Coronavirus Update

‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ Ps. 46.1
God be our strength, our hope, our strong defence and refuge at this time and always. Amen.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have suspended public services of worship until further notice.  This includes High Mass on Sunday and for any saint’s day, Low Mass on Wednesday and Saturday, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.

St John’s will remain open for private prayer and the clergy will maintain the pattern of daily prayer and services on behalf of the congregation.

Mass on Sundays will be recorded and sent by email along with a service booklet so you can follow along.  We will continue to add the text of sermons to this page.

The services of Morning and Evening Prayer that the clergy say in church can be accessed here:

You may also wish to try the phone app Pray as You Go for daily reflections on scripture.

The Lent course, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Holy Hour and Meditation will not continue for the foreseeable future.  In addition, external organisers have postponed most events: details of these are on our Facebook page and website.

Self-isolation
If you are feeling unwell, or have an underlying medical condition and are self-isolating, please let one of the clergy know.  We will pray for you, and be in touch regularly on the phone.

If you need any help with shopping or anything else during self-isolation, be in touch with your neighbours and let us know. There are some volunteers willing to help from the church community but it would be good to ask those nearest to you first.

Hygiene
To protect everyone using the Church and Hall, we have put in place additional cleaning and disinfection measures.

We remind all worshippers and visitors of the importance of maintaining good hand and personal hygiene at all times. Please be assured that we are following all good practice guidelines.

Looking after our neighbours
Many people will find their lives severely affected by the measures advised.  Please take the time to check that your neighbours are OK and offer to help if you can.  We also remember those in the community who are dependent on the Foodbank – you may not be able to drop off food for donation but you can donate money to allow the Foodbank to buy supplies.  Visit their website to find out how.

Our Mission is to be a “place for all people”. We continue to hold everyone affected by the virus in our prayers.

Fr John
Vicar

Fr Daniel
Assistant Curate
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