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7 March, Lent: Working on it.

It’s an excellent tool rack, isn’t it?

While I was away from the L’Arche garden in Canterbury, a few other volunteers descended on the place and made preparations for when people could come back to work, socially distanced of course. I’ve been back for a few weeks now, largely working 1:1 with me and my shadow, but sometimes socially distanced with Mr N.

We found the tool rack when we got back; there’s another one behind it. Thank you Mr B. These will save us so much time, provided of course, that everyone uses them. The tools will be accessible and visible, no hunting and heaving, not knowing if we even have a particular tool.

So perhaps a little organisation in other areas of life this Lent? I’ll say no more as Mrs T will be muttering about ‘do as I say but not as I do.’

Happy Lent!

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Going Viral XLVI: Rule of Six

Harvest display, St Mildred’s.

Another slice of parish reality from Rev Jo Richards in Canterbury.

Good morning to you all, and another lovely day. We have been blessed with some good weather…. Just to update on a few things:

Rule of Six: The Government’s ‘rule of six’: attending worship is exempt, and services as per ‘new norm’  ie the capacity of each church building whilst maintaining social distancing. However we have to be very careful about socialising after the services, particularly at St Dunstan’s where we are so visible. We can only gather outside in groups of six, socially distanced, and not to mingle across ‘groups’…it’s a hefty fine if we get caught! We do live in such difficult times, especially when the social aspect of our services is so important, but we are where we are, and have to adhere to Government rules. We are also permitted to continue with our business meetings, such as PCC’s, APCM, which are ‘business meetings of a charity’ gatherings as long as all socially distanced and covid-secure.

Thank you to all those who have feedback re the Bishop’s questions. We had an excellent zoom meeting last night to explore these questions, and likewise again today at 11.00.

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30 June, Going Viral XL: God with us in the most challenging of times.

More reflection from Rev Jo Richards of Canterbury. I hope that by the time this is published the restrictions on people attending funerals will have been eased. Thank you again for allowing us to share your reflections, Jo.

Just back from another funeral, this really is tough with so few family and friends being present, to say goodbye to someone, and this morning reading Psalm 23 seemed to speak into the situation of being comforted by God’s presence in all that we are and all that we do. That sense of God with us both in the good times, and the most challenging of times. 

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

I saw this yesterday from the Mother’s Union prayer diary, which I thought was lovely: Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all works. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.’ Corrie Ten Boom 1892- 1983.  

Rev Jo Richards,

Rector of the Benefice of St Dunstan, St Mildred and St Peter, Canterbury.

The Good Shepherd statue in St Mildred’s, Canterbury.

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