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Message from Sr. Cathy Crawford 27 July 2021

Message from Sr. Cathy Crawford 27 July 2021


Greetings from Mongu, a cold Mongu for us as temperatures have been down for the past few weeks. We have had some nights down to 9 degrees C which is unusually low for us and even during the day a cold wind. I'm glad you are getting a little sun but if it's getting too high it's not pleasant either. Anyway, enjoy what you can of it as it probably won't last too long!


My apologies for not getting to write to you for such a long time. I have been struggling to keep on top of things for a while - so many strange things happening and not knowing what is coming next; it has certainly has been a very strange year all round with so many uncertainties and anxieties.


Overall, we have done very well and we can't complain but it has been hard going. Thankfully so-far we have all managed to survive Covid -19. A few of our sisters were positive in spite of being careful and following guidelines closely, including Sr. Mary (Vianney) in Kaoma. I was very shocked and worried for her when she got it at the end of January. She was admitted to the Levy Mwanawasa Hospital covid section and was on oxygen for a number of days. But against all odds she pulled through and has made a full and complete recovery. I think it was definitely prayer that brought her through. 


A number of our staff have also been positive, a few very sick but again thank God all survived and have made very good recoveries -with good care!  All the children have been very well and we have succeeded in protecting them from becoming infected.


One of our staff at the Lodge passed away in February but not covid related. She had TB and had many problems stacked against her. Liseli had been with us for 12 years and was a loved and trusted member of staff. It was a big shock to us all and very unexpected. 


Many of our local people passed away - Police Commissioner, Head of Emigration, Heads of many of the Churches and Lecturers at the Teacher Training College across the road. A number of Bishops, priests and many sisters have gone - we get a new list of people every day. Many prominent politicians and local leaders. The Jesuits lost two of their priests to Covid. Many of our priests here in Mongu Diocese as well as the bishop were positive but thankfully have recovered well, we have been trying to support and care for as many as possible in our area.


Last year we went into lockdown in March which was very difficult. The children eventually had to go home - Ministry of Health regulations - but we were allowed to reopen in June.  This year we went into lockdown again in May, all schools, colleges, churches, bars and restaurants have been closed since early May.  


Thankfully we have remained open and have put tight measures and guidelines in place to restrict entry from the public and, so far, we have succeeded in keeping the children safe and well. We have had the usual visits from our visiting surgeons both last year and this year so far. The third visit this year will be from September 30th. It has been amazing that we did not have to cancel any of the visits. This term we have 75 children again and it has been busy as usual. We have been working throughout which has been good.  We will close at the end of July for a short break and hopefully then be able to have our usual third term up to December. 


We have been fortunate so far to have been able to keep all our staff on full pay while many places have had to let their workers off. Our two Projects – Producing blocks/ selling building materials and our Conference Centre have continued although at a low ebb with work and business down to rock bottom. We are confident they will revive as soon as things change again, and we have to learn patience which is difficult but necessary!


Zoom meetings have taken over this side of the world as I'm sure they have in many places. They can be good to keep in touch but can become too much with so many groups wanting meetings for every small thing. I find myself choosing what and whatnot to attend, they are so time consuming and tend to go on too long!


A small number of vaccines have reached Zambia with only a few hundred thousand vaccinated so far. People are very afraid and sceptical about it and are refusing it. We briefed our staff at Cheshire Home and our Projects and gave them as much positive information as possible. As a result, about 90% have been vaccinated, we gave them the lead and sixty of us had our second vaccinations yesterday which we are happy about. Thank God not many people had side effects, a few people including myself have a sore and painful arm with headache but it's probably only a 24-hour thing.


I hope you have all been able to avail yourselves of it. It's the only way to go in spite of the constant stream of fake information that is scaring us. Hearing and following BBC World News we know what people have been through world-wide with so many devastating and tragic situations. We pray daily for people suffering and dying. We pray for friends and families so far away to be kept safe and well. You and all our friends in St. Teresa’s Parish Beaconsfield are in our prayers constantly. 


Interestingly the boxes you sent last year and in 2019 arrived a few weeks ago. God only knows where they have been all that time. But they are intact and in good condition! 


Thanks to everyone for the generous and ongoing support. Without it this past 18 months I do not know where we would have been or how we could have survived. 


We send our best wishes and blessings to each one of you for good health and safety. We keep trusting and praying that eventually all will be well ad that our world 🌎 and all people will be healed and renewed.


With love and gratitude to all at St. Teresa’s


Sr. Cathy and all in Cheshire Home, Mongu. 


Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come

Our 60 (plus!) hours of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come run from 8am on Tuesday 18th May to 9.30pm on Thursday 20th May. We will be praying in unity with our brothers and sisters from our 9 local churches in Bourne End, Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn Green.

Please click on the link below to sign- up for half an hour or more of prayer in your own home during the three days. I know from my own experience that this is more likely to happen if I sign up and make a commitment! It will be great to see as many of the hours covered in prayer as we are able, with the baton passing from one person to another as we pray:


In addition, there are lots of times when we can pray together over the 60 hours, some in person and some on Zoom, with opportunities to pray inside, outside, aloud, in silence and with a whole range of different focuses for prayer as we unite to pray "Thy Kingdom Come." Do put these in your diary and don't forget to book in to the meetings happening in-person to ensure that there is space for everyone (details below).

For prayer times happening on Zoom, you will need to save this email so you can find the Zoom links when you need them. Simply click on the correct Zoom link below at the listed start time.

Tuesday 18th May
8-8.30am Opening prayer on Zoom led by Jane (Christ Church) and Jo(Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

10.30-11.30am Prayer on Zoom, with a focus on missional and outreach opportunities and praying for new connections and new Christians led by Dave Price (Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

8-9pm Prayer for the Nation in Christ Church led by Jane (Christ Church)
To book a place at this prayer meeting which will be happening in-person, email prayer@ccfh.org.uk

Wednesday 19th May
11am to 12 noon St Paul's open for Silent Prayer
Follow the link to book a place (numbers restricted to 40): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thy-kingdom-come-silent-prayer-in-st-pauls-church-tickets-152360210491

2.30-3pm Lectio Divina on Zoom led by Rev Terry Hinks

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83969172998?pwd=OTFIK3grQ0hsakRhU3d6c2Z3Y2VWUT09

Meeting ID: 839 6917 2998

Passcode: 930920


 4-5pm Community Prayer: praying for our local community and churches on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

8-9pm Praying for those who have left the church on Zoom- led by Rev Paul and Alison Cudby (Wooburn Green)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89249853937?pwd=K0RhdDR0ZVN0bFhIZmRDR1RKNGxvUT09

 

Meeting ID: 892 4985 3937

Passcode: 851949

Thursday 20th May

7-8am Praying for Young People on Zoom -led by Dave Bitcheno (Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

12.30pm Prayer from St Mark's in person and on Zoom- led by Rev Janet Binns. If you want to attend in person there is no need to book in. Alternatively click on the Zoom link to join


Meeting ID: 342 523 774
Password: 283704

 8.30 -9.30pm Breathe- The Prayer of God's Creation, an open-air reflective service in the grounds of St Paul's Church, to close our 3 days of prayer

Our 60 hours of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come

Our 60 (plus!) hours of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come run from 8am on Tuesday 18th May to 9.30pm on Thursday 20th May. We will be praying in unity with our brothers and sisters from our 9 local churches in Bourne End, Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn Green.

Please click on the link below to sign- up for half an hour or more of prayer in your own home during the three days. I know from my own experience that this is more likely to happen if I sign up and make a commitment! It will be great to see as many of the hours covered in prayer as we are able, with the baton passing from one person to another as we pray:


In addition, there are lots of times when we can pray together over the 60 hours, some in person and some on Zoom, with opportunities to pray inside, outside, aloud, in silence and with a whole range of different focuses for prayer as we unite to pray "Thy Kingdom Come." Do put these in your diary and don't forget to book in to the meetings happening in-person to ensure that there is space for everyone (details below).

For prayer times happening on Zoom, you will need to save this email so you can find the Zoom links when you need them. Simply click on the correct Zoom link below at the listed start time.

Tuesday 18th May
8-8.30am Opening prayer on Zoom led by Jane (Christ Church) and Jo(Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

10.30-11.30am Prayer on Zoom, with a focus on missional and outreach opportunities and praying for new connections and new Christians led by Dave Price (Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

8-9pm Prayer for the Nation in Christ Church led by Jane (Christ Church)
To book a place at this prayer meeting which will be happening in-person, email prayer@ccfh.org.uk

Wednesday 19th May
11am to 12 noon St Paul's open for Silent Prayer
Follow the link to book a place (numbers restricted to 40): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thy-kingdom-come-silent-prayer-in-st-pauls-church-tickets-152360210491

2.30-3pm Lectio Divina on Zoom led by Rev Terry Hinks

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83969172998?pwd=OTFIK3grQ0hsakRhU3d6c2Z3Y2VWUT09

Meeting ID: 839 6917 2998

Passcode: 930920


 4-5pm Community Prayer: praying for our local community and churches on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

