Minister ~ Reverend Jacqui Horton
Steward ~ Stephen Lynn
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
NO SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT
THE LITCHAM & TITTLESHALL METHODIST CHAPELS
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE METHODIST NOTES
‘SECOND FRIDAY’ STUDY GROUP
On the 2nd Friday of each month at Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am
Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee.
ALL welcome to come.
METHODIST NOTES ~ MAY
I’m writing this in my house during lockdown. When this is published, I have no idea what our lives will be like just as a few weeks ago most of us could not have expected to be in the situation we are now. We had seen it happen in other parts of the world, but perhaps we thought we might be immune, or that it would be sorted out before it had a chance to get to us, of course there will be some of you who did predict we would be in this situation now, but the inescapable truth is we are all in lockdown now. I am trying to be positive. Not that simple for some, I know but for me it helps to count your blessings. One of my favourite childhood books is ‘The One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and its less well known sequel; ‘The Starlight Barking’. I am not a dog lover, but there is something about the relationships in the books that appeals to me, the importance of friendship, love, kindness and having a place to belong. At the beginning of ‘The Starlight Barking’, Pongo (he main dog character) wakes up one morning and decides to count his blessings. He acknowledges some certainties for him: “food, warmth, safety and – most important of all – love.” He does admit though that a hungry dog cannot live on love alone. I like that a dog can be reflective about his, albeit comfortable and contented existence. Perhaps some of you do this already, but I see no harm in reminding (or encouraging) you to do the same. Here, in no particular order, are my own blessings, counted carefully during this unusual time in our lives: • I have a wonderful family, fantastic friends and I am loved. • My 8 year old son fills me with joy. His intelligence, wit, laughter, energy, kindness, love and way of looking at the world are inspiring to me. • Spring is here, the promise of longer days, warm sunshine, flowers, the sound of animals and people being busy, laughing and communicating is everywhere (even in our more limited way at the moment). • I can read so can access stories, information and broaden my knowledge. • I love my job as a teacher. Every day is different; fun but challenging. At the moment it is more challenging than usual but the children are amazing and resilient and we must acknowledge that. If you have a child or children in your life, make sure they know this. • I am part of a wider family of Christians so know I have the love of God to support and guide me through all of my life, not just this challenging time. • I live in a country where we have selfless people who help us, even if they are endangering themselves. • There is food, including chocolate, in my cupboard ☺ Like Pongo, let’s count our blessings, not just now because we feel we need to, but always.
Linda de Bloeme