Welcome

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Cluster web site 

We are living in strange times, and we are permitted to open our churches for private prayer and worship.
The Churchwardens are working hard to ensure that the churches will be safe places for people to visit.

Currently there are no Sunday Services being held in the cluster, one line services are aviable, via zoom or on the audio page of this site.   

If you wish to obtain the zoom link for Sunday worship please email atlanticcoastcluster@btinternet.com  

if you know of someone who has not got internet access then the daily service can be
accessed by phoning 01872 308750 it is charged as local call,
the service will start after a moments pause, please share this with those you know who may like this.  

I will contine to post things that I have found helpful below as well as the Sunday Reflection

above is a photo the blessing which is in my hall, the celtic blessing,
produced by the wonderful calligraphy artist, Tess Cooling

Useful links

From the Times - Ways to Improve your Mood

A 3 minute meditation 
Singing out loud or joining a virtual choir
A kitchen disco - 35 minutes of dancing
Drawing for 45 minutes
Take a hot bath - May be more beneficial than exercise for people with depression
Gardening - 20 minutes of gardening can reduce stress and boost cognitive function
Deep sleep  - 7 hours at least 3 times a week
A 20 second hug - if you’re lucky enough to live with someone or some creature that can provide it.
One to one phone calls. (Happier people have more meaningful conversations with much less small talk)

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Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Easter
(you can listen to this reflection as part of the Service of the Word for 2nd Sunday od Easter found on the Audio page of this site) 

Reflection

It has been an odd week.  A week where the constructs of my understanding of reality, of what is, have been challenged.  What I believed to be true, has had to be re written. It has been a rather challenging week.

Now, what on earth is she on about! You may be thinking and what has it got to do with the continued Easter theme of Jesus’s resurrection appearances.

Well, a lot really.  We make decisions, create our reality based on what our senses tell us now, and what they have told us before, our own knowledge, and sometimes we just interpret things wrongly, because we do not have sufficient information, we do not know the whole picture. To use Paul’s words, we see only in part.   

Those disciples were also only seeing in part.  When Jesus arrives, just after the disciples who had met on the Emmaus Road had arrived back and were telling stories of meeting him and then there, he is and the gathering and they are full of shock, surprise and fear.

Jesus is back with them, but they know he died.  They know, no one can survive crucifixion, but here he is.  So, what is he?  Well, if you are dead, and people see you, the only thing that they can be is a ghost.  Now, we may or may not believe in ghosts, but they were culturally accepted at the time of Jesus.  So, Jesus knows that is where their reality is heading, he knows what conclusion is being drawn.  He knows that ghosts are non-corporeal, that they had no physicality to them.  They could not be touched and could not eat and so his actions are based on creating a new reality for his followers.  Not a ghost but a resurrected body.  With real corporal, physical that can be touched and can touch.  So, his request for food is about defining the new reality that is dawning for his followers.  His blessing of peace to them, is to help them to stop being fearful and anxious about this new reality.

So what for us.  What does this resurrection story of Jesus offer to us.  Well I think there is something in the way Jesus helps his followers find a new reality, a new perspective on things.  When he arrives, his presence was terrifying and disturbing and yet in the end there is peace.

We have found ourselves living in disturbing and somewhat terrifying times.  What we trusted and understood has been shaken. We too need to see with a new perspective, see a new reality and that can be difficult and challenging, but allowing Jesus to be at the centre of it, does mean we can share in his gift of peace.

The fact is life will always be challenging and at times difficult and scary, but that does not stop Jesus from being present with us and he offers freely to share his gifts of peace and assurance with us, if we trust in him.

My prayer for us all, that is times of challenge and change we be able to trust in him who can always give us a new perspective and his blessing of peace and to reiterate the words of our collect today

 

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father Amen

 

St Cubertus by Sue Parkington
Written about her favourite church.   
Photo taken from happier times when the church was open

“Tis closed”, the old man said,

“Locked and cold within”, 

‘Why’s that?’I asked

‘I can’t make sense of thee’.

“Tis the virus; and the Bishops,

So they say, 

They’m scared we might get sick.

 I’m only ninety three”

‘Let’s chat outside a while’ I said,

Though raining heavily. 

“No good”, he said, then added,

“Just come along with me,

‘Tis cosy in the south porch,

And sheltered from the breeze”.

And so we shared our crib there, 

Saffron bun and mug of tea.

Keeping social distancing!

A friend and company.

 

 

Precious Life   (An Acrostic for Easter Time 2020) by Liz Cleves 

Perhaps we are listening, and

Remembering what is dear to us

Each of us recollecting Spring times, and the promise of nature bringing its gifts

Conscious too that the beautiful Earth is suffering from our ‘overload’.

In the morning I listen to the robin and the wren guarding my garden, and

Out early I see the mighty sun lift over the horizon

Unfettered and free in it’s course.

Softly I give thanks for all in my care and all that I receive.

 

Let me give thanks

In every way let me treasure my life and all that is dear to me

Fearing only fear itself and

Enjoying all while I may.