First Word August 2020


Welcome Back - Living through Covid: Back in March I wrote about the calm after the storm referring to storm Ciara and Dennis. Little did we know that a very different type of storm was about to burst upon the world in the form of Covid 19. As many of our deliverers are over 70 and therefore shielding and following advice from London it was deemed necessary to halt production of the Nar Valley News until the UK was beginning to come out of lockdown. Well here we are again with thanks to all who are involved in the production and distribution of this magazine. We aim to produce a bi-monthly Nar Valley News through to the year end In this issue we have tried to catch up on four months news. We hope that several of you have been following our Livestreaming of Sunday Service. Our churches were -reopened for private prayer as soon as permission was granted and re-opened for public worship from Sunday 19 July. There are some changes so do check the schedule – most importantly the main service time has moved to 10.30am. I share with you a poem by Kitty O’Meara which speaks volumes to all that we have lived through and are continuing to observe. “and the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones during this period. As we return to a more normal order of life the one thing that is certain is that the new normal will be different from the old normal. STAY ALERT: STAY SAFE: SAVE THE NHS: God protect you and bless you all. Fr. Stuart Nairn.