COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance

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*** UPDATE ***
Following guidance from the Govt. via our Archbishops the Church is now closed for Services and private prayer, click here for further information 
Guidance for churches. 

 

Whilst the Church is closed, The Church of England have created a range of resources to help you walk with Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. You will find them here Online Resources

Any enquiries please phone The Vicarage and speak to Rev Simon Boxall 01782 562479

 

 

Dear everyone,

Sadly I have to let you know that I am not supposed to go into the church building until further notice, because of the coronavirus pandemic. All clergy as well as other members of the public are not supposed to go through the doors. This means that I will not be able to ring the church bell at 8.30 every morning. But I promise you that I shall be praying for you all from the Vicarage, and the Rev Sharon will also be praying from her home. If you have any prayer requests please send them to me at  boxbruk@hotmail.com

 

Thank you. God bless, Simon

 

I hope to continue to ‘stream’ something from home on a regular basis. If you wish to access other material to help with worship then please go to

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

 

 

ACTIVITIES that have been temporarily closed: Chesterton Stay & Play, Chair Exercise Group, Time Out & Toast, Forget me Not Dementia Cafe, Tea & Chat, Lent Groups, Bible Explorers, Thursday morning service and Sunday services, J711, God's Little Explorers and HTCC (Holy Trinity Childrens Church)

 

Funeral information: Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.

 

Weddings & Baptism information: There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.

Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.

 

 

Are you feeling a bit knocked about by the phenomenal speed of change in our lives at the moment? I certainly am. so what do we do?

Normally we would be called to come together and pray, but we can’t quite do that at the moment, at least not physically. As we know we have had to cancel all church services in our buildings for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean that we stop worshipping or praying. If we have the use of a mobile phone, or even a computer – and everyone who is reading this does have at least one of those things, we can still pray together ‘digitally’. If you look for the App ‘Daily Prayer’ , you can download this for free and it will give you Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (or Compline as it is still known as by many, including me!) ALL the readings are there, with the Psalms and the Church Songs (known as Canticles), as well as some prayers. It is a brilliant help to Daily Prayer.

 

On Sunday (Mothering Sunday) we are also being encouraged to put a candle in our widows and safely light them at 7pm (7 in the evening) – a sign of the light of Christ shining in the darkness. You can find details about it here Light a Candle of Hope

Oh, and just a quick extra. Don’t feel that you can’t continue with your financial giving to God and his church here in Chesterton just because you’re not in the actual building. Please feel free to leave your offering at the Vicarage, in one of the Church envelopes or in an ordinary envelope, and I will make sure that it gets to the right person, or bring it along when the Church building is open. Sadly the coronavirus doesn’t seem to make our bills go away!

More news soon.

God bless,

Simon


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