We regret that we are unable to arrange any services and events as a result of the current coronavirus precautions. We are committed to living out our life as a worshipping and prayerful church in a new way at this difficult time.
Rev Dianne Gamble, our parish priest, wrote:
These are unprecedented times. It may feel that not partaking in Sunday worship is somehow diminishing our faith. This is untrue for two reasons. Firstly, our faith is solely dependent on the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This fact has not changed and cannot change. Secondly, many of the heroes of faith have been forced to worship in isolation. Bonhoeffer writes: “It is by the grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly to share God’s word and sacrament. Not all Christians receive this blessing. The imprisoned, the sick, the scattered lonely, the proclaimers of the gospel in non-Christian lands stand alone”. During this time of not meeting we stand with the oppressed and persecuted – and their faith is certainly not weak.
We are united not by our gathering on a Sunday but by the love of Jesus Christ and this has not changed at all.
We hope that you will find these suggestions helpful.
The Church Building
We have been directed to lock the church building. We are committed to reopening the church for visiting and private prayer as soon as it is safe to do so.
Dianne has prepared some resources to support our prayer life, which can be found here. We can also provide a printed copy if you prefer.
You can also send us your prayer requests here.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a “virtual” church service on BBC Radio 4 and local radio on Sunday at 8am, and there are plans for a service each Sunday on BBC television. A number of churches and groups are broadcasting worship on the internet. Examples include the Rend Collective, Ripon Cathedral, St Martin in the Fields, and the Taize Community. If you look around online you will be able to find every kind of Christian worship represented.
Rev Dianne Gamble is sharing resources for Sunday worship each week.
Here is a resource for worship around Mothering Sunday.
This is for Sunday March 29th – Passion Sunday – when we read of Jesus weeping at the death of a friend.
This worship is for Palm Sunday at the start of Holy Week.