What, May already? I hope you had a blessed Easter. Hands up if you’ve been to the hairdresser for the first time this year. How about seeing someone for the first time in months? Has anyone celebrated their birthday since the COVID restrictions were eased a little, allowing you perhaps a visit from family or friends? Well, my very best wishes to you.
The thing that has meant so much to me is being able to attend church in person as a member of the congregation. Zoom has been an incredible gift to us at Elmers End and Emmanuel churches as we have come together to worship God each week. But technology doesn’t beat actually being together sharing our love of God. Spare a thought for Reverend David Pickering, who has spent the whole of his ministry with us thus far, either talking to a camera or to a sea of masked faces. As members of the churches, at least we know each other and can ‘see’ behind the masks in our mind’s eye. Don’t be shy about sharing your appreciation and thoughts with David, he needs to get to know us all.
We still have no opening date for the Fellowship but look out for our item in the next issue of Emmanuel Life. Hopefully we may have better news then.
Blessings and good health to you.
Dear All, How have those New Year thoughts been developing? Have any of you got new oomph? I’ve found a task to keep me busy for a few weeks: cutting our enormous hedge to size! It keeps me motivated, knowing there’s always a bit more to do. I’m finding hope in this year too, although … Continue reading February 2021
Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and what a privilege that we have the opportunity to really dwell on its significance this year. We are truly blessed as Christians to recognise the gift of Christ that surpasses anything we could possibly hope to give or receive. Some kind folk have already put fairy lights up … Continue reading December
Happy November and Happy Christmas. Yes, I know I’m a month early but I’m feeling a bit uninspired today, so I need to lighten my mood. We are in level 2 of the new measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, which means reducing contact with other people. That is the very reason we … Continue reading November
It’s October already. Can you believe it? I can hardly fathom where this year has gone. Luckily I have a diary that tells me more or less, everything I have done, otherwise it would feel like this year has been a big blank. Perhaps that is an insult to certain people. What memorable moments come … Continue reading October
We do hope all members of our Fellowship are well and keeping their spirits up. It has been such a long time since March, when we were together. We miss our Tuesday afternoon meetings and the pleasure of each other’s company. Although the government has eased the lockdown, coronavirus is still with us and we … Continue reading Keep smiling
Another month has passed by and I wonder how the time goes so fast. Surely in these restricted times it should drag. I’m not the only one who feels like that. My daughter suggests it’s because we are living life at a slower pace. I’m all for that. We can spend far too much of … Continue reading A Slower Pace?
In response to the Emmanuel Fellowship item in May Emmanuel Life when I suggested making a list of ways to occupy yourself through lockdown, Lilo Sutton sent the following photo of her orchid, saying “This little orchid was in a poor state, so I gave it lots of tender loving care”. Lilo was rewarded by … Continue reading Tender Care
Editor’s comments: Last month I forgot to include the details of the author of the ‘Isolation Wellbeing Daily To-Do List’, so please find below: Lindsay Braman describes herself as an artist, a therapist, an entrepreneur, and a translator between languages of the heart and mind. You can find more ways to improve your mental health … Continue reading Daily To-Do
As we still find ourselves in lockdown, and will be for the foreseeable future, I thought this list might give you daily focus. My daughter sent it to me and I have permission from Lindsay Braman to share it with you. Take it seriously, or have some fun with it. Just give it a try … Continue reading Lockdown
It is with regret that the Fellowship Committee decided to close Fellowship meetings from 17th March, as we realise how important this weekly outing is to many people. This meant that we did not have the chance to share our experiences of jobs we held after leaving school. We also missed the fabulous talk from … Continue reading Looking towards Easter
Mrs Clare Walker speaks on Founding your own Orchestra, explaining what happened first and how it all developed. … Continue reading Founding your own Orchestra