8-9pm Praying for those who have left the church on Zoom- led by Rev Paul and Alison Cudby (Wooburn Green)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89249853937?pwd=K0RhdDR0ZVN0bFhIZmRDR1RKNGxvUT09

 

Meeting ID: 892 4985 3937

Passcode: 851949

Thursday 20th May

7-8am Praying for Young People on Zoom -led by Dave Bitcheno (Community Church)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912602292?pwd=TERScHF6aFh2L2tRMThON2plS05HQT09

Meeting ID: 391 260 2292
Passcode: hello

12.30pm Prayer from St Mark's in person and on Zoom- led by Rev Janet Binns. If you want to attend in person there is no need to book in. Alternatively click on the Zoom link to join


Meeting ID: 342 523 774
Password: 283704

 8.30 -9.30pm Breathe- The Prayer of God's Creation, an open-air reflective service in the grounds of St Paul's Church, to close our 3 days of prayer

Church leaders Statement:

Church leaders Statement:


We the Church leaders of Bourne End, Flackwell Heath, Wooburn Green, and

Loudwater want to add our voices to the indignation which has been shown

across the world at the brutal killing of George Floyd, and the systematic racism that lies behind it.


We name racism as a sin that causes division and as being against the will of God,

who created all people in His own image and likeness.


It is not enough to assert that we are ‘not racist’, we must be actively anti-racist and so we commit ourselves to root out racism, in all its forms, both within our church communities and in the areas within which we are called to minister.


We affirm the words of The Bible from the book of Revelation: ‘Before the throne

of the Lamb (who is Jesus) there was a huge number from every nation, race, tribe

and language’ (Revelation 7:9). 


We declare that God loves all humanity throughout time, not just one group, one person or one period of historical time. God has made known his ways to us through Jesus who chose to become one of us and taught us to love all people.


We offer the following prayer, attributed to St Francis of Assisi, as a focus of our own

prayer for our divided world:


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen



Is that praying?

Is that praying?

I am running a race and I want to be first

Please God let me win

I say but do I pray

Is that praying?

I am plahing with my friends

And everything fine

I lost track of mine.

I am glad to be alive today, I say

To no one in particular.

Is that praying?

Things have gone wrong

An argument-a fight

I couldn’t sleep at all last night.

Is that praying?

- By Gordan Lamont


Mongu has been cancelled

Sadly, this year our fete for Mongu has been cancelled. We hope that it may be possible to have some other fundraising events towards the end of the year.

Please continue to support the London and Slough Runs. They are in need of very simple things: cereals, rice, pasta, tinned tomatoes, tinned soup, tinned meat, tinned tuna, toiletries.

Maria Cox has an abundance of chard, beetroot and spinach plants. If you would like some give her a ring on 01494 670461



I have learned

I’ve learned how to zoom, and to Skype and to share

Sunday worship on line, even though I’m not there.

So viewed as a whole, it’s not been too bad,

Though if you’ve lost friends it is terribly sad.

 

I know with God’s help this will come to an end,

We’ll be reunited with family and friend,

And when that time comes, please share in my prayer

That the hardship we’ve known will have taught us to care.

 

That we’ll find a new way to be loving and giving

As we mourn for the lost, but rejoice with the living.

As we treat these strange months as a gain, not a loss

And leave all our pain at the foot of the cross.

* Contributor: Robert 



Would it help to have a Listening Ear?

Would it help to have a Listening Ear?

If you need someone to talk to, for whatever reason, we have Listeners ready to help. 

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or visit: betterconnectedbeaconsfield.org.uk 

Tell your friends!


Younger parishioners getting into the Easter spirit!!

Younger parishioners getting into the Easter spirit!!




IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LONDON & SLOUGH RUN

  • IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LONDON & SLOUGH RUN

  • We have been advised that over the weekend the Government opened up a number of hostels in London. These are now the only places where the homeless will be able to obtain free meals.

As a result, the London Run will no longer take place but they will focus all their efforts on feeding 75 homeless people in hostels in Slough, every day of the week.

They will provide three meals a day and as a result they are now appealing for the following non-perishable goods:

  • Cereals.
  • Rice.
  • Pasta, especially spaghetti.
  • Tinned Tomatoes.
  • Tinned Soups.
  • Tinned Meat,
  • Tinned Tuna,


Toiletores



together with soft fresh fruit such as bananas, oranges, satsumas, grapes etc.


Please leave donations in the Box, labelled London Run in the Parish Centre Porch between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday, or first thing on Monday morning.


Many thanks to all who have been supporting them, please continue to support them in their new initiative. 




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