This week got off to a busy start for me workwise. Since social distancing measures were introduced and Covid-19 changed the way health services operate, we have seen a reduction in the number of people attending A&E and contacting their GP practice when they need help. This week, we launched a new social media campaign called #StillHereToHelp which aims to encourage people living in the Wakefield District to continue to get help if they need it. Working in partnership with other health and care services in Wakefield, we want to make sure everyone knows that help is still available to them and urge them not to put off seeing someone if they need to.
I think this message is more relevant than ever, and it applies to all areas of our lives, not just healthcare. I want to take this opportunity to remind you that while we can’t physically see each other, your church family is still here to help you. While many things have changed, you can trust in the fact that you have a group of people thinking and praying about you every day. These are unprecedented and trying times, and it’s okay to reach out and ask for help. If you feel like you or someone you know needs prayer, you can fill in a prayer request form on our website and we will pray for you.
In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says: “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” We are stronger when we come together and share the burden. Richard wrote a blog about this at the end of March. He used the analogy of the famous song from Toy Story, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ to express the importance of having a friend to go through difficult times with. So, if you haven’t already, please reach out to someone close to you and share the burden. There’s nothing like a good catch up over a cup of tea or coffee to lift your spirits!
Not only is it easy to feel disconnected from your church family when we’re not able to meet every Sunday, it’s also easy to feel disconnected from God. There’s something special about being able to come alongside fellow Christians to worship God and being in that wonderful atmosphere is something I definitely miss. However, it’s important to remember that He will always be near, no matter where you are. In Psalm 46 it says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Don’t hesitate to call on Him if you are struggling; He is your ever-present help in times of trouble.
In James 4:8 it says “if you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you”. Why not use this gift of time we have been given to delve deeper into God’s word and get to know Him even more? We are so lucky to live in a time where we can access literally thousands of fantastic resources to help us develop our relationship with God. There is a wealth of songs, preaches, podcasts, blogs and Bible studies available online that will help you.
Here are some of my favourite resources:
Elevation Church podcast
Elevation Church’s lead pastor, Steven Furtick, has shared some of the most powerful and life-changing preaches on this podcast. Once you get past the cheesy Americanisms they are amazing and always relevant to where I am in my life at the time. Listen here.
Bible in One Year
A number of us at Smawthorne Community Church are doing the Bible in One Year study which, as the name suggests, guides you through the whole Bible in one year. Find out more here.
Our worship leader has created a playlist of amazing worship songs that you can listen to here.
We have some incredible people in our church who are full of wisdom and knowledge. Our Lift Devotionals are shared every week and are designed to lift you up and give you some Bible-based encouragement to start your day with. You can check them out here.
If you have any favourite go-to resources, please share them as it’s always a blessing to find new ways of learning more about our amazing Father.
Have a great day everyone, and remember we’re still here to help. Please get in contact if you want to have a chat!