Today’s blog is written by Pastor Phil Earnshaw

Day One – Lock Down

For some of you working at home might seem like a great idea. Avoiding the outside world and the great joy of traffic jams, cancelled trains and office politics. I am fully prepared in case I need to self-isolate and can consult from home via telephone or even perform a video consultation. I can send your prescriptions to whichever pharmacy you like anywhere in England. But… this all fills me with terror because I suffer badly from cabin fever! My dear wife, Janette knows that if I am not out of the doors by late morning then a certain grumpiness and irritability takes over my very being and it is very slow to disappear.

I hope that all of you are truly devastated that Church, and associated activities, are all cancelled for the foreseeable future. But an old adage of mine is to ‘never waste a crisis’. You can get things done that might take an age during normal circumstances. All bureaucracy and discussions are cut short in the interests of saving the day.

As a leadership we don’t want any of you to be bored or feel frustrated but want to take opportunity to get great habits embedded into how you live, think and behave. Already we have a two-week programme of daily activities mapped out for you. Please join in.Today’s opportunity is to join several of us who are attempting to read the bible in a year. This is run by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel and you can download the app, subscribe to a daily email or even order a book. It is now even available in audio commentary. The church has a WhatsApp group where we share our thoughts on the daily readings. If you would like to be added, please send us a message. Once a month we are meeting to discuss what we have learned. Next Tuesday’s event will be virtual, and we will start at 7:30pm. We will distribute how you can sign up for it so that you don’t miss out.

It takes a bit of effort to get into the groove, but it is amazing once you have worked out how to build it into your daily routine. It has certainly deepened my spiritual walk.

Thought for today

Drop around to any elderly neighbours and show your willingness to help them if they need anything.


Church runs on voluntary contributions. Don’t forget to put your tithes and offerings safely to one side. Fortunately, none of you will get any opportunity to overspend!

Thanking you all in anticipation.

Have a great evening,

Pastor Phil

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