Here we find ourselves in isolation. Not sure how long you’ve been isolating but it must be around 3-4weeks. We’ve also had around 3 weeks of sunshine! The irony.
I’ve been fortunate to be working from home for the duration so am keeping busy. The online church has also kept me busy. Sermon preparation, recording, uploading, and if the upload doesn’t work, I have to do it again.
I’ve noticed a couple of people with recent diagnoses of advanced cancer. My cousin Debi was one. Sadly since starting this blog, she passed away, very quickly as a diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer. Given three months, then only a few days later after admission to a hospice she passes away. I did get a Facebook private message to her that I think she saw, but no response. She may have been too weak. I pray she took it on board as I put the gospel in there in the hope she would turn to God. Another case of advanced cancer for one of our member’s brother and son who is not a Christian. It’s times like this that make me realise the urgency to get the gospel to people. Even if they reject it, but we as Christians have a responsibility. It’s sad times. Only a week ago my mum's best friend passed away, not Covid related. It’s a lonely time to be in hospital. Without family or friends. People don’t seem to be hanging on for long.
I’m really pleased to say members are working together to send cards of encouragement to each other. Andrea sends daily messages on the WhatsApp prayer group to encourage and others do from time to time. Lots of encouraging words and prayer requests go on there.
I’m impressed at how most of you are embracing Zoom. It’s new to all of us, but most churches are now using it.
I believe God is wanting us to be an Acts 2 church. Watch my sermon of Sunday 19 April 2020. I’m starting to get more comfortable recording sermons but still having issues with the upload not working the first time. Might be to do with the fact it takes so long. I move my laptop to rest overnight and somehow the internet connection must break. I don’t discover until the morning and have to start again.
Reverend Karen Bassett first led the church from August 2005 until 2009, before taking a break, to return again in 2017. Karen holds a BA in Theology from the University of Wales. Karen has served in the Royal Naval Reserve for many years, and having been ‘called-up’ for War Duty was decorated for her front-line service during the Gulf War. She successfully passed-out of Britannia Royal Naval College as an officer, a Sub-Lieutenant, and has since been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Karen volunteers as the Squadron Chaplain to Portsmouth Air Cadets and as the Southern Area Chaplain for the Sea Cadets. Karen lives with her husband Nicholas (an ex-Royal Navy Weapon Engineer, Radar), at their home in Southsea. Karen is a keen runner, cyclist, kayaker and mountaineer, and relaxes by practicing trumpet, saxophone, guitar and drums. Karen completed her first London Marathon, in aid of The Sailors Society, in April this year.