, my brethren, live.
‘The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its churches for the foreseeable future. The only exception will be for churches that are offering essential social outreach such as foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out closely within Government guidelines. The Methodist Church suspended worship services last week with some churches still opening for quiet prayer and reflection. This must now also be suspended. We would encourage people to use our online resources at home which include downloadable services and links to online worship services.
‘The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference said: “We are asking people to change their way of ‘going to church’ to help to protect themselves and others. We have put in place measures that will enable Methodists still to be part of the worshipping community, whilst for everyone’s sake staying away from church buildings. There is a range of resources available for people to use at home which we hope will help them to continue their cycle of prayer and worship. The Methodist Church is more than its buildings and if in these unprecedented times we can continue our life as Methodists without using our buildings we will help to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.”