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Going the extra mile
By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral
As I reflect over 2021, the pandemic meant that the start of the year was very difficult.
There was more time at home, not able to see family and friends, Sunday mornings in pyjamas, more home-schooling, and sadly some experienced the loss of a loved one.
The year will be remembered by people in many different ways. Many of you have contributed to something at Jubilee that has helped to show God’s love through our actions, even in a small way.
At the start of this new year, there are still challenging circumstances that we face. I am reminded that there are times when there is sadness alongside celebration.
Someone recently apologised to me about feeling ‘needy’. I remembered these verses from the bible in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…
We all go through different seasons at different times. We are praying for peace and comfort for those going through some tough times and also for blessings in 2022.
I would like to say thank you for all that you have done throughout the challenging year of 2021 and for helping to make a difference.
“Going the extra mile” is a phrase we often hear people say; as you know it comes from Matthew 5: 41: If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
At Jubilee, we hope you don’t feel forced to go the first mile, but we know many of you do go the extra mile (or two!) in the way you serve the church.
Here are a few examples of the amazing things you have contributed to over the last month:
There was a great response to our Christmas hampers appeal this year. We were able to give 22 large food bags with essential items and some Christmas treats, to local Health Visitors and Social Workers to distribute amongst the families most in need in our community.
Here are some of the messages we received:
“Thank you so much for the food hampers for the families we are supporting. They will be so grateful and you have done an amazing job.”
“Many, many thanks for your wonderful hampers, how kind of you, they are amazing!”
“Thanks again. Our families are so very grateful!”
We had a wonderful afternoon gathering to sing Carols by Candlelight and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
We were blessed with our very own Jubilee Choir, the delight of watching the children use sign language to convey the words to Silent Night and wonderful refreshments served at the end.
It was a great event to be able to share with visitors. Thank you to all involved.
We took up an offering to help the work of Wirral Change. We are partnering with them as they reach out to local Asylum Seekers and offer some practical help and counselling. Thank you for donating towards this important work.
There are many other ways you have served and supported the work of Jubilee Church this year. Dave and I are so appreciative of you serving and giving generously with your time and with your money.
THANK YOU for all that you do – however small you feel your part might be.
For those of you who go the extra mile – you are AMAZING!
THANK you so much and God bless
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?