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During the lockdown, Holme Christian Fellowship meet online This picture shows one of the early meetings when 28 joined together for the Sunday morning

   

   

   

Shalom is the word of greeting in both Hebrew and Arabic. But this word means far more than a simple "Hello", "Hi", "Good morning" that we would use in English.

In it's most simple translation it expresses  a blessing of peace on the person you are greeting. But the full meaning is much greater. It means wholeness, wellness, well-being, safety, happy, friendly, favour, completeness, to make peace, peace offering, secure, to prosper, to be victorious, to be content, tranquil, quiet, restfu

The noun shalom is derived from the verb shalam which means " to restore" in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole or complete. So shalom is used to describe those of us who have been provided all that is needed to be whole or complete and break off all authority that would attempt to bind us to chaos.

At this challenging time in the whole world we wish you Shalom

 

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Courage in hard times (Psalm 46)

Twice in a day, Chris and I were reminded of that wonderful psalm 46. It starts with “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. 

Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea.”

 At this present time, many people are fearful and concerned as to their future.

 A feeling of being cared for and supported can help sustain us when we’re facing a challenge. 

An awareness of God’s presence and support can especially bring hope to encourage our spirit.

 Palm 46 is a favourite of many people going through trials. It reminds us

 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” and “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us.”

Reminding ourselves of God’s promises and His presence with us can be a means to help renew our hearts and give us the courage and confidence to go through hard times.

Sandra

   

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A message to all our Negative UK Media

  - including Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC, Robert Peston of ITV, Beth Rigby of Sky, Piers Morgan of ITV, BBC News in general and all the other negative UK press.

Journalism is missing the "mood" in this great country of ours - the United Kingdom. We do not want or need blame. We do not want constant criticism of our Government who are doing their very best in a very difficult and unprecedented global emergency.

We want and need a constructive contribution to the national effort to help us out of this crisis. We need hope, optimism and faith, with less negativity and more positive support from these journalists. It is time you all changed your negative and political rhetoric for the health of this nation and start supporting our Government.

   

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A time of Testing

During the whole of 2019 my health had begun to deteriorate, my energy was draining away.

The diagnosis was anaemia and despite medication to counter this, there was no improvement. 

Eventually at the end of the year I was to begin a series of examinations which led ultimately to the diagnosis of a growth in my large intestine 

.I remember at one point before the examinations begin of having a panic attack during which time, I asked Jesus to give me peace – and He did.

  This peace remained with me all through the examinations and through my time with the consultant as she gave me the diagnosis, advising the removal of a section of my intestine and the re-joining it with the small intestine.

The two nurses who were with the consultant kept asking my responses to the information I had just received. 

At first, I could not understand why the were so concerned at my answers, when I realised that I was covered with such peace – the peace which Jesus promised would be beyond our understanding!

On the 20th March I underwent the operation. (The day of the national shut down.) Beforehand the various doctors go through the obligatory advising all the risks that are involved in the procedure which is to take place. Again, I was at peace. 

However, right at the last minute as I was to be taken to theatre, a doctor returned and mention one of the risks had not been mentioned. I panicked! I just prayed that I would not end up with a stoma bag – I didn’t.

The operation was by key-hole surgery and such was the process of healing I was able to be released on the fourth day after the operation. 

Bearing in mind that things were changing rapidly with the onslaught of the coronavirus, restrictions were being made which meant my wife could not visit me, the release on the fourth day was a miracle as two of the men in the ward had already been in for ten days when I arrived and were still there when I left.

My healing progresses as I write this testimony four weeks after my operation.  

At a time, when as a people and nation, we are being tested by all the news to be overcome with fear – let us remember the promise that Jesus gives us “Peace I leave with you; I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV)

Eric  March 2020

  

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Thank you to all who have been praying for me over the last few months when it was found that I had a cancerous tumour in my large intestine, I heard from the hospital today that I have the all clear and am now on a five year monitoring programme.

Thank you to all the staff at Castle Hill Hospital who looked after me during my surgery to remove the tumour and their aftercare.. thank God for his healing touch on my life

Eric  May 2020

   

         

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There is Hope

We all need hope, it is a basic requirement of all mankind!

The Oxford dictionary defines hope ‘as feeling that something you want may happen,’

What a contrast to our understanding as Christians of how we view and experience hope. Our hope is not in some vague feeling but in our Father God, everlasting, immovable, unchangeable. 

As the hymn writer put it, ‘Our hope is built on nothing less, but Jesus love and righteousness.’ He is our firm and sure foundation an anchor for our souls. (2 Timothy 2:19 & Hebrews 6:19)

Look at the difference between the worlds hope and ours as believers. Theirs is based around secular humanism, with man at its centre. 

