Diane’s Thoughts: Friday 20 April

Diane’s Thoughts: Friday 20 April

Life is changing for us all just now and although we may be physically far apart we can still support each other through the tough times ahead.

At the moment it’s hard to keep up with the constant stream of news as we try to adapt our lives and most of us are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
As life moves towards a “new normal” we’re having to find new ways of being “church” as we seek to serve our community and hope that our newsletters and posts will help to bring us all closer together. As well as reflections and prayers, there will be ideas for things to do when we‘re at home, links to advice pages, and ways for us all to help our community and fun stuff too. And we want to hear from you too – we’re hoping there will be lots of comments, suggestions and pictures.

Already there has been an amazing response from our community in Bo’ness. A Coronavirus Support Group, Love Thy Neighbour, is being set up so please follow this link to their page and help if you can. Our local businesses are working very hard to keep the shops stocked with food with some now offering deliveries, Corvi’s have made a very generous offer of free meals for vulnerable children and people are already checking on their neighbours. Shop local if you can and help our small traders survive.

This will be a big strain for many people so, if you are able, please remember the foodbank. Church buildings are closed so there’s no drop off points there now but there’s still one in Tesco. Or put some in a bag at home as “Love Thy Neighbour” are looking into how to collect non perishable food items.

Although we’re all a bit scared, let’s all stick together, help one another and bring out the best in our community. Take time to stop and reflect on all the good things that are happening as we care for one another. As we step into the unknown remember we are not alone in this, God is with us always.

Have faith, have courage and keep strong ( and keep washing your hands!!)

Old Kirk