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A letter of Hope & Light for this time

I am writing on behalf of the churches in Willaston to share our love and hope at this difficult time. We all have a shared concern and also a rallying point for action. So what can we do to help one another and cope with the situation?

Let’s start with some good news:

  • Rapid progress is being made on treatments for the disease
  • China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital
  • The British Red Cross has seen 10,000 people sign up to help others in the last week
  • Scientists from Oxford University  have developed a test for the virus that works in 30 minutes
  • Chelsea Football Club and other organisations are offering free rooms, food and drinks for NHS staff

The way we respond matters and we can all make a difference. I am truly thankful for all those already caring for friends and family. Here are some more ways we can help others:

Listen

Listen to advice on washing hands; socially isolating; working from home; staying away from the doctors and pharmacies and resisting buying more than you need. If we listen we can care for one another in the best way possible.

Visit gov.uk/coronavirus for updates

Phone or shop

A familiar or kind voice can reconnect someone alone and the words of a friend can break through the fear of illness. If you are healthy you could also do some shopping for someone who cannot go themselves. Don’t panic buy and don’t forget the foodbank. 

Pray

If you pray please pray for those most affected by the virus and those caring for the ill. For jobs and businesses at risk. For our government and those advising them. For the lonely and isolated and people to help. Let’s pray for peace, faith and hope from God and remember that Jesus promises never to leave or forsake us.

Read words of life

If you haven’t read the Bible recently then let me encourage you to do so. Matthew’s gospel is a great place to start and discover why Jesus is our best hope!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…from Psalm 121 a message of comfort.

The Lord is my shepherd…Psalm 23 speaks of God’s care and provision through both good and bad times.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful…Hebrews 12:28 a reminder that there are always things to be thankful for.

Jesus said: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 This is still true today.

Visit biblegateway.com to read or listen to the Bible (NIV) read by David Suchet. Or visit our site to listen to talks about the difference Jesus makes christchurchwillaston.com
Or turn your DAB radio on and listen to Premiere Radio or UCB.

How we can help you

If you are lonely, anxious or want to talk to someone then please call us and we will speak and pray with you in confidence. You can find the numbers on the notice board outside church or contact the vicarage or the Chapel.

A Prayer

God of compassion, 

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation; 

in their anxiety, be their hope; 

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Currently neither church will be holding services or groups. Take a look at our twitter feed for more ways to help others, worship and enjoy community as well as discovering more about Jesus.

With every blessing in Christ,
Rev Stephen