As we continue in lockdown, St John’s has been exploring new ways of meeting together to worship as a church.
While we are unable to use our church building, we are learning how to support each other and meet for worship in different ways. We are in much more frequent telephone contact with each other and our neighbours, and people are volunteering to do shopping for those who are vulnerable. As a society and as a church we seem to be pulling together to help each other through this.
As a church, though, we also want to worship together! Since our bishops have instructed us not to use the church building, we’ve been streaming Mass live from Fr Daniel’s home, and we hope soon to use Fr John’s home as well. These, along with other videos, can be accessed through our new YouTube channel, and links for specific services can be found on this page, and are sent round in the parish email.
Worshipping like this is not ideal, and we long for the time when we will be able to gather together again in person. In the meantime we will continue to provide access to services through the Internet, and we also encourage you to find time to pray on your own at home, as Jesus taught us:
‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6.5–13)