I do hope that you and yours are all well.
All remained well at the Church when I checked it and prayed for everyone while I was there on Monday. I attach a photograph of the window we look at from the coffee area. The sunlight is making the windows particularly fine during these weeks of lock-down and all is ready for when we are all able to return in body as well as in mind and soul. As show in the other internal photo our pew seats are awaiting us. To ensure that all looks well in these photos and for any others I dusted all the woodwork this week and removed one or two cobwebs. Paul has been busy outside with me as his go-for. He has been watering all the flower tubs which are flourishing and as shown in last photo he was busy today weeding all round the church and clearing the drainage gulleys. All looks very welcoming.
There is a prayer by Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference, which seems particularly appropriate for the continuation of our lock-down efforts and for the sacrifices people are making for each other:
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours' safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God.
giving and loving
wherever we are
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
God Bless Us and Keep us All.
All Good Wishes,
12th May 2020
When I did my weekly check on the Church interior on Monday it looked lovely with the Spring sunlight streaming in as shown in the attached photos. All appeared well as I looked over the interior and as I offered prayers on behalf of you, the remainder of the congregation, the town and the crisis. I am sure that we can all think of services in the Church when it looked just as it did on Monday.
The local British Legion had been in touch with Stephen to ask to temporarily remove their Standard from the Soldiers' Chapel so that the Standard bearer could dip it in electronic/virtual co-ordination with others throughout the country on the commemoration of V E Day on 8th May. I was able to facilitate this. We will have the satisfaction of knowing that on V E Day the Brampton Standard is honouring all involved not only on that momentous Day but also in all that led to that Day.
Today, Tuesday, has also be notable as the scaffolding was removed from the Church exterior. The work of pointing has been done so well that it is difficult to pick out from ground level. I am very grateful to our neighbours' good humour in suffering a degree of inconvenience and poor views during the works. I am also grateful to the good work of the stonemasons who seemed to get on well with the neighbours and carefully brushed up at the end of each day. All that is left for the firm to do is finishing the replacement of decayed stonework on the vestry wall where it gets splashed with road salt. The third photo shows Ian Askins himself removing the damaged stones ready for the delivery of the replacement stones from the quarry near Annan. The removal of the scaffolding also allowed Paul to plant up the two empty tubs in front of the Church. I was allowed to act as a gardening dogsbody carrying plants to their planting positions and coming along to water after the planting was done. Paul is due many thanks for making this frontage look so good.
I hope that you will all continue well.
God Bless You and Yours.
All Good Wishes.
Lily Hopkins, Churchwarden
28th April 2020