Newsletter 10th May

Fifth Sunday of Easter

It was wonderful to see so many people on screen last Sunday – thank you for joining us!

This coming Sunday would be a Family Service in St. Michael’s – so our Zoom service at 10:15 will appeal to all ages. Sarah will be leading us in worship, and the theme will be our family home. We’d like you to have with you an item from your home that represents something about yourself, who you are or what is important to you. It might be a photo, something about your life or work such as a uniform, a special painting or ornament, a cake or favourite recipe, a plant, a memento … the list is endless! Let’s see what Sarah can make of them! The Zoom meeting numbers are the same as ever:  Meeting number 474-970-7143 Password 2820.

 

V.E. Day, Victory in Europe 75th Anniversary 2020 Oval Enamel ...But before then, this Friday, it’s VE Day. How will you mark this important anniversary, when we can’t have street parties? Well we will certainly be able to thank the Lord for our freedom and for how it was won. Here’s a prayer for all Churches to say, from The Act of Commitment for Peace:

Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your Spirit; give us wisdom; give us courage; give us hope; and keep us faithful now and always. Amen.

 

With this Newsletter are two attachments - a copy of the original Order of Service from Westminster Abbey in 1945 and the words of ‘We’ll Meet Again’; very poignant right now, which you may be singing on Friday!

Hayward’s Hope in Isolation – YouTube Channel

cid:image017.png@01D61D87.6CB9E180Sarah, Tim & family premiere their YouTube videos at 9:30am on Sundays. They’re all worth watching – follow this link to see them all - and last Sunday’s was entitled ‘sheep’. Watch it here.

 

 

 

Churches Together in Myland are part of the national MakeLunch campaign, providing meals to families in need. Lynsey Heselgrave is co-ordinating the project, and says:

Things have been developing over the past weeks. Since the beginning of the lockdown we have been supporting the 13 families who have already attended MakeLunch in the school holidays. Up until Easter Asda had lots of surplus food, due to overstocking after people were panic buying. We have also had donations of food from local residents, the MakeLunch team and members of New Growth Ministry and Di Thompson have been baking regularly for everyone. As well as delivering food we’ve been able to keep up with families through phone calls, texts and WhatsApp.

 

We have recently had a further development and I’m in closer contact with some of local schools, particularly Myland Primary and Queen Boudica. We are now having families referred to us by one of the schools and will be looking to deliver emergency parcels. At the moment we have the potential of taking on up to 10 new families who have been hit hard by the current situation. This means our resources are now becoming more stretched and we are in need of an increase in support, either of food or money to buy food. Therefore, I’m wondering if anyone in our Myland churches would like to help. Donations could be made to the Mile End Churches Outreach Fund, or food could be dropped off at my house or another location for me to pick up. Ring me on 07887 793610 if you’d like to know how you can help. Thank you very much!

Lynsey Heselgrave

Community Pastor

The Mylander at your fingertips

The latest issue of the Mylander has now been published – just online, for obvious reasons – and if you click here you can read it, turning the pages as if it were on your lap!

 

 

We hope you don’t mind us mentioning again about the importance of the Church being able to pay our bills. If you haven’t yet set up a Standing Order, you could do so online, with the following details:

Bank: Santander Sort Code: 09-01-55

Account Name: St Michaels Myland PCC Account Number: 53653601

Reference: Giving

Those details can also be used to make a one-off donation, of course. Thank you for all your generosity, in so many ways!

 

Christine Brown’s resourceful bear, Boris, is pulling his weight at home. We hope you are!

 

Boris features daily on the Church’s WhatsApp Group, where we also share news, prayer and encouragements. If you’d like to be part of the Group, just respond to this email with your mobile number, and you’re welcome.

 

And finally…. a reflection

John Davis, our resident retired Baptist Minister, writes:

May I share with you three things you might like to reflect on in the hope you find it helpful as the Coronavirus rolls around the globe and locks down the world you and I live in. From a Christian perspective what are we to make of things? Who’s to blame? What’s going on? God comes in for a good kicking in situations like this for NOT stepping in and preventing it, especially if he is ALL powerful. Yep, I hear that but there always has been a tension between ‘Theology' and ‘reality' over this. We do need a healthy dose of realism as well as Theology at this point. Reality teaches us that our all-powerful God has never responded to events within this world like a Superman figure rushing in and stopping accidents and sorting out every dilemma the human condition creates for itself. Yet that's what he would need to do if our view of Theology was simply focused on the all-powerful nature of God and taking no account of the reality of the fallen nature of the world in which we live. There are three things worth keeping in mind:

1) AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS.

In one of the Parables of Jesus gives us a little glimpse into what is going on that we might find helpful. When the farmer in the parable of Jesus noted that he had sown GOOD seed in his field but among the good seed came up weeds and thorns, his workmen asked the same question. What’s going on here - did you not plant good seed? The answer Jesus gives is rich with insight for us. He said yes, but “an enemy has done this”. We live in a fallen world where the enemy does evil things and we all feel the effects of them. I find the thought that “an enemy has done this” helps me to form a healthier view of what is going on in our world.

2) GOD IS A REFUGE, A SOURCE OF STRENGTH TO COPE AND A PROVEN HELPER.

There is a lovely verse which opens Psalm 46. Those of you who know the life of David know he knew what dark times were like. He felt the hot breath of hard and tragic events so many times in his life. Speaking from personal experience he shared three things with us about God in this opening verse. “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble” In his experience, when dark experiences cast a cloud over his life he found God was his safe place, a ‘refuge’. In the shadow of his wing he felt his companionship and a quiet sense of security. Not only so but the faith relationship he had with God gave him an inner strength to cope. And because he had been in so many tight corners he had proved for himself that God was an ever-present help in such times. The words in the margin of our Bibles at this point offer the words “well proven help” as an alternative translation. It's in the dark and difficult places we find God to be a refuge, a source of inner strength and an ever-present helper.

3) GOD BRINGS GOOD OUT OF EVIL.

Is this not the message at the heart of Easter? The air is rich with a dark pessimism at the moment. All kind of fearful things are being foretold by one pundit or another. However, on a more positive note, one thing that encourages me is looking back to darker times than these and seeing what God bought out of them. The Victorian era was rich with dark afflictions that ran right across the human spectrum but mainly effected the greater number of the population namely the poor. Yet men and women of faith left their mark on history in ways which strangely touch our lives to this very day. Barnardo's Children's Charity, the Shaftesbury Society, the Trussell Trust and the Salvation Army, to name but a few all came out of the darkest days of the Victorian era.  With the message of Easter ringing in our ears there is another way of looking at what may be ahead which is rich with hope.  Let's not lose sight of God quietly working to bring good out of evil in the only way God can.

John Davis

Yours in His name,

 

Ray, Hazel, Sarah, John, Lesley, Jill, Sarah