When I was a child I had a book called 'Things to make and do' which came in useful on rainy days. This email feels a bit like that book, with plenty of suggestions for you to do.
First: don't forget that we are open to receive donations for the Waterloo Hub homeless hotel and for the Foodbank, between 2 and 5 this afternoon.
Second: you have probably heard that St John's is allowed to reopen, from next Monday 15th June, for private prayer. We are going to open from 12 noon to 2pm Monday to Friday. We will use the side door, from the churchyard, so that people have direct access to the Lady Chapel for prayer. We will put notices up outside and send emails/tweets so that people know. Disabled access will be through the front doors. All necessary sanitising and social distancing measures will be in place. The toilets will be locked with the key available.
We need two volunteers to be present in church for each day, from 12 noon to 2pm. Would you be able to volunteer? If so, could you complete this Google Doc with your name? Lisa or I will be on hand to respond to any queries or issues that might arise.
Third: The first-ever on-line, digi-Column Inches is here! You'll recognise familiar sections but now you can click-through to hear bees, bells and live home-grown music. It features a broad spectrum of the congregation, the Ascension Day Zoom service back in St John's but socially-distanced, as well as links to Okusinza, the Waterloo Festival and weekly worship - altogether, a record or sorts of the parish in an historic time. In the St John's section, reached through the menu, there are links to the
Parish Community Audit for you and your neighbours/friends to complete. This digi-Column Inches is very much a work in progress, so please give it a read and feedback your honest views and suggestions in the boxes at the bottom of each page. If you want to print it, press the print button the bottom of each page.
Fourth: We would welcome YOUR PICTURE HERE! If you'd like your photo to be in church, please make a donation and then send the photo to Lisa.
Fifth, I am very pleased to let you know about the next Faith for the Climate webinar featuring Rabbi Jeffrey Newman and Olivia Fuchs of EcoDharma. Faith, Covid-19 & Climate Change is on Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 2-3pm The global Covid-19 pandemic has created grave uncertainties across the world. In response, governments have brought in extraordinary measures to curb the spread of the virus as well as the implementation of economic packages across the globe which has not been seen in our lifetimes.
Our conversation with Rabbi Jeff Newman and Olivia Fuchs will explore what the global health crisis means for the ongoing climate crisis. Do faith communities have the ability to continue tackling climate change? What can faith communities contribute to green, clean and more resilient rebuilding efforts post-Covid-19? How can we influence the actions of governments at different levels?
(I am Chair of Faith for the Climate. This webinar is highly recommended!)
Sixth: Mike Mullins has let me know about this on-line retreat he is organising. 'Re-Discovering Your Best Self' Stay at Home Retreat Friday 10th - Friday 17th July, 2020
"During the COVID-19 lockdown you may be experiencing challenging living and working conditions which might leave you feeling uncertain, disorientated perhaps even a bit lost. These pressures and for some, just slowing down and having time to notice and reflect on your life, may be prompting some big questions: 'Do I want to continue leading my life this way?", "Is this really the work I want to do? "What would really make me fulfilled and happy?" "What's the right thing to do?". You might be considering what you want from this 'new normal', what will bring greater meaning and fulfilment in your life? The retreat will help you to think through these questions, with support and guidance from facilitators Cathy Brown and Mike Mullins."
For more information and costs, contact Mike.
Seventh, if you are still wondering what to do with the rest of the day, check out Shanon's interview with Michaiah Mukiibi our wonderful organist on the Festival website as well as all the other amazing content.
I think that's enough for one day.
With my love, as ever, and much prayer for you all,