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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 also follow any government directives.

The PCC are working hard to put things into place to make sure the community are cared for and people stay safe and well. Our Facebook Page will be updated with community and national initiatives.

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 on 01772 783281

Food bank is operating remotely and can be accessed by telephoning 07849 534431

 

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Church Services

 

We have had to react quickly to how we carry out regular worship and we are thankful that technology has assisted us in recording a weekly service which will be Premiered on our YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgOCKJLz9eQrpgdMscT2MUg/videos) and Face book (https://www.facebook.com/LongridgeCofE/) pages every Sunday at 10am.


Daily Prayer

In addition to our weekly service Revd Mike is holding morning prayer on Zoom at 9:15am Monday to Saturday. If you wish to take part please email Revd Mike on revmikebarton@gmail.com

Pastoral Support

We appreciate in these difficult times not everyone has access to technology to keep in contact with friends and family. We are contacting everyone on the Electoral Roll by telephone but realise not everyone may have registered. If you are aware of anyone who may have slipped through the net, please can you let us know so a member of the pastoral team can give them a call.

 


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.