The lockdown which started at the beginning of the year has meant that we had to suspend our Youth Club and Toddler Group meetings until circumstances improve and the regulations relax.
After prayerful consideration and consultation with our members, it was decided to continue the 11am Sunday Morning services within the church building which is explicitly permitted in the lockdown regulations. We have the procedures in place to maintain a COVID secure environment and, with careful use of space, it has been possible to go somewhat beyond the minimum recommended spacings. We would welcome others to join us but wrap up warm as the need for good ventilation does not help with heating and please be aware that social interactions and singing are not permitted under the regulations prevailing at the time of writing.
Our prayer meetings and Bible Studies are all being conducted on ZOOM so please visit www.EastingtonMethodists.org.uk for the timings and the ZOOM link.
Another thing that has been badly affected by the lockdown is our Into the Book sessions at both Eastington and Whitminster Schools where we would normally act out stories from the Bible in front of an assembly.
In the latter part of last year, the group got together and videoed several stories. For now, we are not allowed to meet as a group at all so it has been down to just Ken & Beck to act out and create these videos …(the naffness has a sort of amusing charm all of its own!)…. not sure whether to put them on Youtube or not.
Trust in the LORD
We live in very strange, difficult, unusual and unsettling times. We can’t see some people, and we see too much of others. We’re cut off from our family, our friends, and often our work colleagues. We’re isolated.And then there’s the uncertainty. When will we get the vaccine? Will it solve the problem? When will all this end?
On top of that, the fear. Will we catch the virus? Will we be ok if we do? Will there be enough beds if we need to go into hospital? What will happen if we’re not ok?
In difficult times, when everything is shaken, we need a firm foundation. A solid rock on which to stand.Something, or rather someone on whom we can rely.
This reminds me of a song my children used to enjoy when they were younger.
It begins with a question…
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
The answer comes in the chorus…
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
When there are storms in life we can have a sure/solid/secure foundation if we put our trust in Jesus. Jesus “the Son of God who loved” us so much that he “gave himself for us”. The one “who is able to keep us”.
The Bible says: “trust in the LORD (God/Jesus) with all your heart.”
And it promises that when we do that, and continue to do it, we will find “peace beyond understanding”, even in the storms.
If you’d like to know more; or you’d just like someone to talk to; or if we can help in any way; give us a call.
Ken & Beck Burgin 01453 827414