From the Rector
We are having such a strange year! I should have been back from my Sabbatical and in church with you all on Good Friday. But all our plans changed with the ‘lockdown’ that started before Easter. Rachel and I shared the Palm Sunday service, and offered as much as we could during Holy Week. Easter Sunday itself felt so strange, with no great celebrations, and no Easter egg hunt (but the Easter eggs went to the Lincoln Larder, so they were greatly appreciated anyway!). I had been looking forward to talking with everyone about the places we had visited during my sabbatical trip to Australia, but that is all on hold until we can get together again.


Our church is locked, and it looks likely that this will continue for some time. But our faith is sustaining us, and we have been creative about keeping in contact with people. We have one service on Sunday morning at 10.00am on the internet on a program called Zoom. I wish I could say I am proficient at this, but it still has a way of tripping me up each week! Still, at least we can worship together as a community, and it has the wonderful benefit of being able to see each other. On Wednesday our prayer group (Prayer Wave) happens online at 9.30, and we then have a ‘virtual’ coffee morning at 10.00 until 11.00 am. Again, this is a chance to see each other, check that people are ok, and just exchange a few bits of news. If you would like to join in with any of these, please phone me on 01673 838985 or email me on therector@stmichaelschurchwaddington.org.uk It’s relatively easy to get Zoom working on a laptop computer, a little more complicated on an ipad or other tablet device, but we can help you to walk through the stages and connect with us if you would like.

In the meantime, until we meet again in person, all our village community is in our prayers, and if you have any specific prayer requests, please do phone or email me.
Revd Annabel

From Revd Rachel Beck

What are we grateful for?

In these unprecedented times, we have been living through, it’s been easy to feel a sense of anxiety and uncertainty in the air.  I think it’s also been a time though when we have seen good things all around us, when we have seen God present in our midst.  I’ve found myself giving thanks for the everyday blessings of life, such as health, nature, technology (even the telephone) and the goodness and generosity found in humanity. 

How do we find gratitude in these difficult times though?  Perhaps looking back over the day at bedtime, finding one thing to be thankful for, or reflecting back on life, maybe looking at photos of happy memories, or by thinking about what we are hoping to be able to do again one day.  Many religious traditions, and psychology, tell us that being thankful can help to lessen anxiety and ground us in hope and peace.

Looking back, I am grateful for the time I spent with you in Waddington, for your welcome, for your generosity of hospitality, and for the experience of journeying with you for a few months.  In those first few weeks of the Covid-19 times, when I was still in Waddington, I was struck by the strength of community spirit and care for one another shown – the many offers of help, the courage to ask for help, the supporting and encouraging of one another.

Will realising what we’ve missed, and what we look forward to, give us a new appreciation for the simple freedoms of life?  For instance, when I’ve been speaking to people many have said they can’t wait to, ‘go to a friend’s house for coffee’, ‘spend time with the grandchildren’, ‘browse in a food shop’, ‘go out for a meal with family’… will we appreciate these things, like never before, when we can do them again?  What is it that you are looking forward to?

Perhaps the lovely book by Charlie Mackesy, ‘the Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse’ sums this up in the answer to the question, ‘is your glass half empty or half full?’ when the boy says, ‘I’m grateful to have a glass’.  Throughout the Bible we are called to give thanks to God for all good things, maybe this has been a time to really connect with what the good things of life are.  What are you grateful for?


Rhymes in Lockdown
 A blackbird sang in the top of a tree;
 He could have been warning his mate - about me.
 But never a warning so gently came
 From one unaware of his blackbird fame.
 
A change from canned orders, canned jingles, canned song,
 Interspersed with canned laughter, incredibly wrong,
 As our leaders in darkness still warn us with rules,
 While scared civil servants deny us the tools.

 Surely more than a warning for me,
 A song of hope from the top of a tree,
 A song of hope in the welcome rain,
 Restoring the earth to life again,
 While even in lockdown my soul was still free
To delight in a blackbird on top of a tree.

Maureen Wood


From the Parish Register
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Brian Holdsworth
Christine Evans
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