What we do 

A time of challenge and blessing

222tim to use

   By Tim Clark


Well, what a time this has been for all of us - a stripping away of so many things in our lives that we have taken for granted for many years.

Our jobs, our financial security, time spent with our families, friends, intimacy with loved ones, a hug, a kiss, a visit with a friend for a drink or a cup of tea and a chat.

No public gatherings, having to wait to do the shopping, a real slowing down of our lives... which is probably no bad thing.

For the sad loss of life. l have lost four friends myself. Also it is very tragic for those who, due to the restrictions, are unable to say their final farewells to friends they have known for a long time.

What this situation does for me only in a small way is to relate to the isolation of our dear brothers and sisters who because of their faith in Jesus has put them in isolation and separation from their families for many years.

For myself it has been a very challenging time for a number of reasons, but also a time of blessing too. Now I know I am not the only one going through this and I am not a special case. I would like to highlight a few things that helped me and I hope it can help others.

The Challenges

Self isolation: I was advised by the surgery to self isolate as I am prone to chest infections. For me that is a problem because I have to take care of my mum, which means hospital appointments, doctors appointments and I also need to shop both for her and myself.

I have done these things only when I have had to and have always taken care to social distance whenever possible and have done what is required when asked.

I have also gone for walks on occasions for exercise and recreation and have always kept my distance. I also need to do that for my mental health. Having gone through the loss of my wife just over two years ago, l know how important it is to keep on top of that.

Obviously another issue I have to come to terms with is finances and being self-employed means no work, no pay. Fortunately my mum helps out and some very generous friends help out and in mid May, hopefully, I should be getting support from HMRC.

The pluses Of lockdown

Well I think there are more pluses than minuses, although to start with it was really strange and hard to adapt to this odd thing that had happened to us all.

It was like what shall we do with all this time? Yet it soon became apparent that the amount of time we had we could use wisely or not so wisely, and I have struggled in both areas.

handsWe could have more time in prayer and more time in reading God's word. Time to take stock on life and would we learn anything from this?

It was also a time of slowing down and taking in the wonder of creation, especially in the early morning when I was around by the church listening to the birds singing and the stillness of day.

It has also been a time of realisation that as much as we like to think we are in control, we are not, and it also goes to prove we can live on less if we have to.

It is also amazing how quickly we can adapt to situations that we find ourselves in. For me it is almost like being retired.


It has also given me time in the garden, painting the fences, mowing the lawn and generally tidying up.

I have also had time to do some jigsaws and watch something funny to keep my spirits up.

I am also  very grateful for technology, which has been such a blessing and has enabled us to keep in touch with family and friends.

I have also been blessed by people dropping gifts off... food, and cards and presents when it was my birthday.

My prayer is that once we are clear of this that we can all learn from this that we need each other and that we never take what we have or each other for granted.

God bless you all.


3Life logo

Love it or hate it, life in lockdown due to Coronavirus looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. But how are you coping with it? Are you finding lots of things to do with your time, or are you struggling?

Here's your chance to let other people in the Team Parish know what the lockdown means to you and what you have been doing to fill your time. Perhaps you are spending more time on your garden, or perhaps you're reading some books. Perhaps you have even tried a lockdown haircut at home!

Whatever you have been doing we would like to know. If you have ever fancied trying to write something, now is the time to give it a go. We want to publish your article on the Team Parish website. It can be any length and it would be nice to include a picture, or pictures, if you can to illustrate what you have been doing. We will also be compiling a booklet, which we hope to publish once life returns to normal again, as a keepsake of what life was like for us all under the pandemic.

All you have to do to take part is email your story and picture(s) to Website Editor Phil Balding at: philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk and we will publish them on the Team Parish website.

Keeping you covered
Now that it is a legal requirement to wear a face mask on public transport and in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres, Website Editor Phil Balding takes a look at some of the designs being used. More ...
Linda 1A
Coming to a home near you 
Linda Pearson gives an insight into her working day as a community nurse during lockdown. To find out more, read on... More ...
Imogen Jones 1
Lockdown feelings
11-year-old Imogen Jones has sent in a poem about her feelings during lockdown. To find out more, read on... More ...
IMG 5121
Experimenting with fused glass
The plan when we were moving to Scotland was to set up a business in craft. I am now doing this here in Melton Mowbray, writes Trisha Nutter. More ...
VE Day head
Join the celebrations 
It's good to see that despite the country being in lockdown, we can still celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday (May 8th). To find out more, read on... More ...
Phil Balding
phil 22222
A bird in the hand...
How 2020 went from gap year to scrap year for Website Editor Phil Balding. Read on to find out more... More ...
James Gutteridge birthday cake
It's a piece of cake for James
When St Mary's Church, Melton, Musical Director James Gutteridge realised he would be forced to celebrate his 42nd birthday alone this year due to the Coronavirus lockdown he decided to make his own birthday cake. More ...
33Evie Moulson
A poem to lift the spirits
Ten-year-old Evie Moulson, who says she is missing school very much, has written a poem while in lockdown. Read on to find out what it says... More ...
22helen mask
What did I do in lockdown? 
Helen Bett recalls what she has been doing since going into lockdown more than five weeks ago. Read on to find out more... More ...
My thoughts about the pandemic
The Revd John Hickling gives his thoughts on Coronavirus pandemic. More ...
It's a mad, mad world!
And just when you think things couldn't get more bizarre... enter Donald J Trump, 45th President of the good old U S of A. Leader of the free world and a man who is clearly on the verge of a nervous breakdown. More ...
A hair-raising time for Mary!
When I saw in the media that several women were daring to give themselves very radical haircuts during the lockdown, I wondered if I should try it myself, writes the Revd Mary Barr. More ...