COVID-19

We recognise this is a very difficult and worrying time for many people. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers. We are doing what we can to continue serving the community. Do please share your thoughts with us as we work to see what we can do to support people in the community.

Reopening

We are conducting risk assessments with a view to reopening. Please check our Facebook pages for the latest information or contact us directly.

Can you help? Do you need help?

You may have a skill you can offer. You may need help. Both may apply to you. It’s early days for us as we try to get our heads around things. We are concerned to make sure that no one comes to harm, so we cannot move as fast as we would like.

At this stage, please let us know your thoughts and ideas. Is there anyone you know who is going to find things particularly difficult? Who in the community might be able to help them? Do you know of agencies we might not? Most importantly, please keep in touch.

Services in church suspended

To keep everyone safe, all services in church are suspended until further notice. Please see our ‘Church Services’ tab for details of our online worship services. Do please invite your friends to these.

Please click on the links below that interest you.

Mental health resources

If you are worried about your mental health, please see the resources below:
https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/mental-health-resources

If your concerns are more urgent, please visit:our ‘Advice‘ page

Coronavirus prayers

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.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
God of compassion,
be close to 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,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.