Pre-eminently in science, technology, education, evolution, health care and government etc., although not evil in themselves, will lead to disappointment. Whereas we have an eternal hope, which will never disappoint. As Romans 5:5 says ‘And this expectation (hope) does not disappoint us, for God has poured out His love into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit, He has given us.’

Today with Coronavirus the worlds hope is being placed in science and the NHS particularly, but none are alleviating the fear being produced by the media.

But we have a hope that is steadfast and sure in a God of miracles, signs and wonders. The God of our salvation. We are safe and secure in His hands. As the Psalmist put it in psalm 23 ‘Goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life.’

He is the One who goes in front of us; is with us; and is behind us.

Mike Hardy.

  

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Serving the Community -the village foodbank

Until recently, the HoSM foodbank operated out of the Old School on a Friday morning between 11 and 12. Customers would browse what was available and choose what they needed and wanted, and a group of cheerful volunteers would set up, put away and supervise. Donations of food and toiletries could be received at various places, including the Holme Christian Fellowship Coffee Shop.

But when the lockdown came, things had to change. The Coffee Shop had to close, and a new donation point was found at Margaret’s DIY on Runner End.

.The East Riding Council took over the Village Hall to act as a ‘hub’

 So foodbank supplies were taken there and unpacked, rather than living in stacked boxes in the Vicarage garage. Many of the foodbank volunteers were in the vulnerable category, or had vulnerable family members to look after, so it was decided that I would run the foodbank single-handed. My regular daily duties had shrunk enormously – no more visiting the sick, for example – and I live on my own, so pose no danger to anyone there.  

Instead of customers browsing – the Village Hall is not open to the public – I either get a telephone call or an email, and customers give me their shopping list. I then find them what they want (if we have it), add one or two extras, drop the bag of goodies on their doorstep, and leave, so there is no physical contact. This service is effectively available six mornings a week except Saturdays.

Donations are also collected regularly, checked for date, and added to the stocks. You might be surprised at what people give. Along with lots of good and valuable stuff, there is the occasional surprise (such as pink grapefruit tonic water or six jars of salsa dip) and the odd shock – such as porridge with a best-before date well before the turn of the century. And yes, we have toilet roll!

We are also getting spare stock from Laverack’s bakery, and some very generous financial donations, which means I go shopping perhaps rather too frequently to fill up on the popular items we run short of, such as fruit juice, coffee, washing-up liquid, tinned meat and fruit, and so on.

Our customers come in all shapes and sizes, but especially the elderly and young families. And of course there has been an increase as some people lose jobs and income. We do not turn anyone away, or ask any awkward questions. If someone is hungry, we feed them. And although our volunteers are by no means all Christians, as far as I am concerned, I work the foodbank because I believe it to be part of my Christian duty. ‘I was hungry, and you gave me food’ (Matthew 25:35).

To those who give to the foodbank, may I say a heartfelt thanks from myself and from all our customers.

Stephen

Revd Canon Stephen Cope

Rector, the Holme and Seaton Ross Group

     

      

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Did the virus steal Easter?

T’was early in ’20 when the virus began, bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.eople were sick, hospitals full, doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen. They YouTubed and Zoomed, social distanced and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed. “There won’t be an Easter”, the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services and egg hunts are out. No reason for dresses when we can’t go out”.

 “Easter can’t happen this year.” It proclaimed. “Online and at home, it won’t be the same”.

The World woke Sunday and nothing had changed. The virus still menaced, the people estranged.

 “They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do! Their mouths will hang open a minute or two and then all the saints will cry ‘Boohoo’

.”That noise”, said the world, “will be something to hear”. So it paused and then put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming down through the skies, It started down low then started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed. Why, this sound was triumphant! It couldn’t be so! But it grew in abundance!

The world stared round, popping its eyes. Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small, was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

It came without bonnets. It came without bunnies. It came without egg hunts, cantatas or money.

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before. “Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then? Well…the story’s not done. What will YOU do? 

Will you share with that one or two or more people needing hope this night? Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty but so is the tomb and Jesus is Victor over death, doom and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer as the virus still rages around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people. May the world see the church is not a building or steeple

May the world find faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection May the world find joy in a time of dejection.

May year 2020 be known as the year of survival, but, not only that, may it start a revival.

With love from a social distance and much more.

  

  

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Pastor: Robert Templey Tel: 01430 860997 Email:robert.templey3@btinternet.com

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