Here is a pastoral letter from Rev Hilary Cheng, a Minister in the Forest Circuit:
Do you find that in lockdown the days all feel the same? I
have to remind myself which day it is on a daily basis so that I remember what
I am supposed to be doing! Saturdays and
Sundays can also blend into the weekdays, unless we mark them out as special.
There is a Bank Holiday coming up on Monday 25 May, so don’t
be taken by surprise. This week also has a special day in it. Thursday 21 May was Ascension Day, the day
when we remember Jesus took his disciples to a hilltop where he told them he
was leaving them and to wait for power
to come upon them. A cloud passed by
and Jesus was taken up into heaven. It’s
hard to imagine isn’t it?
Many years ago, I went to a Flower Festival where the theme
was the seasons of the church year. I
was taken by the arrangement that had been created depicting the
ascension. The flowers on the altar were
white, and a piece of net curtain or voile had been used to take the eyes up to
the rafters of the church. It was a
dramatic arrangement and gave me lots to think about.
This week is also Mental Health week. Inevitably, many people with mental health
issues are struggling at this time.
Regular social contact with coffee morning groups, day care centres, and
initiatives provided by Health care Centres, have largely stopped, due to the
pandemic, leaving mental health sufferers without their usual structure in
place offering help and support. Please remember those who are finding life
difficult in your prayers
Eight weeks into lockdown, it may be hard to find things to
do to keep you occupied. The jigsaws may
all have been completed. Your garden may look immaculate. You may have tried a number of new recipes,
been for several walks, and still you have time to fill. Don’t forget to thank God for his provision,
and for the good things we receive day by day.
There are many websites on the internet providing a thought for the
day. If you don’t have access to
technology, read a chapter or two of the Bible.
Luke’s gospel is a good place to start, and then read on into the Acts
of the Apostles, also written by Luke, and the sequel to the gospel.
We have the benefit of beautiful weather, so if you can,
appreciate the beauty of nature, the unrivalled birdsong that fills the air and
the clarity of the skies. They are all
little things but each may bring gladness to your heart.
Stay blessed, keep well, and may God be with you,
Here is a poem to think on:
Empty stands the church and silent,
closed and doors secured
Walk completely round the building
order, rest assured.
But surely there’s something missing
congregation, we’re not there
There’s no organ playing. There’s no singing
surprising, no one’s there.
There’s no one to bid us welcome
one to lead our prayers.
There’s no one to read the Bible
communion, you’re not there.
Wait awhile in meditation
you hear the angels’ singing?
Can you feel a Holy presence
fear and calmness bringing?
Bow your head in contemplation
no worries, someone’s near
This is your Emmaus journey
Hallelujah,HE IS HERE !
Stowe May 2020
Thank you for visiting the
hope that you will find these pages useful and we warmly invite you to join us
for worship at any of our churches. Each of our churches works to make the love
of God known and to share the Good News of the Gospel through worship and
witness and through the work the members do within their local communities.
Circuit Leadership Team, ministers and lay representatives are jointly
responsible for overseeing the life and work of the Methodist churches under
the team ministry.
In Forest Circuit we have twelve churches across the London
Borough of Waltham Forest, Wanstead and Loughton.
The churches in Forest
Circuit exist to proclaim the Gospel of Christ by helping people to find and follow Jesus in an ever-changing world.
Our aim is to be a Christ-centred welcoming Circuit, reaching out to the
community, encouraging followers of Christ and demonstrating God’s love in such
a way that others cannot ignore it.
In Forest Methodist
Circuit through the hiring out of our premises we aim to help create a sense of
community in the neighbourhoods where people live and work. We hope that an
increased sense of community will lead to more personal involvement and more
cultural, educational and social activities, which will create a better
community and a better place for us to live: communities where the presence of
God can more clearly be seen.
you would like to contact our Circuit Office for more information, please call
the Circuit Administrator on 020 8558 7645 or email us on
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