… but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
14th June 2021
Dear St Paul’s Church family,
I mentioned during the sermon last week (13th June) that we’re planning to begin a church-wide period of reflection on what we’ve been through during the Covid-19 Pandemic. I'm calling it Learning from Lockdown. Here’s what I said:
“Over the next few months, we, as a church, would like to begin a process of reflecting on our lockdown experience as Christian people in the church. Because being a Christian doesn’t mean pretending everything is fine. Nor does it mean ignoring the past – as much as we sometimes want to. It’s good for us to name and to reflect on what we’ve been through and what God is doing in us through it. And so, we want to provide opportunities for people:
To share how it’s been – both good and bad;
To lament what we’ve lost;
To give thanks for God’s goodness in and through our suffering;
To learn from what God has taught us;
And to pray – entrusting ourselves to God going forward.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in all sorts of ways. Many will need the opportunity to talk about their griefs, experiences, and perhaps, ongoing fears. All of us will need help to look forward with hope and confidence in Christ. In the language of Isaiah 40:31, we will need our strength renewed. Our prayer is that Learning from Lockdown is a means towards that end.
Learning from Lockdown is not intended to be an additional ministry. Nor is it intended to be an additional burden on anyone. Rather, connected to our ongoing Sunday services and midweek ministries, my hope is that it provides a specific focus, with targetted resources, during this particular and important time in the life of our church.
I’d love for everyone, including children, young people, and those newer to St Paul’s, to enter into this. May the Lord renew and grow us all through it.