Tim talks about practical support for vulnerable people in church, our neighbours and our family

Day three

Jesus told the disciples to go into all the world and preach the good news, but according to
the Government Foreign Office the advice is not to travel overseas. So let’s now think about what we can do to help each other, our families and our surrounding neighbours and communities which brings us back to the same actions of the early Church
in Acts 2 and 3.

Every day the Government is encouraging us to self-isolate and more of our institutions are
being made to close down, but on the other hand we are told to keep an eye on those
around us. As more of us are forced to self isolate and are confined to our houses, we could easily feel like the walls are closing in and we are out of sight and out of mind.
But last Sunday Janette reminded us that Jesus has broken down the wall that separated us
from God, so although we may be remote from each other, Jesus is with us every moment of the day.

But what as individuals can we do to keep connected – social media / texting / telephone
calls / emails and even old fashioned letters or cards enable us to still communicate with
each other and our families. Can I also suggest that we have an opportunity to reach out to our neighbours, regardless of age, and offer to help with either practical issues (shopping, walking dogs, feed the cat, prepare a meal etc.) or support and reassurance.

With regards to supporting our surrounding communities, sadly we have had to cancel
foodbank for a short time, but as we see on the news media and social media people are
thinking of invented ways of keeping in touch and providing help and support. As our nation goes further into lock down can I encourage us all to look up and remember
that we are connected to the Alpha and Omega of Revelation 1, and look out of your walls
and make connections with our families and establish relationships with people on our road, estate, village, community.

However long this situation goes on for, let us be the thread of hope and trust for our
families, church and secular communities need.

As part of this thread of hope, if any of you reading this blog need any additional support
either practical or spiritual please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Smawthorne leaders.

Bless you all
Tim Weeks

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