March 1st –
Well, it’s now March! Its’ almost a year since things began to shut down because of the coronavirus! But as I said before, things seem more hopeful now. Vaccines are being distributed, but supplies are very limited in comparison to the need. We do hope you are staying safe! It was just about a year ago that we were hearing more and more news stories about a dangerous virus that could affect us all. Who knew we’d be where we are now!
We at Eddington continue to use all of the expected safety measures. We disinfect the Sanctuary before every service, we are “distanced” in the pews, we pass nothing around that others might touch, and masks are required. And all meetings of boards and committees are by Zoom.
This will continue. At the same time, we will continue to work toward re-introducing other elements of worship, such as choir, and congregational singing. But we will continue to monitor the news and listen for recommendations from official sources. And, regardless of what happens in the days to come. we will continue to stream our services on-line. So as we keep saying, if you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable, please stay home and watch on FaceBook Live.
In the meantime, we continue to be very grateful for the technology that has allowed us to worship, and have meetings, and conduct the business of the church “virtually!” Who knows what things would have looked like if this crisis had hit 15 to 20 years ago when we didn’t have all that technology! So, please keep watching the FaceBook Live worship services on Sunday at 11:00. You can view all the videos on our “On-Line Worship” page. It’s under the “Worship” button above. (or click the big blue button on the home page that says “See On-Line Worship Videos.”)
We also encourage you to continue to “like” and “share” the videos on FaceBook when you see them! That spreads them to others. You can also click the “share” icon on the web video. Also, tell your friends and family so they can tune in on Sunday, or watch later.
In the meantime, please take time to reach out to each other during these extraordinary times. Remember, “social distancing” does not mean “social isolation.” We are blessed with so many different ways we can make connections with each other!
Throughout this crisis, we all need to be reminded of the importance of continuing our support of Eddington Church. The bills don’t stop, even though, for a time, we will be unable to put money in a collection plate. Please know that your giving is still important! We ask that it please continue.
Some have asked what’s the best way to give? There are several ways. Those who use an on-line services such Quicken or a bank bill payer service can continue to do that. Or, checks may be mailed to the church. Or, if you are a PayPal oriented person, you may send money through that service to the church email address – email@example.com.
Again thank you for your much needed support in this difficult time!
I’m going to leave this C. S. Lewis quote on this page for a while. I think it’s a good one! Again, it comes from a time when the world was in the grips of another crisis – the invention of the atomic bomb.
From “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) C. S. Lewis
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”