Caring for others

The foodbank collection at St Andrew's will take place this weekend: if you are able to, please drop your donations off Saturday 21st daytime or Sunday 22nd morning (before 12 noon). If it is easier, major supermarkets and some smaller shops also have drop-off points. 


And please - ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5) - or if you find that tricky, pray when you can. Just do it! The Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. They write:

At 7pm light a candle in the window of your home [if it is safe for you to do so] as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.


So: ‘May the God of hope fill us all with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15.13). Because, yes, there is hope – because God is a God of hope.  He knows what he’s doing, and he is absolutely sovereign, he is absolutely in control.  

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