Virtual Services during coronavirus

Virtual Services during coronavirus

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We find ourselves in uncharted waters as we, alongside our political leaders, seek to respond to the realities of life caused by the coronavirus. As such, we and the Council feel it wise, right and loving to cancel our meeting together until we have clearance to do so. Please be assured that the Church is still active – just differently.

I remain active as Chaplain and am always available for prayer or pastoral conversation – whether by WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype or phone. I will be praying for all of us in these days. I would like to encourage the setting up of WhatsApp groups for mutual prayer and spiritual encouragement; do put my and Deborah’s name on your list so that we can pray with you.

So what are we doing practically? Starting from Sunday, 15th March, our plans are the following:

The entire content of the service will be sent by email each week. Please get in touch if you would like your email address to be added to our distribution list (we require your express consent to do this).

We will also make the service available via the church website and our Facebook page each week. Please bookmark this webpage and share it with others as we continue to post the latest information here.

3rd Sunday of Lent, 15th March

Jenny Shaw suggests these hymns which you can listen to on YouTube as you follow the service:

4th Sunday of Lent, 22nd March

Jenny Shaw suggests these hymns which you can listen to on YouTube as you follow the service:

5th Sunday of Lent, 29th March

Read Click here to open a PDF and read the service
Watch Click here to watch a video of the service on YouTube (around 40 minutes)

As we had planned for this Sunday to be a BBC Songs of Praise-style service, Jenny Shaw collated the hymns today on that basis, choosing from among the old favourites. So worship the Lord and enjoy!

Guide me o thou great Jehovah
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
Lord of the dance
Great is thy faithfulness
And can it be
How great thou art

Palm Sunday, 5th April

Read Click here to open a PDF and read the service
Watch Click here to watch a video of the service on YouTube (around 35 minutes)

Jenny Shaw suggests these hymns which you can listen to on YouTube as you follow the service:

I will enter his gates
Jesus loves me
Hosanna, hosanna
You are the king of glory
My song is love unknown
Meekness and majesty

Maundy Thursday, 9th April

Read Click here to open a PDF and read the service
Watch Click here to watch a video of the service on YouTube (around 25 minutes)

Jenny Shaw suggests this hymn which you can listen to on YouTube as you follow the service:

Do you feel the world is broken

Good Friday, 10th April

Read Click here to open a PDF and read the service
Watch Click here to watch a video of the service on YouTube (around 16 minutes)

Jenny Shaw suggests these hymns which you can listen to on YouTube as you follow the service:

When I survey the wondrous cross
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Lift high the cross

Black Saturday, 11th April

Read Click here to open a PDF and read the service

 

Our youth worker, Jennie Hebson, suggests these songs that the children and youth can sing with their families:

Fun children’s songs, some with actions:
Help me be your eyes, Lord
I’m gonna jump up and down
We wanna see Jesus lifted high
One way
You are good
Alive
May the God of hope
Every move I make

Songs more appropriate for the youth:
Our God
You are good
My lighthouse
Jesus strong and kind
This is living now

A mix in Spanish:
Vivo estás
Hay libertad
Nuestro Dios
Amor sin condición
Vida tú me das

 

We are planning a Prayer Vigil for all the Sundays. You can sign up here.

Another suggestion is that you can have some bread and wine, and at the communion time on Sundays, you partake at home as if we were all partaking together.

Please note that as a result:

  • Safeguarding Training is postponed.
  • Potlucks are cancelled.
  • The First Communion Preparation group will not be meeting, but Jennie and Ed are working on alternatives.
  • Breakfast foods for the Salvation Army: this is our annual Lenten discipline – please contact us to determine the best way to drop donations off at church.
  • The Annual Church Meeting (ACM) scheduled for the end of April 2020 has been postponed until the autumn.

I know there is a lot of prayer going on, and my prayer is that the peace of Christ might truly reign in your hearts.

Below are two additional responses:

The following message (in Spanish) is from Revd Dani Sanchez of our fellow Anglican IERE church in Sabadell:

Queridos hermanos,

Después de algunas conversaciones que he tenido esta semana sobre la epidemia de coronavirus, si alguno de vosotros está preocupado o angustiado y siente que necesita hablar y/o orar, me ofrezco para ello. Podéis mandarme un mensaje al 651374330 y buscaremos el momento más adecuado.

Si no estás preocupado o angustiado, puedes ayudar a personas que si lo estén, orando con ellas, animándoles a confiar en Dios y recordándoles las medidas preventivas que las autoridades sanitarias (canalsalut.gencat.cat) difunden:

  • higiene frecuente de manos con agua y jabón o con soluciones alcohólicas 70%
  • utilizar pañuelos de un solo uso y toser/estornudar tapándose la boca
  • no compartir vasos o cubiertos sin limpiarlos
  • evitar el contacto cercano con personas que tengan síntomas de enfermedades respiratorias agudas como tos, estornudos, etc.

Hay otras medidas recomendadas para las celebraciones litúrgicas, que consisten en guardar una distancia prudencial con otras personas y no celebrar ritos que impliquen contacto, como el rito de la paz.

Otra forma en que podemos ayudar es no reenviando, ni comentando, mensajes que no provengan de fuentes autorizadas, que en nuestro entorno son: Ajuntament de Sabadell, Generalitat de Catalunya, Gobierno de España y Organización Mundial de la Salud.

Por último, es importantísimo no perder los tres sentidos más importantes: el sentido de la responsabilidad, el sentido común y el sentido del humor.

¡Bendiciones!

And this from our Bishops Robert and David:

These are troubling times. We are sincerely grateful to our clergy and lay officers for sustaining church life and bearing their parishioners’ anxieties as well as their own. We are aware of the plight of those who have to self-isolate and those facing restrictions on movement. We are greatly encouraged by clergy who are responding to the virus in imaginative ways and working constructively with their church councils in planning for an uncertain context over the coming weeks. The pastoral work and community leadership of you our beloved clergy is especially needed in difficult times.

It was times of hardship and exile that gave rise to the Psalter among the ancient People of Israel. You may wish to commend these ancient hymns as daily support for our faithful as we seek to put our trust in God.

We close with a prayer (with thanks to Exeter Diocese):

Keep us, Good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The Church of England publishes guidance to all clergy and congregations here.

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