Radio 4 Message Easter Day

Social distancing is something which we on Romney Marsh are masters at, with such a scattered population.

A church with no electricity, and a congregation barely on the internet meant that – for us - live streaming was pointless. With whole streets and villages in self isolation, I felt a strong call to respond practically with food, medicine and care. And I guess, this is where my secular life merges with my call as a non-stipendiary minister.

In my day-job, I work for Kent Fire and Rescue Service, within a multi agency team - so partnership working is second nature to me. I also Chair CARM, a local charity that specialises in supporting elderly isolated people.

After a meeting of Parish, District and County representatives, I joined forces with the Romney Marsh Day Care Centre and New Romney Town Council, and we set about creating the Romney Marsh Community Support Hub.

This is a place where people can phone and order deliveries of hot meals, shopping and prescriptions, where they can get advice or engage with telephone befriending. We also promote the delivery services of our amazing local businesses - greengrocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers to help keep them afloat in challenging times. It’s the best example of partnership working that I’ve ever been part of.

Today on Easter Day, I will be joining my colleagues from Kent Fire and Rescue in their daily support of Age UK, delivering meals to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Playing my part in answering Christ’s call to feed the hungry and care for the sick is my humble way of serving him this Easter.




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