Looking back at the Pivot we produced in March of last year, there was little evidence of the havoc that coronavirus was going to introduce into our lives. A whole range of activities were planned for the Spring, and Sue and Karen’s farewell messages reflected on the positive life and prospects of our Church and community.
How things have changed! All our established routines have been disrupted, and as we look forward to getting back to ‘normal’ in the coming months, it’s fairly clear that, in many respects, this will be a different ‘normal’ from the old one.
In this edition of Pivot, we wanted to take the opportunity to re-engage with all our readers before the Church reopens, and to focus on our ‘Hope for the Future’. There are several articles challenging us to think about what that future could be, and we do encourage you to share your thoughts on the future of our Church worship and our service to the community. Please do feel free to contribute to the ongoing discussion by contacting David Spracklen.
On a more sombre note, there are many friends who have died in the last year, and whose funerals many of us were unable to attend because of the pandemic. In the circumstances, we felt it would be fitting to recognise their passing in Pivot.
While we’re all hoping and praying that the worst of the pandemic is over, Hilary Morgan has provided a moving account of the challenges she has faced as a paramedic during the last year. Please do read it.
God willing, by the time we produce the next Pivot we shall all be meeting each other again face to face. In the meantime, we hope this edition helps us prepare for that time and for the challenges it will bring, and we send our grateful thanks to all our contributors.