Dear CTK Community

What have you been doing with yourself during lockdown?  It’s been lovely to hear of people embracing this time to learn new things.  I have learnt what “asking for a Baskin” meant by watching Tiger King.  I’ve enjoyed hearing from those who have turned their hand to baking and cooking and learning skills that will come in handy for years to come.  The artwork and those who have taken up music is really heartening to see and hear about and the videos that feed through on TikTok showcasing amazing dance routines and unique skills has been great – I can’t wait until we have our next CTK’s Got Talent to see them live!

It’s also been important to rest.  You might see that as an invitation to stay in bed until midday but sleeping is only one way of resting.  Putting your phone down (leave it at home when you do your daily exercise) can give you a break from other pressures.  My phone usage time has gone down so much – to the point where it’s now a competition with myself to see if I can keep reducing it each week.  That could possibly be attributed to no football so I’m not checking the Sky Sports News app as much!  I’ve also enjoyed the cultural challenges each day so I’m looking forward to today’s documentary about the process of making the most popular Cirque du Soleil show, Alegria:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7oybmMuUqs

 

Maybe this time of rest was a great welcome to those of you who were building up to exams or if you were just exhausted from the usual hustle of school and life.  Hopefully it’s given you a chance to refresh.  When we are back together, one of the main points of conversation is going to be: what did you do with yourself on lockdown?  What will your answer be?

One of the other things I’ve learnt is about the goodness of people.  The great work of our front line workers is rightly being recognised and it’s important that we never take that for granted – this includes the work of all of the local schools who continue to work for good of the community.  It’s also important to recognise the work of our churches and faith groups (from all denominations) who work for the good of others always, with this work often going on in the background.  It is a big lesson on how many people need support and how much we can do to help those in need, now and when we are out of lockdown.

 

People will have adapted to this time of lockdown in very different ways.  Some will have embraced the peace and a new way of living whereas others will have really struggled with what to do with this time.  It is important that you look after yourself and to remember that it is okay not to be okay.  We are all here to support you and your families, no matter what the issue may be.  It is also Mental Health Awareness week so give yourself a check-up and check-in on friends to see how they are.

One of the memories of this period of time will be the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”  As a Liverpool fan, it is a song that is close to my heart but it stands for something much bigger and more important than football.  From Captain Tom to the front line workers; from families who have come together to families who have been affected deeply by events of the last few weeks; from hardships of lockdown to the simplicity of life without distraction – this song has a much deeper meaning than simply a song shouted from terraces.  It is a song about hope.  And hope is so important because it gives us a vision of the future – a future that we will write ourselves.  In scripture, Saint Paul writes that hope is one of the three things that will always last (the others being faith and love).

So be hopeful, look to the future: a future that includes us gathering together again, serving those in need, laughing with friends, doing all the things that we are missing now (Y11 and Y13 Leavers’ celebrations for a start!), and enjoying the simple pleasures (like KFC and McDonald’s).  Because we don’t walk alone, we walk together as Christ the King “with hope in our hearts.”

Stay safe and be kind.

 

Dennis

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