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Vicar: Revd Anthony Giles: 0115 965 3727
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The Benefice of Epperstone, Gonalston, Oxton and Woodborough
A Message from Revd Anthony Giles
I wonder how you are doing this week.
Each day I spend time praying for our communities across the benefice. Many of you have asked me to pray for your friends and loved ones, and I want to assure you that my prayers continue for them.
As well as spending time in prayer each morning, I also have a round of phone-calls. It has been lovely to spend time in conversation with folk and to discover how they are spending their time and connecting with loved ones during the lock-down. I have been inspired by stories of new hobbies, time spent getting all those jobs done that have been hanging around on the to-do list and the challenges that you are setting family members by way of keeping each other entertained. Maybe you’re learning a new language or picking up a long neglected musical instrument. I’ve rediscovered my paint brushes and oils. Time will tell if I’ve still any talent!
This situation offers the opportunity to get creative about how we spend our time. I wonder what we will have learned about ourselves and our place in the community by the time the restrictions are lifted.
But the truth is that there are days when we just don’t feel like doing anything. Some days we feel positive and can get on with things, while on other days we feel low, disoriented and out of sorts.
Learning new ways of communication and missing being with friends and family can leave us feeling overwhelmed, alongside which, can be sadness and a sense of loss that comes with change. Add to that the anxiety we carry for our loved ones, and the overwhelming sense of grief that we know many are feeling, it is little wonder that there are days when we can really struggle. It’s at times like this when we need to be kind and not expect too much of ourselves or others. We need to know that it is okay to have days like that; its okay to not be okay.
Giving each other permission to be honest about how we feel can be really helpful. We don’t always have to put on a brave face. That is why it is so important that, as a community, we keep doing things that help to keep spirits up.
I am reminded in these days following Easter of how the disciples remained in their own lockdown ‘for fear of the authorities’ we are told. Having seen Jesus resurrected, they still hold onto fear and uncertainty. Life had changed, it would be some time before their confidence changed, and yet it did.
What we do know is they held each other in care though those waiting days. May we hold each other and our neighbours, our NHS and CARE workers, and all key workers in love, prayer and care. And be encouraged that someone is praying for you too.
Join Anthony for Sunday Worship
Each Sunday Anthony will host a short act of worship each Sunday at 10.00a.m via You Tube.
Due to YouTube restrictions, the link has to change each week, so please return to this page each Sunday where the current week’s link will be published as soon as we have it from Anthony.
We will also be sending an email to all of our registered readers when the new links are available. If you are not already registered, full details are available on page 1.
If you miss the video, the link will be live for several days.
The link for the service for Sunday 24th May is
Local Food Banks
Some of you have been asking about the local food banks are faring, and how best we can support them.
Sadly St. Martha’s Foodbank in Broxtowe, has had to close temporarily. It is not in a position to accept any food donations for the time being. There may be an opportunity to support them financially in the weeks to come.
St. Ann’s Food Bank is still accepting food donations (tinned and dried goods). Please leave these in the Vicarage porch and let Anthony know you’re doing so.
However, the best option is to support them financially, through their Just Giving page
Christian Aid Week 10-16th May
It’ll come as no surprise to discover that, there will be no donation envelopes, door to door collections or events this year.
Instead we are being asked to donate either by phone (020 7523 2493) or via their online appeal