Notices 21 March 2021

LEXDEN METHODIST CHURCH

Notices for Week Commencing 21st March 2021

‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified’. John 12 v 23

PRAYER

Prayer Requests – Please pray for a fair and even distribution of the covid vaccines so that no country will go without.

Please pray for our empty Church Buildings and for our Circuit Ministers Rev Joe Adams, Rev Ken Chalmers and Rev Alan Jenkins.

Continue to pray for all others who are in any way troubled, lonely, unwell or bereaved and anyone else who needs our prayers.

NOTICES

National Day of Reflection – This month we mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19. A national day of reflection is being held on Tuesday 23 March for people to come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. Marie Curie is leading activities. You are invited to join a minute’s silence at 12 noon, to shine a light at 8pm or to find a moment to reflect in your own way during the day.

At the recent Church Council it was decided to review the question of opening the Church in mid May. in the meantime if anyone has Church donations which they would like to pass on Geoff can arrange to collect them from you in a Covid safe way. Please contact him on 545083. Thank you for your continuing support.

If you need prayer or help in any way please contact your pastoral visitor or you can call Rev Joe Adams on 331413 or Alan Beesley on 766604.

As we consider our futures when we finally come out of lockdown it is worth remembering it is OK to sit quietly and contemplate the wonderful world around us. With that in mind I found this poem to be rather appropriate.

Leisure

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

W H Davies 1871-1940