A new page to keep you informed about all the changes to church life being brought about by the Coronavirus.
Palm Sunday Morning Service (link to the video on our YouTube channel).
It was wonderful to join with so many people this morning, old friends and new faces.
As it's Palm Sunday, you will need a palm cross of course! Maybe you have one left from last year. If not, there are plenty of instructions for making them from paper or floral ribbon etc, on the web.
Here's a good one for children. Here's another on YouTube. Be ready to press the pause and rewind buttons – it may take a while to get the hang of it! If you don't have any palm fronds handy you can easily make it with long strips of paper, perhaps ½ inch wide or so. You could even decorate it, before or after folding. Another good video.
There are lots of other videos and instructions online. Just find one you like the look of and have a go!
Alternatively a palm branch might be fun - especially for the younger ones. Watch the video for the one made out of hand prints. These look nice too although maybe for the more adventurous.
Looking forward to seeing them all on Sunday! And you!
Another big THANK YOU to The Chequers who are now including our information about phone contact with everyone's food boxes, so that anyone who would like a regular phone call can join the 70 or so we're already supporting.
Sunday morning's service will be held over Zoom. Zoom is an online service that allows the setting up of large meetings of people over the internet. We have been using it very successfully for the last two weeks, for meetings and for morning and evening prayer.
If you haven't used it before it will help if you have already downloaded the Zoom app from here, although this is not essential, as it will start to download when you join the 'meeting'.
The only other thing you need to join the meeting is this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/360754690
You will be able to join from 9.50am.
We're going to follow the liturgy that we've been using for Midweek Communion during Lent. We will be following this order of service (which we'll adapt as necessary).
Please do try to join in. It's a lot easier than it may seem and it will be so good to see everyone.
Here's last night's communication from Bishop James. Sadly, now the church doors are locked.
Holy Communion video recorded: https://youtu.be/FYluSYNVM_Y
Here's the service sheet so you can follow along.
Our new daily pattern is:
8.30am - Morning Prayer (private, as recommended by the C of E).
9am-12pm - Church open for all for prayer, reflection and peace. For those who are symptom-free and please remain 2m away from others. Please follow the hygiene guidance. Surfaces are being cleaned every day. There are prayer sheets in church and a contact form you can fill in if you'd like us to keep in touch.
5pm - Evening Prayer (private, as recommended by the C of E).
On Sundays at 8am , Holy Communion will be said by Revd Ruth (in private, as recommended by the C of E).
To maximise the opportunity for donations, items for the food bank can be left in the vicarage porch.
From today, we are advised by the Archbishop's to cease all public worship. Read their letter.
The most important thing to say is that we are still here and wanting to help and support in any way we can.
If you are self-isolating, lonely, worried or need some practical (non-contact) help with essential shopping etc - and would like to talk with someone then these are the numbers to call ... Janet 01622 710083, Aline 01622 716608, Alan 01732 220209 or me 01622 717434. There are other people too, willing to keep in contact with you and help out where they can.