20 March 2020

Church in a time of Coronavirus:


Sunday Services

Please find below what we are offering this week for services if anyone would like to join us, everyone welcome as always, Emma

This week there is a choice of Sunday Service. With the help of my children I have uploaded a service onto YouTube called St Just and St Mawes Holy Communion Service which has been recorded from my house and Penny has sent me electronic recordings over the internet from her house. Or follow the link


https://youtu.be/WyivuSIQ0tc

If you click on subtitles then it is possible to follow along with the service responses. The subtitles are computer generated, I didn’t write them.

However… for those of you feeling really intrepid I am also intending to have a live service on Zoom tomorrow morning at 10.30am.

It does not cost you anything to download Zoom and Andrew Prince has not only provided a very helpful guide to follow to get connected (see below) but he is also willing to talk anyone through who would like to join in but would like some one to help them through the technical side. People at St Mawes will know Andrew but for everyone else he has had umpteen years experience in IT and is very kind and patient!!! To contact Andrew please email andrewp@princetraining.co.uk or phone him on 07770427327.

You will need the Meeting ID: 367-829-604 to join the meeting.

I wish you every joy and thank you for your patience as we explore new ways of being and doing church in these unusual times. I hope that you manage to access at least one of these services.

All the very best
Emma

Coronavirus Update

Dear All,

The latest guidance has come through from the Church of England which is to put public services on hold until further notice. All public worship is now suspended. No one is allowed to enter the Churches.

The Pastoral group is intending to keep connected with the people we have on the electoral roll but please let us know if you or someone you know needs support. Local community groups and individuals are rallying around providing amazing support for people with their daily needs. As a church we have such a tremendous rock on which our lives and faith are built, we can provide comfort for people who are worried or anxious and reassure them that God has ultimate control over this situation. That through His love he longs to draw close to people and bring them comfort and even though we can’t visit we can phone our friends and neighbours, we can offer to pray for them and reassure them that God’s love is stronger than anything they might have to face and He alone can bring the deep comfort and sanity which we need right now.

There are creative ideas on the internet for how as Christians we can pray, send daily words of encouragement and continue to hold bible studies online.

It would be good if we could come up with a way of establishing a prayer chain so that together we can be holding a number of people in prayer and people can continue to pray for others from home. Let me know if you would like to be involved in this and we can start getting it up and running.

Sunday 22nd March was a National Day of Prayer and Action and we were all asked to light a candle and put it in our windows at 7 pm as a visible sign of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. Many people are continuing to light the candle at 7pm and use it as a symbol of prayer and hope.

In the meantime, do let me know your own ideas how as churches we can best support and serve the people of our parishes at this time and any ideas for how we continue to “do” and “be” church in this unprecedented time.

Many thanks
Emma

“At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.” Prayer from Churches together in England.

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