Church services from a distance
Mrs Price is in lockdown at home with her husband Don and cat Fred. While we cannot meet in church to share the story of Jesus in person, each week Fred has kindly been giving us his feline views on Christian faith and the hope it brings. Please click on the links below to read the wise words of wisdom.
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 8th Jul 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 24 Jun 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 10 June 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 3rd June 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 27th May 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 20 May 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 13th May 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 6th of May 2020
- Fred’s Paws for Thought Wednesday 25 March 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 1 April 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 8 April 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 15 April 2020
- Fred’s paws for thought Wednesday 29 April 2020
Despite social distancing, Love, Peace, Hope and Joy still touch every heart at St James
Over the past weeks of lockdown, I have been privileged to witness the care and commitment of all the teachers and support staff at the school. Whether in school or working from home, a huge community effort has kept the children in school safe and at ease so that they can learn; while those at home and their families have been regularly contacted, supported and engaged with online learning resources. Ms McFarlane and her team have worked tirelessly to cope with the ever-changing practical guidelines on social distancing while focussing on the wellbeing of the children and their families.
Unfortunately, we are not yet able to welcome the children back into St James’ Church, but I have now been able to resume leading a worship assembly on Wednesday mornings in Jenny’s Place. It has been lovely to see the children again and to thank them warmly for the way they have responded so positively to the lockdown. Their families can be justly proud of their enthusiasm for their school and the spirit of care and compassion it models.
For those not in school yet, Fred cat has graciously agreed to continue sharing his ‘Paws for Thought’ on the website each week. He will give his feline take on what we have talked about on Wednesday mornings.
As a church, St James’ folk have continued to pray for the school so, if you have any particular concerns, please email me at email@example.com or visit our website at stjamesandstmichaelshatcham.org.
Having attended a couple of governors’ meetings as the new vice chair, I would just like to add their thanks to the staff, the children and their families for doing all they can not just to maintain some level of learning in these extraordinary times, but to actively participate in creating an environment which teaches our future leaders the important life skills of flexibility, resilience and selflessness.
Church School Liaison Officer & Vice-Chair of Governors
Prayer for school
On Wednesday 18 March it was lovely to gather at St James for what would turn out to be our last Wednesday morning assembly in church until government restrictions to tackle the coronavirus are lifted. During Lent we had been thinking about Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness alone; without food and thinking deeply about what an uncertain future might bring. As many of us enter a time of enforced isolation, worrying about whether there will be enough food or toilet rolls to go round; whether we or someone we love will become infected, we can take comfort that Jesus truly knows what we are going through. He understands the feelings of frustration and helplessness. He knows the temptation to take matters into our own hands; to stockpile, to go out and risk infection and infecting others. His response to the very human desire to put ‘me first’ was to pray to His Father God and to trust that in God’s hands all would be well. This did not bring a miraculous quick fix; Jesus chose a hard life of service to others and, in the end, He gave up His life for all God’s human children.
Whatever your belief, may I encourage you to start your day as the children at St James do with the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. The prayer that tells us God is the Father of us all. He is holy and worthy of our worship. Following His way of love and selflessness will make the world a better place. He will always give us the things we need, not necessarily the things we want. Through Jesus’ selflessness, He is generous in forgiving us for the things we do wrong and He encourages us to be generous to others. God’s spirit lives within us and, if we listen to His still, small voice, we can stand against evil and be instead an example of His love.
Finally, when all around is uncertainty and fear, take heart that God is in control and because of it we can always have faith, hope and love as a light in these dark times.
Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed by thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and glory, for ever and ever. Amen
The St James’ Church family will be praying for you all over the coming weeks. If you have a particular prayer request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Price, Church School Liaison Officer