COVID 19 Updates

WEEKLY UPDATE

Wisdom of yesterday….

“The wisdom of yesterday is the foolishness of today” This proverb amply represents the situation we are in as a country, as a community, and as a church at this time. I have always been one to encourage you week in, week out to come to church. And this was, of course, wise and appropriate but in the current situation, this will not be appropriate. As we all know, we must self-isolate, create social distances, remain at home whilst at the same time doing all we can to support the most vulnerable, our friends and families as well as the NHS and our society at large. This is very difficult for many of us and there is a risk for the young and not so vulnerable to believe they are immune and untouchable. But recent victims have shown that no one is immune to it. It affects the young, and the not so young, the rich and powerful and the not so rich. It affects men and women, able and less able. COVID does not show favoritism!  As a church, we are more than a building. We are a people and what binds us together is the Spirit of Christ and this Spirit is present in us, wherever we are. Even if our buildings are closed, we can still be who we are, the people of God. As your Vicar, please could I implore you now more than ever to heed the advice of staying at home? If you need to go out, ask yourself if it is really essential? Will it be worth me catching this virus? Will it be worth me spreading this virus? If your answer to any of these is No. Then do not go out! Stay safe and God bless. Folli 

Be Alive !!

Staying active is not just about physical activities as important as these are. Human beings are a combination of body, mind, and soul hence we need to be physically, mentally and emotionally active to keep ourselves sane! Our preachers will continue to make sermons available on our website and social media platforms. Brian Brown will be preaching this Sunday on Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, this is quite appropriate at this time. Please check his sermon on our website on Sunday morning from 10 am. We are also exploring prayer meetings and Bible studies and possibly church services online. If you would be interested, please do let me know. In the meantime, we are suggesting you set yourself daily/weekly challenges. This may include reading a chapter of any Book of the Bible. You could also read a Bible plan at  https://www.youversion.com. I am sure you will find an appropriate reading plan for you.  You could also create a playlist on youtube of songs and hymns that speak to you during this period. You might also use the 1hr of “allowed freedom” to go for a brisk walk remembering the 2m rule or do a bit of gardening if you are able. If you are able why not try out painting, coloring or knitting to keep you occupied. here are examples https://www.pinterest.co.uk/webteaching/coloring-pages-for-all-ages/?autologin=true. More Links to more activities will be available on our website https://www.oatlandschurch.org.uk/covid-19-updates/. May we all know His peace and presence this week and always. Shalom. Folli

Bible Passage: Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
Prayer:
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).Help me to remember that you love me
and are with me in everything today. Amen.

Children and families…..

In this challenging time, I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. As parents and carers, we are adapting to this current time with our children and I hope you can all find some positives out of this. It is challenging especially for those working full time from home. I pray that in the coming weeks, we can all find a way that works well for us individually and as families. I think it is particularly important not to compare what you are doing with other families, as everyone will find a different way to manage things. Although the church building is closed, the church continues as we are more than a building. This week’s Bible reading is John 11 1-45 and the link for families is:-www.rootsontheweb.com/familiesathome29mar  The link gives you access to the weekly activity and colouring sheets as well as the Bible reading and questions to explore together as a family. We would like you to join our “virtual Sunday Junior session” on Sunday at 10 am via Zoom App. If you would like to join, please download the Zoom App and let me know you and I will send you the necessary details. At times like this, it is good to apt to remember the saying “the family that prays together stays together” Why not do this as a family? Let this be your challenge for this week. You could also read the story of Bible heroes, you could use this link to find ideas, 
https://www.creativebiblestudy.com/kids-Bible-lessons-heroes.html.

Our prayer for the week is:
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus, self-isolating or social distancing) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them. Amen.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in our virtual Sunday Juniors this week. If joining please do sign in before 10 am, as we hope to start promptly.  Please remember the social distancing advice and do stay safe. You are in our prayers. 
Do get in touch for anything even for just a chat! 
With blessings Laura – Children and Families Worker childrenandfamilies@oatlandschurch.org.uk 07881 786309

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