It has been a difficult year for us all with Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions. Whilst we have not been able to reopen our Church, we were able to hold a successful picnic on the front lawn on Sunday 2nd August. All our members were invited, as were the congregation from the Gateway Community that uses our Church in the afternoons. Naturally, many people were wary about being in public and opted not to come, however, we were pleased to welcome around 18 people to the picnic.
The weather was perfect for our get together and everyone was happy to catch up and chat with people they had not seen since March. Keith White from Mill Grove popped by to say hello, bringing with him Bibles and newsletters for us to look at. We prayed for our Church, the people of Gants Hill and the wider community but, due to the current rules, we could not do any singing.
Having a picnic on the lawn meant passers by could see our Church was still functioning despite the current circumstances. Workers from Shalom Bakery also noticed us and generously gifted us four cakes, which was more than enough for our gathering. This goes to show that, irrespective of religion and what the world throws at us, there is still kindness and friendship.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon