The minister’s open letter

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Dear Friends,

Greetings to you at the end of another week and I do hope that this finds you well.
To keep everyone up to date – at our Consistory meeting last Monday evening we discussed some of the issues around returning to church, given the forthcoming easing of restrictions. We have two small groups meeting to think through the issues and nothing will be changing immanently – but watch this space. It is certainly very unlikely that complete ‘normality’ will return for quite a long time, so meanwhile, we try to keep together as a community as best we can.

Dr Arie Glas’ talk last Tuesday in the effects of Corona on Malawi was fascinating. The impact of the disease at present is pretty small – they are a long way behind us in terms of it spreading and peaking and it remains to be seen how hard it will hit there. The talk made me realise, however, how fortunate we are in terms of resources, and in comparison with a country where many live a hand-to-mouth existence where if you don’t work you soon starve. I draw your attention to the opportunity to give to the Malawi Corona-Crisis Appeal in the program of events for the coming week below.

All good wishes for the week ahead,

THIS WEEK:
Sunday, 10.30
(or any other time, it’s prerecorded)
For anyone who wishes to consider the text for this Sunday in advance, it is Acts 17:16-34, the story of Paul’s visit to Athens.

Sunday, 21.00
Short evening prayers, Compline: Join us on ZOOM

Monday, 14.00-16.00:
Knitting Christmas angels. Contact Gillian Walker at gillian.walker.ams@icloud.com

Tuesday, 08.45
(ideally at this time, but any other time is also fine)
Psalm reciting. This week’s psalm is number 119.

Wednesdays, 19.30
Bible Study: continuing this week at the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.
Join us on SKYPE

Thursdays, 21.00
Short evening prayers, Compline: You can join us on ZOOM

Prayer:
In a time like this, there may be people who feel especially in need of prayer either for themselves or for someone else. There is a small group of people in the congregation who take it in turns on Sundays to be available after the service to pray for anyone in need – so, if you would like prayer or have a particular prayer request please contact Margaret Richards on margaretanne_richards@hotmail.com and she and the others will pray accordingly.

A word about finance….
Please note that in this period when we are not meeting together there is a way of giving to the church on this website (look right).

And should you wish to give to the Mulanje Mission Hospital’s ‘Corona-fund’ in this time crisis, remember that every euro donated will be matched 100% by our Partner Wilde Ganzen – Please mark the payment “Corona fund” when giving in the church’s bank account (NL44 ABNA 0547 6235 50). You can read more about the fund and how to make a donation here.

God bless you all and keep us united as a church family – and safe and well.

Rev. Dr. Lance Stone