To the Church Family
Further protective measures.
In order to keep us all safe, I write to advise further protective measures we need to take. Whilst quite the opposite of what I would normally be saying, I am asking you not to come to church unless you need to. We will still have the church open from 10am to 11am, Sundays to Thursdays but this is for personal prayer only and you should use alcoholic gel or wash your hands thoroughly on entry and on leaving. Committee meetings and house groups should not meet in person, but may look at meeting via video conferencing e.g. Zoom. Wednesday Holy Communion and Tuesday Coffee Morning have been cancelled. The APCM is likely to move to Sunday 26th April at 11am – but we are asking that any queries be submitted in advance and that only essential people actually attend.
Caring for our community
On a more positive note, our plans to compile a list of those who are self-isolating/ housebound is progressing well and we plan to contact everyone on that list to see how we might be able to help them during this difficult time. We are also compiling a list of 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 (email@example.com or 01329 280762).
‘Church at home’ packs
We also want to encourage you to stay spiritually connected and we plan to email everyone with ‘church at home’ packs on Sunday mornings so that you and your family, if they live with you, can spend a time of worship together on Sunday mornings. This may include things like a bible reading, a sermon, maybe 3 or 4 questions to help you think further, a suggested prayer, a suggested outworking of the main message, possibly a children’s activity and suggested web links to songs etc. There may also be the opportunity for discussion and for prayer requests via Facebook or Zoom. We’ll try it this Sunday and see how it goes!
I know many of you will be giving what you can in terms of your talents and time. However, can I ask that if you are not giving by PGS/ standing order, but still able to give financially you consider continuing your weekly giving by transferring money directly into the church bank account (St. John the Evangelist PCC; Sort code 30 93 17; A/C No: 01042433). Alternatively, you might prefer to put your gift aside each week ready for the day when we can all be together again. Sadly, one of the impacts on the church when we’re not able to meet together regularly is that we fall out of habits including our giving and it can have a significant impact on the church’s financial stability. But please let me be clear – if you can’t give anything – that is fine!
I am keeping you all in my prayers. Please do let us know if you need help with anything or can help others.
With my love and best wishes.
Rev. Bruce Deans,
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’. (Romans 15:13)
Further information is available at… www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus