New Year Message from Julie Hobbs

Dear friends,

New Year Greetings!

 As we reflect on the past year, there is no doubt that it has been one full of uncertainty and worry. Individuals, families, health services, churches, businesses, and governments have all been impacted by the Covid 19 virus across the world. There has been immense sorrow for lives lost and everyone has faced challenges never encountered before. Yet, we start the New Year with the promise of a vaccination programme to contain the spread of this disease and to bring some normality back into our lives.

It is amazing news that the scientists have been able to work at such an incredible speed to start to roll-out an immunisation programme that would usually take many years to complete.

So, the calendar has flipped into a New Year that does bring promise to us all but, as we wait for the immunisation programmes to be rolled out, we still need patience and hope to see us through. When we look back on 2020 in years to come, I am sure that there will be several images that really sum up this year for us, clap for the careers and Major Tom are among them but the one that has most significance for me is the rainbow. The rainbow pictures in windows, placed there in a bid to cheer up people passing by. I think they have really helped to maintain morale in these difficult times. Of course, for Christians, the rainbow, by arching high over the horizon, shows the all-embracing expanse of God’s faithfulness. Remember the story of Noah and the flood? God did not let Noah and his family down and if we look to God, in our current troubles, he won’t let us down either.   He is the hope to see us through the next few months or so.

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:12-13)

Please be assured of our love and prayers for you as we continue to live through these challenging times, especially in the light of the news of the latest lockdown.  We will continue to connect with you, one way or another in the coming months. Take good care of yourselves, stay safe and do let us know if we can help or support you in any further way.

And may God bless you and keep you in His love and care.

Julie Hobbs

Licensed Lay Minister and Pastoral Care Assistant