The Church is not closing, nor the worship ceasing

 The Church is not closing, nor the worship ceasing. 

 Public worship services have been suspended for   the time being. 

 We are the Church and as such we will continue in offering to God our private prayer and worship and where it is safe we   will   offer practical help to one another and our neighbourhoods.

"Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day."  Archbishop of Canterbury, 17/3/2020

On Tuesday before this announcement was made three of us gathered in the church, not for the usual Tuesday Eucharist but a Lenten meditation that seemed to naturally go from reflecting on fear to the promise that God is with us. We prayed for our family, friends and community. Prayer it seems will be one of the forms of solace for many of us. But prayer is also action and in doing so we will be actively engaged in our Christian life and calling.

This message from my fellow prayer partners yesterday was also very clear - self-isolating for the over 70's would be difficult and emotionally hard. I want to reassure you that you are precious to us and we value you, we are praying for you and as such we have set out the following things to do:

  • Beginning work this week we aim to contact as many of you over the phone as possible. This pastoral call will be made by one of the ministry team.
  • Use the website to update people on a regular basis
  • Our churches will remain open for private prayer and personal reflection
  • Whilst our churches will remain open for private prayer we also have the option to explore ways to worship creatively
  • Click The Church of England service of Daily Prayer to access spiritual resources
  • Hard copies are of daily prayer available at the back of Church (Worship at home pack) also see link under spiritual resources to access online

Keeping God in the picture

Psalm 46 offers us words of comfort in troubled times and reassures us that God is with us.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Today use the words 'Be still and know that I am God' to reflect upon God's promise to be with us. When the storms of life and uncertainty of our situation overwhelms it can sometimes be hard to hear God. When you catch yourself becoming anxious, when the next news feed makes your heart sink lower and you wonder where to run and hide, then stop, still yourself, take a deep breath and allow God to bring you peace. Meditate on the words "Be still and know that I am God"