PW 1st June 2020
“A dear friend will love you no matter what.” Proverbs 17:17
What qualities do you look for In a friend? Perhaps someone who will help you grow as a person
Even before Covid 19, more than 1 in 5 adults said they had experienced loneliness or felt isolated.
Research shows that chronic loneliness even has negative effects on our physical health.
We all need meaningful relationships with people we care about and who in turn care about us.
Here’s 4 things you can do to become the kind of person that you want to be friends with
1. Start Praying for others
“So, encourage one another and build each other up just as you are already doing”. 1Thes. 5:11
Ask someone you know “How can I pray for you?”
Write down what they tell you and then pray faithfully and regularly.
2. Start having honest conversations
“Become wise, trying talking with the wise. Hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces”
Relationships built on trust go in both directions. Don’t just talk about yourself but ask a lot of questions. Actively listen and don’t judge.
Not sure what to talk about? The more you invest in each other the more you enjoy your times together
3. Start serving others together
“Let us think of ways we show acts of love and good works together” Hebrew 10:24
Serving other people helps you beat loneliness by breaking the focus on yourself and giving you a sense of purpose
Millions of people have lost jobs during this pandemic. In most communities, food banks and other charities are busier than ever. Find services with social distancing and good hygiene or if you are housebound look for places on the internet and serve in any small way.
4. Start inviting people
“Love one another deeply. Honour others more than yourself” Romans 12:10
Whatever you do, just start!
A Prayer for the Lonely
Father please meet me where I am.
Lord send people who will reach out to me, and show me those whom I can reach out to
Give me courage and strength and please rescue me from my loneliness.
In Jesus name, Amen
“The Lord is close to the Broken Hearted, He resolves those spirits who are crushed”
PW encourages women to become disciples of Christ and has been supporting mission in the Presbyterian Church both at home and overseas for over 140 years.
We welcome women of all ages from within and outside our congregation.
PW offers fellowship, friendship, encouragement and support through our programme of events – you are assured of a warm welcome at our meetings.
We meet once a month from September to April on Monday evenings at 7.45 PM do come and join us –
Ebrington has had a Ministry to Women for over 90 years. During that time it has evolved from being a purely Overseas Missionary Organisation to be one with a Ministry to Women in every place including those in our own neighbourhood.
The latest phrase in this evolution occurred in May 2008 when ‘Presbyterian Women” was launched. At that time the General Secretary, Caroline Hawthorne said; “We must seek to fulfil the Great Commission, both locally and globally. We must see our local communities as mission fields, just as much as we do with countries further afield.”