Corona Virus and Your Church

Welcome to our October Newsletter. This is the time when we would normally be looking forward to our Harvest Festival Service and Jim’s auction of the produce. With the continuing news of Covid-19 and the rise in figures in the whole of France, your Council has decided to continue with online Services at least until the new year. Jacqui and all the CWL’s are planning both the Harvest Festival and the Remembrance Service as virtual Zoom Services. These are special events where both Stafford and Brenda will be contributing also.

We continue to thank Eddy in particular in making these events available. As an interim thank you on your behalf, St Michael’s took Eddy and Marion to lunch in the Brasserie of the Château d’Arpaillargues. They also had a bottle of Champagne to enjoy at home.

We at St Michael’s are no exception. As your Council we have thought long and hard. We have had meaningful discussions and are considering different possibilities. However the number of cases in France has increased substantially in the last weeks and at the moment shows no sign of abating.

We are meeting on a very regular basis to further explore our options. Unfortunately we do not yet believe we can offer safe Services. We will continue to keep you up-to-date with developments.

Eddy and Marion continue to provide a Zoom Service every two weeks. This is not something that suits everyone but it is a safe alternative. We thank them for this personal initiative to which so many of our congregation attend plus some of our friends in the UK too.

 

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October 2020 Newsletter

Thought for the month Provided by Roger Neal – Congregational Worship Leader

 

Harvest Reflections

What a year this has been. Spring and summer have been and gone – did they happen at all? – and now we have a limited amount of freedom we are able to get out and about again to enjoy and appreciate – at a distance – the wonderful area in which we live. The weather for the most part remains warm and sunny, the fields are golden with crops and bursting with the colour of ripening vines.

So here you are, cruising through the vines, pleased to be out on the road again, muttering at groups of cyclists who seem to occupy the whole road and hoping they don’t understand English, rounding a bend and coming up behind the ponderous majesty of a grape picker. On closer inspection over the next ten to fifteen minutes you conclude that it is actually a convoy of two tractors with overflowing trailers as well as the grape picker. At this point the wonder of the harvest season begins to wear a bit thin. I wager that most people at this point do not start singing songs of everlasting praise to God for His generous provision, or blessing the farmers for the work that they do to put food on our plates!

So here is your challenge. If you get stuck on your travels behind a tractor or any other mysteriously shaped implement of the sod, (by which I mean, of course, the soil!) take it as an opportunity for reflection, for thanksgiving and for praise. Why? Because praising God should become a matter of habit and because we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the farmers who are often taken for granted by those who have become detached from the source of our food.

Climate change, population growth and more recently shortages caused by the covid crisis, mean that it is more difficult to produce enough food for the world’s needs. Global markets, political mismanagement and the power of global enterprise are putting countless family farms and local businesses at risk,

So, when you get stuck behind that grape picker, take a deep breath, smile and wave at the driver and ask for God’s blessing on his family and work. Reflect on our relationship with the land as the God given source of all our well-being and praise God from whom all blessings flow.