Updated 31/03/2020 5.00pm
As a Church we are wanting to support the efforts being made by health care providers and the Government in dealing with this situation in our country.
St Andrew’s as a building is now CLOSED TOTALLY – however God’s church (its people) continue in faith, hope and love to live and pray for our community and country at this time. As the Archbishop of Canterbury put it:
CHURCH ISN’T CLOSING – IT’S CHANGING – Far from “shutting up shop”, this means that we must face this challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church as we seek to continue to be rooted in prayer and serve others. The words of The Lord’s Prayer come to mind; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
SADLY WE ARE UANBLE AT THIS TIME TO CONDUCT A SERVICE OF BAPTISM, WEDDING OR FUNERAL IN CHURCH. FUNERAL’S ARE HOWEVER BEING CONDUCTED IN CREMATORIA AND DIRECTLY AT THE GRAVESIDE AND DETAILS OF NUMBERS AND HOW THIS MUST HAPPEN ARE ON THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND CORONAVIRUS PAGE OF THEIR WEBSITE BELOW UNDER FAQ
To help you in your stay at home the following links maybe of some help.
The following links outline the response and precautions the Church of England is calling us to make.
The NHS website to gain more information concerning symptoms and what to do.
The Offical Government website
We are encouraging each member of our church family and the wider community (health and current restrictions permitting) to Love your Neighbour as Yourself and to look out for and help those who are isolated, vulnerable or on their own. The document found on the link can be downloaded and printed and then put into letterboxs where you think people might need help, having first filled in the form with your personal details. Go on ‘Love your Neighbour…….’
On this website you will also find worship resources on the Online and Worship tabs on our Home page. This coming Sunday we hope to be able to provide a service in audio and movie format as we continue to come together in our different places to find unity and fellowship in our worship of God.
A Prayer from the Methodist Church during this time of uncertainity and worry.
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you. Amen