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A warm welcome from the Rector

As we come into the early spring and head towards summer things look very different to the way we had planned them. Many of the events and activities you had planned will have needed to be postponed or cancelled as our need to maintain social distancing continues. However spring into summer is happening and we are blessed to live surrounded by evidence of this in creation. The bluebells are in bloom, the leaves on the trees are unfurling and the greens are becoming more vibrant. Below are a couple of photographs I’ve snapped whilst taking my daily exercise recently.

New Ash Green Orchard and woodland bluebells.

As I thank God for the beauty around us I pray for those who must isolate in less open and rural settings and for those who cannot currently see the beauty through the pain of loss or worry of infection due to the Covid19 virus.

At home this week my family have been discussing some acronyms which have popped up on some of my social media – JOMO and FOMO; both we concluded are being experienced by us all in different ways:

JOMO – Joy of Missing Out – The change of life may mean we are finding new ways to stay in touch and new people to build relationships with. You may have discovered Zoom, Houseparty, Facetime or Skype. You may be exercising with the Green Goddess or Joe Wicks. You may have found or renewed, a passion for painting, reading, gardening, music or DIY.

FOMO – Fear of Missing Out - You may also find that you are starting to feel frustrated by confinement, home schooling, online shopping; being in the house alone or being in the house not alone! You may be working extra hours or from home both are tiring as too in being furloughed or out of work and the worry of what the future brings.

What I hope you are not feeling is YOYO – Your on Your Own. There has been a wonderful outpouring of community spirit, kindness and goodwill over the last five weeks and it has been a real delight to see and hear of the many initiatives and schemes that are available to ensure no one is on their own at this time. Whether the need is for food, companionship (all be it on the phone or other social media) or spiritual accompaniment there is much that we can connect with. In the May\June church newsletter you will find ways that we are continuing to worship together and if you have any other need please do be in touch so we can chat and I can put you in touch with the right people to help.

Above all remember that Jesus promised his disciples and promises us too, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) God has not abandoned us, rather God is with us in and through this time and signs of the kingdom of God and the hands and feet of Christ in action are all around us.

Stay safe, stay at home keep your eyes on God.

Every Blessing …. Rev Helen.

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