the lockdown, Holme Christian Fellowship meet online This picture shows
one of the early meetings when 28 joined together for the Sunday morning
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
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,
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.
this challenging time in the whole world we wish you Shalom
Courage in hard times
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
.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
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)
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.
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
all need hope, it is a basic requirement of all mankind!
Oxford dictionary defines hope ‘as feeling that something you
want may happen,’
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.
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 &
at the difference between the worlds hope and ours as believers.
Theirs is based around secular humanism, with man at its
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.’
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.
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
is the One who goes in front of us; is with us; and is behind
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
.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
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
Revd Canon Stephen Cope
Rector, the Holme and
Seaton Ross Group
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
People hid in their
homes from the enemy unseen. They YouTubed and Zoomed, social distanced
April approached and
churches were closed. “There won’t be an Easter”, the world
“There won’t be
church services and egg hunts are out. No reason for dresses when we
can’t go out”.
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.
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
But the sound wasn’t
depressed. Why, this sound was triumphant! It couldn’t be so!
But it grew in
The world stared round,
popping its eyes. Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking
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
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
So this year at Easter,
let this be our prayer as the virus still rages around,
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
May year 2020 be known
as the year of survival, but, not only that, may it start a revival.
love from a social distance and much more.
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