NEWS AND ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Last update: 18 January 2021

OPENING OF CHURCH FOR WORSHIP AND PRIVATE PRAYER

We are very sorry that it has been found necessary to suspend services in church until at least the end of January.  The church is also closed for private prayer.  If the situation changes during January, information will be posted here.  

Online services and daily reflections will continue for the foreseeable future (see below). 

YOU-TUBE BROADCASTS

We are producing short services and reflections on YouTube - they can be accessed at any time by clicking HERE or on the YouTube link (the red button) at the bottom of this page. 

You can find a morning service each Sunday, posted at 10.45 am.  Also, appreciating that the style of the online morning service does not suit everyone, we have resumed our evening online service, with a more traditional style of music, liturgy and a short sermon, posted at 6.00 pm.  You can also find daily short reflections on Bible readings for the day from Monday to Saturday, posted at 9.00 am.  

If you have more time on your hands, you might also wish to follow our series of "Experiencing God" videos posted on YouTube a few years ago and still available on the same button.

WHATSAPP 'CHATS WITH GOD' and EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN

You are invited to join 'Chats with God', our continuing prayer-sharing thread on WhatsApp.  Please message Sue on 07920 858673 or Sylvia on 07872 314103 if you wish to be added to the group.

In addition, Geraldine Foster is co-ordinating a new email prayer chain.  If you would like to find out more please email Mark (mark-stanford@hotmail.co.uk) and he will pass your details to Geraldine.

 

LIVERPOOL RESPONDS: WHO CARES? WHAT KIND OF LIFE AFTER COVID-19?

 

In an online discussion, on 28 January, 11.00 – 12.15, Bishop Paul and the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon will join representatives from key Liverpool City Region organisations to examine the socioeconomic and health challenges raised by the pandemic. The event is presented by Liverpool Responds, the University of Liverpool’s online event series designed to highlight the continuing response to the pandemic by its academics as well as its high profile alumni, stakeholders and civic partners. 

More details, including how to register, can found here:

 

https://liverpool.anglican.org/Bishop-Paul-joins-discussion-about-the-impact-the-pandemic-on-the-Liverpool-City-Region-?mc_cid=20e4330ccb&mc_eid=c4a33bb2bf 

FOODBANK

We are accepting Foodbank donations when the church is open on Sunday and Wednesday mornings (see times above).  Also, Helen Davies is willing to collect foodbank donations from people during lockdown: please email Mark (see above) for Helen's contact details if you require a collection.

 

Waitrose, Tesco and Spar (Harington Road) are also collecting Foodbank donations in-store.  

 

Suggested items: jars of baby food, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, jars of jam, tinned rice and other puddings, sugar, rice, fruit juice, long-life milk, toilet rolls, miscellaneous treats.

If you are in need of a food bank voucher, for instance if you are facing a significant change in income or are awaiting benefits, please let Mark know (mark-stanford@hotmail.co.uk).

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

We really like the prayer and Bible reading resources at Lectio 365; you can find them here:

https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional

Another Bible Study resource we recommend is the Bible Project:

https://bibleproject.com/

 

FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Vicky Higgins, a clinical psychologist and a member of our congregation, has produced some great short videos with tips on sustaining emotional well being. You can find them on our YouTube channel (click the red button below).

Emily (Mark and Sam’s daughter) has done some story telling for children, you can find them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD32TU8IYas

And here some more ideas from Tim (Mark and Sam’s son-in-law) for older children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkrNVQ_Fz7o

OTHER IDEAS?

Do please let us know if you wish to suggest other ways in which we can continue to serve our congregations and the local community in these "troublous times".  Contact Mark as above. 

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