5th February 2017
Jen is not well, she is not likely to recover. However she does make the effort to come to church and we are delighted to see her. Derek seems to be losing the use of his legs. He doesn’t come now; we miss him and his humour so much. We are concerned about them.
We are also concerned for Mim and Barrie who have been quietly struggling with their commitments for a few months and have finally decided to resign their elderships and responsibilities. We pray that they will find time to renew their energies as they help with more gentle activities at the church.
The other five of us are well and active, thank you very much.
We continue to lead worship at the Elms Care Home bi-monthly, much to the delight of many of the residents. They sing away at the songs they know and enjoy reminiscing with us after the service. Murray did a service in December for people who have some memory loss, which went well and was appreciated.
The chimney for the central heating boiler had to be demolished so now we cannot use the boiler. Fortunately we have electric heaters which will suffice until the situation is resolved. The colder weather has come before the resolution so now we worship in the smaller room. Cosy and intimate but not right. However in January, Mim and Barrie found an electrical solution which we are looking forward to trying out
We are really grateful to Andrew from next door. He has not only repaired the stable roof but improved it.
The survey of our buildings was quite serious, with the report taking 59 pages including a few blank pages, several pages of guidance notes and many photos. As we read it more carefully we find that some of the recommendations are superfluous, such as smoothing the parking area. Others, such as improving the base of the boiler room, can wait. Some need attention now so we have to make a programme of action, starting with the leaking guttering etc..
In April our services will start at 6.00 rather than the 6.30 we’ve had for many years. This is to avoid the dusk as we drive home again.