Interfaith Week - Rev. Emily Reynolds
I’m Rev. Emily Reynolds, Vicar of St John’s Church in Pleck and Bescot.
I am a mother of an energetic and inquisitive five-year-old boy, who brings me much joy (and takes up most of any free time I have!). I also enjoy long walks, getting stuck into a book and I attempted growing my own vegetables this lockdown, very unsuccessfully.
My favourite quote is from the Gospel of Matthew 11 v28-30:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We have supported our community through COVID-19 by trying to support, care and pray for one another and for our community as much as possible. Perhaps the most significant and important part of our ministry during COVID-19 has been taking funerals and supporting the bereaved. In a time when there have been so many restrictions, it has been important to work with family and friends to honour the wishes of their departed loved ones, carrying out their last wishes with dignity, reverence and hope.
I genuinely love the people of Walsall; especially the straight-talking, warmth and friendliness I have encountered here. My hope is in these times of struggle and hardship, especially as many lose their jobs and have economic uncertainty, that we continue to work together as people of many faiths pooling our resources and gifts to support our community, showing the love of God in action.