Church @ the Barony Blog

Church @ the Barony Blog

From  Jane McNutt

I love Spring time when new life is evident all around. Buds on trees that lay dormant all winter burst into life and fresh green leaves appear on the trees. I always feel excited when I see the first snowdrops as I know the promise of Spring is around the corner. I love the first daffodils then the tulips come and more and more colour appears in our gardens and all around. When I wake up in the morning the birds are singing outside, the days are longer and getting warmer. Spring is a great time of year.

I am reminded of a Chris Tomlin song, Indescribable.

‘From the highest of heights to the depths of the seas,
Creation’s revealing your majesty.
From the colours of Fall, to the fragrance of Spring,
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming:

Indescribable, uncontainable
You placed the stars in the sky and you know them by name
You are amazing, God
All powerful, untameable
Awestruck, we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing, God.‘

The link to this song is here:

I don’t think any of us could have imagined at the start of 2020 that we would be in a global pandemic that has shut down countries and led to a very different life for us the last 8 weeks of lockdown. For me some things are still the same. I still go to work but now most of my consultations with patients are by phone, sometimes by video and then some patients I bring in. Wearing PPE with each patient is strange and I still find my glasses fog up when I have a mask on! When the pandemic first started, everyday at work we had new updates and guidelines and it was overwhelming. Now things have settled into more of a routine.

I still get to go out with my dog Aran. I am so grateful the weather has been good. It is lovely to meet other dog walkers and families and people out walking or cycling. Of course all conversations are at a social distance!

I am getting to know more of my neighbours through this lockdown. We have a WhatsApp group for my street. We wave at each other each Thursday when people are at their doors clapping for key workers. It is quite humbling being appreciated in this way as someone who works for the NHS. I enjoy sitting outside drinking coffee at a social distance with my neighbour Elaina and of course Aran. He doesn’t want to miss anything that is going on! It is great the number of people we have talked to walking by. People seem to have more time to stop and chat.

I find it hard to stop and be still. I know I like to be on the go so I am still learning through this to take things more slowly. To be kind to myself and realise it is ok if somedays I feel more anxious and others less so. God is always kind to us. He never changes. We are the ones who give ourselves a hard time. I am doing the prayer course at St Johns and one thing I have learnt is to pause before I pray. Just to be still and allow God time to speak. I am not there yet and distractions come in but I am a work in progress as we all are.

I have loved our Church@theBarony services and St Johns morning services as well. It is amazing the gifts and talents people have to put this together. Although we aren’t physically together on a Sunday it still feels like church as we meet together at 11:00 and 17:00 on Sundays for our St Johns and Church@theBarony services. I feel so blessed to be a part of both church families. I am excited by the way these online services are reaching more people than when we met in a church building. I am also very excited about our first Messy church Minis we are having this Saturday 23rd May. We hope through Messy Church to bless many families in Bo’ness and Linlithgow and beyond as they have fun making crafts and learning about Noah.

Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world’ in John 8:12. Jesus is the light shining in the darkness and it is humbling to realise he uses us to be his light here on earth. Every time we show someone kindness or give up our agenda to spend time with them we are showing God’s light. For me God is indescribable, uncontainable, untameable. He is awesome but he is also full of compassion and loving. He is always there for us. I pray that God will use us more and more through this time as we seek to be his light here on earth.

God bless you all this coming week