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COVID 19 - CORONAVIRUS

***LATEST INFORMATION***

Following the guidelines today from The Church of England we will be suspending all church services at St Lawrence's and St Paul's, social events and groups for the season.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when we can on here and the church Facebook page.

Food bank will still be taking place but deliveries should be arranged in advance by telephoning 07849 534431

The PCC are working hard to put things into place to make sure the community are cared for and people stay safe and well. 

Messages will be answered via Facebook as quickly as possible. If the matter is of a more urgent nature, please contact the church office or Revd Mike directly. 

There is no directive at the moment to cease weddings or funerals.

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***PREVIOUS INFORMATION***

The Church of England have set out guidelines on how best to deal with the Coronovirus outbreak and as such we are having to make some changes. 

At the moment, parish meetings are still taking place but if you feel at all unwell we would ask that you do not attend but deal with matters by email or telephone. We will update the church web site as and when things change.  At this time, we can all pray for those caring for sufferers and those who are feeling vulnerable.

 

Your well-being is of the highest importance – which is why, due to the threat of the Coronavirus there are plans to care for our vulnerable members. What we must remember to do is take care of one another. If you know of someone who is having to self isolate or may feel vulnerable and might appreciate a regular phone call, Revd. Mike is compiling a couple of lists. One list of people who may need a call and one list of people who would be able to make calls. There will be a list at the back of church or contact Revd. Mike to let him know.

 
What is being done differently.
Following guidelines, we have made changes to the way we do things and the activities we hold.
Refreshments: The serving of food and drink at all our services and events has been suspended.
This includes Brew Time and Lent Lunches, also there will not be coffee after services, 

All services which include Holy Communion, the administration will only include bread.
There should be no physical contact while sharing the peace, blessing or laying on of hands.


We all need to comply with the Government’s advice. In essence this means –
• Not attending if you have symptoms of the virus or are in a category at greatest risk
– those in later years or with an existing health issue.
• When you attend, find another way to greet people instead of shaking hands or
hugging. Smiles are fine.
• Keep a reasonable distance from others.


Catching up on sermons
For those unable to attend on a Sunday, or believing it wise not to do so, the sermons
are easy to access. The most recent sermons can be found under the Sermons section on the
website’s home page.

Keep the right perspective
Without doubt we face a season of social upheaval and extended financial turmoil. 
At the same time, God has not changed.
Therefore, this is not a time for fear but for confidence in the God who saves and helps.
A time to face the challenges but not for being afraid.
A time to hold onto the truths expressed in Psalm 46:
"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."

 

Below are 2 prayers from the Church of England website which we hope will bring comfort.

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.