Interesting times!

So we find ourselves in uncharted waters. I hope you are well and coping with all of the unexpected, unplanned and unprecedented circumstances that surround us. As you may have noticed from the SEBA website all training has been cancelled along with the mental health day planned for next month, a shame but unavoidable.

I do hope that you are not overwhelmed by all that is happening and that at this time we as the people of God are going to be able to rise up and be those who share something of the peace and hope that we have in Jesus with those around us. 

Church of God arise and let’s be people of HOPE

Help – for all who are in need and struggling, known or not yet know to us living in our communities.

Opportunity – for us to be light in these dark times, a great time to be Jesus to those around us. 

Peace – for all to see this in us because we have present peace and future certainty in our Saviour Jesus.

Energy – for what lies ahead, living sensibly and well so we can serve others wherever needed.  


Did you know that as you wash your hands for the recommended 20 seconds it’s just about the right length of time to say the lord’s prayer!


As we learn to live in a more virtual world, let’s be imaginative in the way we continue to communicate with the children young people and families (CYF) connected to our churches and possibly beyond. We all know that keeping in touch is important, so If you have any ideas that you are happy to share, if you send them through to me I will pass them on across the association and put them up on the SEBA website. One way of supporting each other is to share suggestions and resources so do pass them on to me. You may also have questions that others could answer so throw them in as well and I will pass them on. 


Remember that for our CYF this may well be a very anxious time and they might feel apprehensive and alone especially as schools close on Friday, some may well be facing quite isolated times ahead. There is the unknown about the virus, exams cancelations, future university places, no school meals, loss of jobs… so many unknowns are very stressful. Let’s remember where our help comes from, it comes from the Lord, 



2 Corinthians 4:16-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.


Father God may we all know your presence with us during these days, and that in the midst of what are difficult, challenging and unprecedented times help us to take your peace and hope to those around us. 

Amen 

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United Live Prayer Broadcast

Every Sunday and Wednesday evening, at 7pm the Baptist Union are offering an opportunity for use to join together in prayer. To find the latest live Skype prayer  go to the link below

https://baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx