‘Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.’

Not perhaps the words of a hymn that we would readily associate with this difficult period. Yet despite all the suffering and loss caused by COVID19, there have been unexpected blessings too.

Ever since March, we have been holding services on Zoom every Sunday afternoon with a communion service each month and a Cymanfa Ganu in May. Coming together in worship has been a real strength and help to many of us, and what has been particularly encouraging is the fellowship and support we have received from friends joining us from across Wales and the world, including Canada, America and Japan.

On a personal note, it has certainly been a blessing to see so many from my congregations every Sunday on Zoom. Usually, I spend many hours travelling up and down the Piccadilly line and other lines, and on my bicycle, travelling from chapel to chapel, and I am sometimes not able to see members and friends of the churches as often as I would like.

The same is true of the children and their families. Now I meet them every Sunday morning for Sunday School on Zoom and keep in touch with families on WhatsApp. Under normal circumstances, I might only manage to see some of these families a few times a year. Being with them every week means that I have come to know them much better and have been able to build a closer relationship with them even though we are scattered far and wide across London and beyond.

The Psalmist said, ‘I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord’ (Psalm 122:1), and we do miss being together face to face in the chapels. Despite all its benefits, Zoom does not suit everyone, both adults and children alike. We are looking forward to being able to worship together again in the chapels as a church family. In saying this, I do count my blessings for new and exciting opportunities; some of which surprisingly would not have been possible if lockdown had not happened.

‘Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.’