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Lighthouse Newsletter No 7 – August, 2020

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’.    John 8:12 (NIV)

When we sent out the last Lighthouse Newsletter for April it was just before the outbreak of the coronavirus.  In it we were looking forward to celebrating Easter and wrote about the changes to the menu we were going to introduce.  But suddenly everything changed, and we were forced to cease trading at very short notice.

Now, with the lifting of restrictions, we have been able to slowly reopen Lighthouse.  In mid-June we opened just the shop with limited opening hours, but had to keep the café and second-hand book section closed.  With the further lifting of restrictions, we have been able to reopen the café and second-hand books, but in a very limited way, from 24th July.  We still have restricted hours, 9:30 an to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays.

In the café, to maintain social distancing, we have only two tables in use with only two chairs to each table.  We are asking our customers not to linger too long at a table but to vacate it soon after they have finished their drink and food to allow other customers to use it.  And we have had to simplify the menu to just hot and cold drinks and whatever cakes and traybakes are available.

We have also had to put a limit on how many people can visit the second-hand books, just one ‘bubble’ (there’s a new meaning to an old word!) at a time.

Please note that we have to limit the number of people in the shop and café at any one time to 6 and in line with government rules you must have some form of face covering, except when sitting at a table.  There are hand sanitizer dispensers around the shop and we would ask you to use them before touching stock.  If we all use a little common sense then it will help to keep us safer.

We know that many shops and businesses will not be reopening after the pandemic crisis has passed but we believe that our God would not have provided so generously to allow us to open a new shop only for it to fail a few months later.  He kept us going at New Creation for 30 years, when there were difficult times, and we trust Him to help and guide us through another 30 years at Lighthouse, because we know that it is only with His support, guidance and blessings we are still here today – Praise the Lord.

With every blessing,