Already we're seeing people share helpful ideas and potential support networks. That is really encouraging and much appreciated. Some of the posts on the church Facebook page, for example, have given people a real lift. I would encourage us to keep posting and communicating positively wherever we can - it's a good antidote to much of the other stuff we get from the media.
And on that note, I just thought you'd like to know that, amidst the gathering national gloom, a ray of light has appeared, in that the PCC voted overwhelmingly on Monday to agree to the building work to start on the Emmanuel Neighbourhood Centre. A few conversations are now pending with the builder but the current outlook is that they will start work in early June.
So, 1. Hooray! 2. Praise the Lord! and 3. Thank you all so much for everything you've contributed so far. Lots more work now lies ahead but it's an exciting time and it gives us something new to look forward to once normal service is hopefully restored in a few months' time.
For now, I thought I'd offer you my personal "verse of the day" which offers us a bit of true perspective and the assurance that, as with all earthly trials, 'This, too, shall pass.' :
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
Do contact me if there's any way we can try and help.
Every blessing and prayers for peace of heart and mind,