At home with... the Cuttings

We spend a few minutes catching up with Stuart and Sandra...

Hello from the Cuttings in Long Compton.

It was about the 14th March when Sandra received a text from the NHS telling her that because she had underlying medical conditions she needed to isolate for a period of twelve weeks, until at the earliest 16th June. It was not long after I received a letter giving similar advice.

Initially we felt quite isolated – only 5 miles to Chippy, but it might as well be 1,000. It was the day to day happenings within our church family that we missed.

Then quite quickly the church newsletter brought us up to date. All those meals produced and delivered along with the activity packs for needy families.

What an achievement!     God is good, and that is God’s work.

We manage a weekly get-together (courtesy of Zoom) with part of our housegroup, and that is a great blessing. Graham (our leader) also sends us a daily worship song video, and we have a Whatsapp group where we can share messages. Then there is the Sunday podcast service, which helps us feel in touch and spiritually ‘fed’, plus the new 10am coffee get-together on Zoom – it’s so nice to see so many of our fellowship together on one screen, and to be able to just have a chat.  And one of our fellowship, early on, did some food shopping for us, and another couple brought us some badly-needed bird food – it was the nesting season, after all.

Like most people, over the years there have been many tasks which have been put off “until we have the time”. Well, now we have the time, so the dining room is being given a long-overdue coat of paint, and part of the garden has been turned into a very beautiful vegetable patch.

It looks as if we (with our age and health problems) will be cooped up for the rest of this year at the very least, so we can achieve a lot at home.

Every day we give thanks for God’s goodness to us, giving us each other, plus a food supply chain, sparing us from the dreaded virus, and giving us a garden where every day gives us joyful evidence of God’s creative genius.

We’ve been provided in this small nature reserve, plants of brilliant colour structure and form, a myriad of wildlife from tiny ants to the occasional muntjac deer that explores the garden.

"Jesus, we enthrone you, we proclaim you our King

Standing here in the midst of us

we raise you up with our praise

And as we worship, build a throne

And as we worship, build a throne

And as we worship, build a throne

Come, Lord Jesus, and take your place



What's happening soon?

Sunday Service in church Sun 25th Jul St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Building to Serve Prayer Meeting Mon 26th Jul Zoom More info
Thursday Worship Thu 29th Jul St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info