‘At the heart of the community’
Minister: Rev Derek Grimshaw
01473 805486 / [email protected]
Contact: Ms R Palmer: 01473 831117
Today is one of those days where I don’t object too much to being shut inside because of the pandemic. I watched the snow get gradually worse on Sunday 7 February and then it snowed pretty well all of Monday. The wind whipped up the snow on the fields opposite and we had drifts several inches deep in our garden. It’s now lunchtime on Tuesday 9 and it’s still snowing, the drifts continue to deepen and I’m really glad that I can sit in the warmth of the house and look out at the snow without having to venture out into it.
In my past life, before becoming a minister, I would have had no option but to get up early and turn out for work whatever the weather, sometimes trudging through deep snow to get there on foot. I will always remember one particular evening in the late 1970s when there had been an appreciable fall of snow and the company I worked for had let staff members go home early.
Believing I knew better than anyone else, I left at my usual time, only to find the road outside blocked solid with buses and cars stuck in the deep snow.
Fortunately, I had a pair of wellies in the car so I donned them and my big coat and set off to walk the three miles home. The police had closed the road due to drifting and I recall walking through snow in the darkness with snowbanks on the fields that were maybe five feet higher than the road and the snow being whipped up and blown across my head by heavy winds.
Today, I would use my phone and take a picture but it wasn’t so simple in those days. I didn’t have a camera with me and I doubt that I would have had the skill to do justice to the scene.
I am reminded that things are not normally all bad. People enjoy the snowy weather and doesn’t the world suddenly look so different. It will soon pass and before long we will see all the shoots of new life. In much the same way, the pandemic will pass. Life might not look the same as it did a year ago but it is up to us to make the post-pandemic world the best it can be.
Enjoy the snow, make the most of the opportunities the pandemic offers and keep as safe as you can do.
With best wishes, Derek
A warm hello to all the groups we usually meet with throughout the year and have missed these past 12 months. We think of the children and staff at playgroup, the residents at Cherryfields, those from the village who support our coffee mornings, [email protected] and, of course, our Women’s Network friends.
We remember you all in our prayers. In these trying and difficult times perhaps we should take St Paul’s advice when he said: “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done.”
God bless you, Olive