DAY 108: Saturday 4 July
Good morning everyone and we hope you haven’t been queuing outside a pub or café since 6:00am this morning.
Here we are on day 108 of these daily emails which we hope have been some encouragement to you and we trust have contributed to our church family being able to keep in touch, virtually if not in person.
It’s been 112 days since the last Sunday service and 110 days since the last Coffee Morning in the Chapel. Since then we’ve sent out 108 daily emails containing more than 92,000 words. The Hymnalong library we created has almost 100 songs which have had over 2200 views in the past 16 weeks. I have also managed to create 14 virtual video/audio services for Sundays, some using recycled Chapel recordings, but I didn’t attempt any live video, skype or zoom gatherings unlike some other churches.
Over the first couple of months whilst everyone was pretty much housebound, we knew many of you were really appreciating the emails and the Hymnalong tracks and video clips. We were getting emails from some of you sharing ideas, stories, poems, funny stories and amusing pictures. But since lockdown restrictions began to be eased and more of you were able to resume getting out again, the need for the emails became diluted. Whilst it’s not possible to know for sure how many of you open and read the emails each day, we can see the numbers listening and watching the recorded services and Hymnalong’s have been declining over the past month. That may be because the content of the emails was becoming less relevant and the recordings are obviously less than professional quality.
So I have decided to reduce the frequency of daily emails after tomorrow to just twice a week – one on Sundays with a recorded virtual service and then another email mid-week. Obviously, should there be any urgent or important announcements to share in the meantime, we will send out specific email updates.
4th July seems to be an appropriate date to make this change and we trust it will not be too long before we are able to meet together again, albeit with additional safety and distancing rules applied. We will keep everyone informed of how and when meetings and groups will be able to restart.
Philippians 3:14-15 -- I choose to forget those things that are behind me and instead reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.
For today’s Hymnalong, here’s a song to encourage you through today and the coming days and as the poem at the end of this email says to make you smile. It also happens to be the 2nd most-viewed of our Hymnalong tracks >>> THE SPIRIT LIVES TO SET US FREE
Trisha Howard has to Good Hope today for a gall bladder scan because she’s been suffering for some time and hopes to have a procedure during the coming week.
Karen has been busy over recent weeks producing washable facemasks and has now completed all outstanding orders. She still has a good supply of different fabric designs to suit male and female versions of the masks and will be happy to produce more masks for anyone else who still needs face coverings. Suggested minimum donation of £2 per mask will cover the material costs.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
Christopher Jennings’ grand-dad Arthur used to say “if your face wants to smile, let it”
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu;
when someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I walked around the corner and someone saw me grin,
when he smiled, I realised I had passed it on to him.
I thought about the smile and then realised its worth,
a single smile like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you find a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected,
start an epidemic and get the world infected.
Do join us tomorrow for another virtual Sunday service featuring a guest speaker