Coronavirus – Pastoral Update from the Vicar (2)

To: The Church Family

17th March 2020

Dear Friends,

Coronavirus Update

The latest Government and Archbishops’ guidance has brought further restrictions to our daily life including self-isolation for many and the suspension of our collective Sunday and Wednesday worship until further notice. In view of these developments I and the Wardens met earlier today to discuss how we can care for you best, both those of you
who are self-isolating/ housebound and also those of you who are not.
Our initial discussions have been around the following initiatives:

  • Church Open. This Sunday coming the church will be open from 9am to 11am and, providing we abide by the social distancing recommendation of staying two metres apart, you are welcome to come to church for a time of prayer. On future Sundays the church will be open from 10am to 11am.
  • Caring for those who are self-isolating/ housebound. We will shortly be compiling a list of everyone who is self-isolating/ housebound and we plan to contact everyone on that list to see how we might be able to help them during this difficult time. More information on how this might work will follow.
  • Forming a team of volunteers. We are asking for volunteers who would be willing to: (a) phone a number of people who are self-isolating/ housebound to check they are ok; and/ or (b) to deliver some basic supplies.

Please email or phone Helen in the Church Office with your details if you are someone who is self-isolating/ housebound or you are willing to volunteer (office@stjohnsfareham.org.uk or 01329 280762).

We also want to encourage you to stay spiritually connected and for the moment we recommend reading through daily bible study notes and prayer or using an app on your phone. If you’d like help with what to use, please let us know. If you are able, you are also welcome to attend church for prayer when it is open on Sundays (as mentioned
above) or during the week during the usual office opening hours.

I and the Wardens are keeping in close contact with events and one another and will be in touch as things develop. If you have any immediate concerns, please let us know.

We continue to pray for all those affected by the virus, for doctors and nurses, and for those seeking to lead us through this difficult time.

And please let’s keep remembering Jesus is with us, he loves us, and he will walk with us through this time of trouble and into a much better time to come… ‘And I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).

With my love and best wishes.
Yours sincerely,
Rev. Bruce Deans,
Vicar.

Further information is available at… www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 30th September, 2020
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Church Office Open

Thursday, 1st October, 2020
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Church Office Open

Sunday, 4th October, 2020
  • 9:00 am-9:50 am: Holy Communion

  • 10:30 am-11:00 am: 'Church at Home' Coffee & Chat Zoom Mtg

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