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Deacon Debbie Harkness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Tel: 01204 427413

Email: debbie.harkness@methodist.org.uk

6th October 2020

Hello From Deacon Debbie

Dear Members of Kearsley Mount Methodist Church

Hello from the manse on what is now a very damp and wet morning on the 6th October.

I arrived here in Bolton on the day we went into a local lockdown, so it has been a bit strange to say the least.

However, I can assure you that I have received a very warm and sunny welcome from many in the circuit as well as my new neighbours. The manse has been full of lovely flowers and welcome cards for which I am very thankful.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Deacon Debbie Harkness and I am an ordained minister in the Methodist Church, now serving in the Farnworth and Worsley Circuit.

I live with my very loyal dog, Monty, he is a four and half year old staffie. I acquired two and half years ago (he is as soft as butter on a hot day) but don’t tell him I said that. We help each other stay fit by going on long walks which we both enjoy very much, unless it’s raining then Monty really does not want to be bothered going out, even with his lovely warm purple coat on!

As a Methodist Deacon I have a real passion for working within the local community. There are many ways In which the Church can serve the community, the most effective way I believe is getting to know the local people, through spending time with them. Through sharing stories and listening to people as individuals. I very much look forward to getting to know you a little as we get to know each other over the next months and years.

I hope you are all doing as well as you can in the current Pandemic and local lockdown restrictions. There is no right or wrong way to feel at the moment, I’m sure we all feel that we are on a roller-coaster ride some weeks!! I do hope it won’t be too long before we can spend time together sharing our stories, hopes and dreams.

I would like to invite you to our first service on Sunday the 1st November at 10.30am. This will be a short service being no longer than 40 Minutes, you will need to contact Helen Bolton on 07762 720871 or by e-mail hdbolton@yahoo.co.uk to book you place as we will need to social distance. Please book by Friday the 30th October and do remember you will have to wear your mask all through the service and there will be no singing. It would be lovely to see you if you feel able to join us.

            I will also start to distribute the Methodist Church printed service sheet for those of you not able to access online services

            We are indeed living in peculiar times, there will be days when we feel like we can conquer the world then other days when anxiety/uncertainty gets the better of us.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has days of struggling with the way things are and yet I feel it is something we will have to live with for a long time to come. We will have to get use to thinking outside the box, we will have to accept that things will never be the same!! How can they be? We certainly will have been changed in some way because of living alongside Covid-19, we cannot be the same people we were at the beginning of the pandemic, it will have changed us all in some way. But that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom, it means that on occasions the familiar things we have been used to will have changed. The former ways will make way for new ways and that in itself offer’s us opportunities we might not have encountered if things had just stayed as they were.

            We can also take comfort in knowing that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, he doesn’t change. His love is steadfast, he will guide us and give us his strength and peace as we navigate the storm together, but remember every storm comes to and end at some point.

If you feel like you would like to have a chat with me then please do feel free to ring me on 01204 427413 please note that Friday is my day off.

Please do know that you are all in my prayers.

God Bless

            Deacon Debbie

 

P.S. We are planning to have a service on Remembrance Sunday the 8th November, again booking will be required

P.P.S. We are planning live streaming these services on Facebook, a closed page.  If you want to know more please contact Steve Tonge at stephentonge@yahoo.com

                          


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