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Message from Revd David Page
As you will know by now, the Prime Minister has advised the nation to cease all ‘non-essential contact’ in an effort to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. The purpose of this advice is pragmatic, namely to allow the NHS to treat a manageable number of poorly people and so to reduce the overall impact of this disease. At St Peter’s we aim to follow the government’s advice, and the subsequent recommendations from The Church of England, fully and swiftly. As such, the Church Wardens and I have met and agreed that all mid-week activities and Sunday Worship at church should be cancelled for now. We will keep this decision under review in the light of changing official advice.
As we come to terms with these drastic changes, we will be developing new ways to stay in touch, pray and care for each other and to serve our neighbours. We are setting up a Pastoral Care Network based on our Home Group structure. We are also hoping to have Church open for prayer at specified times during the week and on Sundays. Please check this website, social and print media for updated information. It is our intention to have prayers, songs, Bible readings and sermons regularly uploaded on to the website. There are also people available to help those in need of support e.g. shopping etc. Please contact the Church Office (01270 762213) if you are in need of help.
None of this is a surprise to the Lord. He is good, loving and sovereign over all things, including our nation, our community, our church and everyone one of us. I pray that we will know the reality of this promise :
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26 : 3 – 4
Please check this website regularly as things may change. If you have any concerns, or are worried about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are entering a period of the life of our church, community and nation that very few of us have experienced before. However, we know that, as the Psalmist puts it, “The Lord always watches over us”. Maintaining our spiritual health through Jesus as the family of God is just as important at this time, as is protecting our physical and mental health.
Thus, we will be posting a variety of resources on this website and updating them regularly. We are also hoping to have some short services available on the website over the weeks. May I remind you that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said :
“We have called, along with our fellow church leaders, for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday – Mothering Sunday (22nd March). Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.”
The Church will be open for private prayer. On Sundays we are aiming for the church to be open from 8.00am – 12noon and from 5.00pm – 7.00pm. It will also be open at other times during the week. Keep an eye on this website for more details. If you are not self-isolating at this time, I would encourage you to come to church at least once a week as part of your worship. We will be maintaining pastoral care through Pastoral Care Co-ordinators who will be in touch with all members of St Peter’s Church.
Can I say once more that we are here to help anyone in any need at this time. Please contact the Church Office on 01270 762213 or by e-mail, email@example.com