Coronavirus Information & Support 

Latest:
All mid-week meetings and events are cancelled for the time being.  Check back here for updates as they come through - we'll update this page frequently as further news and information becomes available.

Information about live streaming online services can be found here

 


'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.' (Psalm 91 verse 1)

Dear Friends,

This is just to keep you up to date with how we're responding to coronavirus as church families.

  1. The headline is that we want to take wise precautions for the sake of the vulnerable, but we mustn't give way to worry - the Lord Jesus has defeated death for everyone who trusts Him.  If we're trusting Him, we don't need to be afraid of anything else.
     
  2. If you've got a temperature or a cough or need to self-isolate for any reasons, please follow government advice and stay at home!  We're hoping to be able to live-stream the service from this Sunday onwards, technology permitting.
     
  3. Other precautions we're taking include: encouraging people to bring their own Bibles where possible; not sharing wine at Communion; sitting some distance apart in the church building; not having refreshments; cancelling mid-week groups; and not shaking hands.
     
  4. Our priority at the moment is supporting those who are most vulnerable.  If you would appreciate help with shopping, post,  or a phone call to check you're OK, please call  01782 720392.  If you would like to offer to help support our neighbours, please use the Contact Us form on the website to send us your phone number, email, and postal address (so we can match help up where it's needed).

Some resources that speak about Coronavirus from a Christian perspective include:

- A sermon on worry preached at St James about the virus is available here:

- Some helpful ideas of things to pray are here

- C. S. Lewis is helpful in a very short post here

- Some thoughts on talking to children about coronavirus and other scary news here

Simon Tomkins
Vicar of St John's, St Martin's and St James