Christchurch Needham Market

Do you find that you have slowed down a bit during the lockdowns? Many of us seem to have had more time to ponder and have found time to enjoy being more friendly and helpful to those around us. Having time to think about what is important in life reminded me of this poem about prayer by an unknown author:

I knelt to pray when day was done
And prayed, ‘O Lord, bless everyone,
Lift from each saddened heart the pain
And let the sick be well again.’

And then I woke another day
And carelessly went on my way,
The whole day long I did not try
To wipe a tear from any eye.

I did not try to share the load
Of any brother on the road.
I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.

Yet once again when day was done
I prayed, O Lord, bless everyone.’
But as I prayed, into my ear
There came a voice that whispered clear,
‘Pause now, my child, before you pray.

Whom have you tried to bless today?
God’s sweetest blessings always go
By hands that serve him here below.’
And then I hid my face and cried,
‘Forgive me, God, I have not tried,
But let me try another day.

Shelia Norris

Sunday Services at Christchurch
Now that lockdown is easing, Christchurch will be holding Sunday Services on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 10.30am. As social distancing still applies, we have less seating available, so you do need to book a place by contacting Linda on 01449 721258 and you will be required to wear a mask.

We look forward to welcoming you to Christchurch.

Christchurch Knitting Group
During lockdowns, our members and friends have been extremely busy with their knitting and have produced so many amazing garments and toys that we are looking for local charities and organisations that might be in need of warm clothing. We continue to send large boxes of knitting to the Knit for Peace charity, which we have supported for several years, and would also like our jumpers, scarves, hats and blankets to be enjoyed locally. If you know of any organisations that need warm clothing, please contact Sheila Norris:

01449 720871 /

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