How we are becoming a “different sort of church”

Further to our update posted on 23rd March 2020, you will probably be aware that we have had to close our church building. However, our worship of God and our care for each other continues.

For example, since last Sunday we have been streaming short acts of worship on our Facebook page (please click here to access the page; you do not need a Facebook account in order to share in this), and as part of this we have been using the free Time to Pray app (which is available here).

In the coming days we will be adding further content and making the most of this technology (we have today published a service according to the rites of TaizĂ©, and we will also be seeking to offer Evening Prayer via Facebook Live later today). We realise, however, that this won’t suit everybody. Therefore we will continue to offer support via the telephone and email, and you can reach us here or by our new email address of [email protected]

Please do use this new email address if you have requests for prayer. Perhaps you would like us to offer a prayer on your behalf, or perhaps you might like us to pray with you (in the case of the former, please indicate whether this a prayer that you would like us to offer privately or not*). Please also let us know if you would welcome some form of contact (by email or telephone) or have an urgent need (we might not be able to help ourselves in every instance, but we might be able to make suggestions).

Looking after our mental health and helpful resources
Also today, the Church of England has published a series of reflections on how to cope with anxiety and loneliness in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. These may be found here.

The Church of England has issued some helpful guidance on spiritual communion. This may be found here.

As a reminder, our bishops are keeping in touch via the diocesan website (and now also a Facebook page). The diocesan mission team at the diocesan office continues to oversee the production of weekly written homilies and accompanying prompts for reflection and prayer that are based on the lectionary readings for each Sunday. These may be found here.

And the daily prayer from the Church of England, in text and audio format, is available here.

Watch this space and keep in touch
In the meantime, please watch this space, keep safe, and we offer you our prayers and all best wishes.

*Please note that members of our ministry team and our churchwardens may have access to this email account.