The Methodist Church here in Skegness along with all Methodist Churches in the U.K., are following Government guidelines in closing the church for Worship and other activities.
These are strange times for all of us as we go into uncharted waters. Through the media we know that what is happening here is happening throughout the world. As a church we are called to respond to Gods love no matter what is happening. Whilst I encourage looking after our neighbours this should not be done as a detriment to our own health, care should be taken in protecting ourselves, by protecting ourselves we then protect those whom we come into contact with.
If anyone needs to speak to someone please feel free to phone me, we are at the moment setting up a network of contacts to enable us to keep in contact. Please keep in contact with each other by telephone or internet.
My thoughts, this week, have been with this time of year in the Church calendar as we are midway through the period of lent. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which is forty days of what used to be fasting leading up to Good Friday and Easter. Sundays are not included in the forty days as they are feast days when we celebrate our Lord rising from the Grave conquering death. The forty days are meant to reflect the forty days after Jesus’ baptism when the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. This as we know was a time of temptation, solitude and fasting. After this time Jesus came out of the wilderness ready to fulfil his calling as the Son of God. We are all entering into this time of solitude, for some it will be more challenging than others, it may seem like a wilderness where we may face temptation. Just as Jesus took one day at a time, I would encourage you to do likewise. Let us remember the lilies in the field and the birds in the air who neither sow nor reap.
Rev Graham P Miles BTh
The Stewards are always seeking new ideas to entertain you and raise funds at the same time,
so if you have any suggestions just let them know.