In these uncertain and worrying times we thought it would be good to have an “Uplifting Moment a Day” page on the website that we can turn to for comfort, strength and support; a moment a day to brighten the spirits. Do take a look and hopefully feel uplifted.
We would very much like everyone to contribute to this page, so we get a good balance of different things people find uplifting. Moments shared can be anything from a photo, a verse of a hymn, a poem, a Bible passage, something someone has said to you. Feel free to put your name against it or you can remain anonymous!
Please send your Uplifting Moments to Hilary and Helen at email@example.com
We look forward to being able to encourage and uplift each other.
Sunday 28 February
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere
Monday 1 March
Tuesday 2 March
As every pilot knows, above the grey clouds there are blues skies and sunshine
If you like, watch this lovely Flashmob clip from Ireland in the days before social distancing – and have faith that blue skies (and being together like this) will return again.
Wednesday 3 March
The beautiful arches of the Balcombe viaduct remind this photographer of infinity and the words of Psalm 103 v17
“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting“
Listen to this uplifting version of Great is Thy Faithfulness:
Thursday 4 March
There is a time to reach out with a helping hand.
There is a time to receive a helping hand.
Friday 5 March
Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.Psalm 25:4
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.Psalm 16:11
Saturday 6 March
Watch this Youtube video of this brave little bear cub and learn from him that no matter how difficult life is, don’t give up! Have hope, determination and keep going!
Previous Weeks’ Uplifting Moments:
Sunday 21 February
If you’re feeling even the slightest bit down, you will have a smile on your lips and a warmth in your heart after hearing this…..
How brilliant was that!
As we hear Ryan Clark sing (with a twinkle in his eye!) “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing, ‘cos every little thing’s gonna be alright!” we remember that God tells us the same thing in Philippians 4:4-7
“Never worry about a thing; but tell God all your desires of every kind…….and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
How brilliant is that too!
Monday 22 February
The boy’s got rhythm – so cute!
Tuesday 23 February
How reassuring for us all:
Wednesday 24 February
‘I Believe’ – sung by Jackie Evancho as a child:
Thursday 25 February
Friday 26 February
50 countries unite and sing Amazing Grace
Saturday 27 February
Sunday 14 February
An act of LOVE
What can be more beautiful than gathering together to welcome a new person into the Christian family. This is one of my favourite photographs of Michael christening a little girl .
As we move into Lent this captured moment hopefully gives you something to reflect on thinking of your own baptism and faith journey.
We are blessed in our community with the amazing love we have from our priest and for each other.
Monday 15 February
Before the Beast from the East arrived, the first signs of spring were arriving. Spring is just around the corner!
“The winter is past; the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come………….”
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Listen to this beautiful piece of music as you look at the flowers
Thanks to everyone who sent these photos. Keep them coming!
Tuesday 16 February
See! I will not forget you … I have carved your name on the palms of my hands … I have called you by name … You are mine … you are precious to me … I love you.Isaiah 49:16: 43:1,4
Wednesday 17 February
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Our Lent Appeal this year is for the homeless. We have all spent a lot of times in our homes this past year (maybe more than we would like to) but let’s take a moment to think about what home means to us and count our blessings for things we take for granted: warmth, safety, running water, food in the cupboard, being dry, a hot drink when we want it.
Listen to this piece of music written for the charity Shelter:
and this classic – Ralph McTell singing “Streets of London”:
Thursday 18 February
This poster and flag were seen in Handcross last week.
Trying to flip negative thoughts into positive ones can be tricky, but with time and practice can become a way of looking at the difficult things in life differently! The flag says, “Keep calm and carry on!” It could just as easily have said:
Friday 19 February
This man has been an inspiration to us all:
Who else do you find inspiring? What makes them inspiring to you? Maybe you would like to share your thoughts?
Saturday 20 February
He makes his sun to rise every day. We may not always see it but our day is always lit by it.
Monday 8 February
Time to do some exercise 🤣 Have a crack at this!
Tuesday 9 February
God’s beautiful creation bathed in sunlight:
There may be dark clouds about but the light cannot be stopped from shining through.
Wednesday 10 February
Do you remember this?
Make a cup of tea and enjoy.
Start planning for all the things you will somehow be involved in, in the future!
Thursday 11 February
Feeling frustrated? Ready to quit?
This lockdown seems to be so much harder this time around. But…
Friday 12 February
It’s that time of year again…
Saturday 13 February
When you wake up…
Sunday 31 January
Today you can take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
What a lovely way to spend an hour whilst remembering just how God provides.
Monday 1 February
“Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird.”
In the first lockdown we all discovered the beauty of birdsong.
It seemed as if we were hearing such wonders for the first time.
Listen to the beautiful voices of 15 garden birds here:
Tuesday 2 February
50 countries affected by Coronavirus join together to sing Amazing Grace
Wednesday 3 February
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursday 4 February
Unwind to beautiful landscapes and relaxing music.
Friday 5 February
Truly uplifting words from a new President:
- It’s time we begin to heal together; open our souls instead of hardening our hearts ; show tolerance and humility; be willing to stand in the other person’s shoes.
- With unity we can do great things, important things. We can right wrongs.
- We can treat each other with dignity and respect.
- Let’s lead not by the example of our power but by the power of our example.
- Together we will write a story of hope, not fear; of unity not division; of light not darkness. May this be the story that guides us.
Saturday 6 February
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Monday 25 January
Not Everything is Locked Down:
Lockdown getting you down? There are many things that can’t be locked down as you will see in this recording. Now is the time to sort out all those things that you get distracted from doing and of course, lockdown cannot touch your humanity!
Tuesday 26 January
Stones Cry Out:
This is a beautiful video. Imagine you too are on one of the stones! Not only do the stones cry out, they/we cry out in perfect harmony 😊. Have a lovely day.
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him “Teacher, rebuke your disciples”. Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40)
Wednesday 27 January
Don’t let the cold weather get you down. There’s lots of fun to be had as this Collie demonstrates 🤣.
Thursday 28 January
Something to make you smile. An amusing and very sweet video of friendship in the most unlikely places.
Friday 29 January
From the author Charlie Mackesy and his book ‘The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse’. Highly recommend, this book, for your children or grandchildren.
So simple but very true.
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Saturday 30 January
A beautiful poem that helps to put lockdown into perspective and reboot your faith.
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Sunday 31 January
Happy Elephants – something to make us laugh!
Sunday 17 January
Let’s renew our strength by trusting in the Lord
Monday 18 January
Last’s week’s hoar frost showed us there is beauty to be found even when skies are grey and heavy.
Tuesday 19 January
Wednesday 20 January
At the end of a difficult day God gives us this:
In pre-pandemic days, a wise friend once said that if there were only two such beautiful sunsets like this to be witnessed every year, people would travel far and wide to see such a truly amazing sight.
Thursday 21 January
If you are in need of a little relaxation, then listen to
And why not reach for that well-worn copy of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis and re-read as you listen!
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
Friday 22 January
Saturday 23 January
This is a beautiful version of this blessing where 65 Churches across the country come together to sing a blessing over the UK.
The Lord Bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
And give you peace.
May His presence go before you and behind you and beside you,
All around you and within you
He is with you; He is with you.
In the morning and the evening,
In the coming and the going
In the weeping and rejoicing
He is for you; He is for you.