CORONAVIRUS

We recognise this is a very difficulty and worrying time for many people. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers. We are doing what we can to continue serving the community. Do please share your thoughts with us as we work to see what we can do to support people in the community.

Can you help? Do you need help?

You may have a skill you can offer. You may need help. Both may apply to you. It's early days for us as we try to get our heads around things. We are concerned to make sure that no one comes to harm, so we cannot move as fast as we would like.

At this stage, please let us know your thoughts and ideas. Is there anyone you know who is going to find things particularly difficult? Who in the community might be able to help them? Do you know of agencies we might not? Most importantly, please keep in touch.

Services suspended

We are sorry to announce that, in response to coronavirus, all church services are suspended until further notice. (Please contact us for advice regarding funerals). Please see our 'Church Services' tab for details of next Sunday's service.

Do please invite others though it will be first come first served for up to 100 people. If it takes off, we could run services at different times. Many thanks for your prayers and support as we seek to bless the communities we serve in Christ.

We will continue to update this website and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/8174020927/.

Prayers

These and additional prayers may be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need

as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength

to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,

and to assure the isolated

of our love, and your love,

for your name’s sake.

Amen.

 

God of compassion,

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,

we entrust to your tender care

those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.

Comfort and heal them,

and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,

give skill, sympathy and resilience

to all who are caring for the sick,

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit,

that through their work many will be restored to health;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God,

help me to trust you,

help me to know that you are with me,

help me to believe that nothing can separate me

from your love

revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:

we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:

we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.

We are not people of greed:

we are people of generosity.

We are your people God,

giving and loving,

wherever we are,

whatever it costs

For as long as it takes

wherever you call us.


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