We all take our toilets, having clean water on tap, along with the associated hygiene for granted. For one third of the 7 billion people across the globe this is not the case. Toilet twinning is a scheme whereby people can, for a £60 donation, twin their toilet with one in a poor community anywhere in the world to enable them to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene. Not just individuals can twin toilets; schools, workplaces, youth groups in fact anyone can take part in this scheme. If you do this you are given a certificate with a picture of your twinned loo and the latitude and longitude and the knowledge you are helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
On Sunday 14th June at the Family Service in Orsett members of the congregation were invited to write inspirational biblical/religious messages on stones (and turn them into “God Rocks”) they may say to someone, who was going through a tough time to let them know God is there for them no matter what, in as few words as possible to fit on their stone. The idea was to then leave their stones in places for people find and maybe help them find some peace or reflection in the message that God cares regardless of their circumstances. Below are some pictures of one left for people to find
On Saturday 1st May, we gathered around a fire in Bulphan Churchyard for Forest Church. It was great to be able to meet again. We thought about St George and his fight against evil. We made swords which, upturned, became crosses and reflected upon the demons we fight in our own lives but how, with God’s strength we can overcome them and we listened to two short passages from the Message Version of the Bible.
Deuteronomy 31: 6
6 Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
Ephesians 6: 13-17
3-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
NEXT FOREST CHURCH …
Do join us for our next Forest Church which will be in Orsett Churchyard on Saturday 5th June at 4pm. All ages are welcome. Please wrap up warm and bring something to sit on.
Easter Sunday seemed to be an appropriate service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and for many their journey back into church life, however that may look into the future. Hats off to all those at Orsett for the sterling work to make the service possible and to Sue for making it feel normal in these continuing bizarre times, even down to the traditional Easter egg hunt for the junior members of the congregation after the service. It was special day for 2 young people as they took their first Communion.
On Mothering Sunday we hosted a service on Zoom. It was a joyful and also thought provoking service. We thought about the Mother Church being the largest Church in the area at which people historically worshipped on Mothering Sunday, we gave thanks for earthly mothers or those who have cared for us and we considered the mothering characteristics of Jesus. As part of the service, people were asked to draw a picture of a mother or someone who has shown them love and care and make a list of their mothering qualities. This picture is one of Janet, drawn by Dawn.