The Week from the Administrator's Desk
Work, rest and pray
The sunshine has brought us through another week of lockdown, and the gradual easing of the restrictions will start to make life a little easier for us hopefully.
Last week’s Church@Home revealed just how multi-talented Jo is!
Leading a great talk and barbering skills on top of her medical ones.
If the hospital gets too much she could branch out in more ways than one!
I am looking forward to this week’s services, especially as we welcome a new arrival to the C@H family in the form of an 8 o’clock Common Worship service.
If you have been missing a ‘live’ service this could be for you.
The usual 8 o’clockers look forward to adding to their number and warmly welcoming newcomers.
The new Morning Prayer booklet will be available before Monday morning!
On Sunday morning at 11.00am we shall be reviewing 2019 via the usual Coffee Zoom link.
It will be a chance to look back to Ben’s arrival, the end of the vacancy, and check out the finances too.
Derek and Sheila will be reminding us of the events of the year, and Ben will outline his plans for the way ahead.
There will also be the unveiling of the church warden elect.
This meeting has no legal standing as the usual APCM has to be held in person, but this is the best way to do the less formal bits, until we can do the rest in the Autumn hopefully.
Thy Kingdom Come is leading to a busy weekend ahead to mark Pentecost.
Hopefully you will have been praying for five people, and you can continue to do this.
The Diocese is running a 24 hour prayer event from 9am Saturday to 9am Sunday via Zoom.
Each hour will be hosted by different people or churches.
We are hosting the 3.00-4.00pm session using the Cluster group systems, but you could also prayer walk and there is a useful document about this attached too.
In the parish of Oakley with Wootton St Lawrence we have been running a prayer cluster ministry for many years.
The parish community is divided into thirteen neighbourhoods and Christians all background and denominations gather together each month to pray over the area in which they live.
This commitment to praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ over a specific place year upon year has been transformative in our context.
For this hour of prayer, different prayer clusters will guide us into a time of listening to God and praying over the streets and neighbourhoods in which we live.
- For new developments and areas that feel marginalised or suffering from past hurts
- For our schools
- For those who are sick and how we reach people in the current situation
- For families going through breakdown and living in stressful situations
- For those who have not yet encounter the love of God given to us in Jesus
The Archbishop of Canterbury is leading a Pentecost Service at 9.00am on Sunday morning via YouTube
On Sunday evening One Church Basingstoke are holding a Zoom Prayer event between 7.00 and 8.00pm.
The Playschool are restarting from Monday, please pray that this all goes to plan, that the children especially, can deal with the changes that will be in place and for the leaders as they adapt too.
I would stress that the Centre remains closed for everything and everybody else.
My home menagerie has shrunk as I think the bluetits and the starlings have fledged, sadly the pigeons are still around and have excavated their favourite pot so much that they are eating my tulip bulbs!
I have jumped twice now when birds have whacked into my windows leaving oily silhouettes behind which is very eerie in certain light!
On a positive note though, my seeds have been planted, and I revisited my Scout and Guide skills by square lashing the canes for the runner beans.
Yesterday at 8 am I checked my veggie patch but by 1pm I had two rows of salad leaves!
I have really loved the nature aspect of lockdown, and am trying to identify the different birdsongs now.
I have also washed pretty much everything I own including my sofa covers, putting back on again was like doing several rounds of sumo wrestling…
The highlight of my week as being given the chance to see my mum in a socially distanced outdoor meeting in the grounds of her care home.
I’ve not seen her since the middle of March apart from a couple of waving through a window moments, so it was a lovely surprise when they rang to ask me if I would like to visit.
She is nearly 89, a type 2 diabetic and a smoker, who had tested positive, but hasn’t even had a temperature… so there is a glimmer of hope and positivity even in the care home scenarios.
This weekend I hope to do a bit more gardening including a bit of relaxing in the garden too, some cooking and generally pootling about in the house.
I made some three ingredient peanut butter cookies this week, 4 minutes to make, 12 minutes to cook, not long to eat…
Whatever your weekend holds, stay alert, safe, well and very sun screened!!