UPDATE: 17 MARCH 2020
As you may have heard, the Church of England has directed all churches to stop public worship from now on. With immediate effect, there will be no Sunday morning service at Church of Our Saviour until further notice. This is a sad but necessary step if we are to slow down the spread of the virus. However, we can of course continue to pray!
We are invited to join in with a national day of prayer this Sunday 22nd March. As a part of this we are encouraged to light a candle and place it in our windows at 7pm in the evening as a visible sign of our faith in Jesus the light of the world in whom our hope rests.
'At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are remined of our dependence on our loving heavenly Father and the future that he holds'
PLEASE don't forget to let Mandy or Stuart know if you have decided to self-isolate, or are poorly (contact details below, see 14 March update). Then we can arrange for someone to keep in touch with you.
Lord of compassion, be close to all those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
In their anxiety, be their hope;
In their darkness, be their light;
through Him who suffered alone on the cross and reigns with you in glory
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
UPDATE: 16 MARCH 2020
In response to the government announcement this afternoon and to reduce social interaction, all events at Church of Our Saviour are to be cancelled. This includes Coffee Shack, Tiny Treasures, Craft Shack, ECHO, Good Companions and the Lent Course.
In addition all hiring of our building will cease until further notice.
We are currently discussing with the Diocese and awaiting advice for our Sunday morning services.
UPDATE: 14 MARCH 2020
On advice from the Church of England we have come up with the following changes to the way in which we do church.
You will be asked to wash your hands as you come into church by using the toilet facilities.
You will be offered a blue Holy Communion Book for your own use during the pandemic. Please take it home with you and bring it to church whenever you come! We will of course continue to put the majority of words on the screen for the rest of the service.
Holy Communion will be served in one kind only. That means that the Minister will offer you a wafer but not wine in either a chalice or in individual glasses.
We will not be passing a collection plate around. So please put your giving into the plate at the back of church, either when you come in or leave the building.
We will not be sharing The Peace in the usual way. Instead we will use sign language and stay in our own seats rather than moving around.
We are going to continue to offer refreshments after the service, but this must be done differently. All drinks will be made and served by one person wearing gloves. Any person receiving a mug must be the one who will be drinking from it. Spoons will not be shared and biscuits/cakes not offered. After use mugs will be returned by the person who has used them and place on a separate table. These will be collected by someone with gloves who will place them in the dishwasher
As a church family we would like to support you, especially if you have to enter a period of self - isolating. So please can you let us know if you are unwell or can't come along to church. You can do this by ringing or emailing either Mandy or Stuart. We will ask one of our team of volunteers to ring you and make sure you have everything you need.
Stuart - 07942 233615
Don't forget that you should stay at home if you start coughing or have a temperature higher than 37.8 degrees.
If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them as best we can.
There may well be other changes we will need to make going forward, but we will endeavour to keep you fully informed.
Keep us good Lord under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick,
And lift up all who are brought low;
that we might find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus.