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Here is a pastoral letter from Rev Hilary Cheng, a Minister in the Forest Circuit:
As recommended by my friends, I have recently seen the film
‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, which was viewed on iPlayer. I remember reading the book about 10 years
ago, but loved the film. It is well
worth watching if you have the opportunity. It is set in Guernsey just after
the war, but the storyline takes you back to extracts from the war. As you will
be aware, the only part of Britain that was occupied during WWII were the
In recent weeks we have been thinking about World War II
with the commemoration of the 75 Anniversary of VE Day earlier in
May. June 6 is D-Day, the
day when we remember the D-Day landings in Dunkirk. In 1944 a flotilla of
British boats set out to cross the channel and rescue British troops who were
stranded on the Normandy beaches.
August will bring the commemoration of the 75
anniversary of VJ Day, and if we are out of lockdown there may be some form of
celebration for the VE Day then. But on
that, we must wait and see.
Have you noticed that poppies are blooming? They stand out because of their red
colour. If you are able to get out, you
may have noticed wild poppies growing on all sorts of bits of waste ground,
often at the roadside or amongst cornflowers and sometimes amongst field crops.
Poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of the soldiers who died in war
time, following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders during the
I find it even more symbolic that poppies usually grow on
ground that has been churned up, both by the farmer who may have ploughed a
field and disturbed the earth, or the bombs that landed in fields, displacing
the soil. Their poignant colour reminds us of those who lost their lives for
We may still be in lockdown, but restrictions are gradually
being lifted. There is no word about
churches reopening yet, so we must continue to care for each other by phone and
Unlike the people of
Guernsey during the war, we still have our freedom. It may not always feel like that but God has
been generous to us and continues to provide for our needs.
Thank you God for the humble poppy, and for the beauty of
her presence at this time of year,
READ THIS ENCOURAGING ARTICLE FROM THE WALTHAM FOREST ECHO ABOUT CHALLENGES OF THE CORONA VIRUS:
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
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In Forest Circuit we have twelve churches across the London
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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.
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