What's happening at St Mary's, St Peter's and St Thomas'?
We are delighted to announce that, following recent relaxation of the restrictions placed upon us during this crisis, we are now able to open our churches again for individual prayer. Thanks to the hard work of the Churchwardens and a small band of volunteers, it will be possible once again to enjoy the peace of these holy places where, as TS Eliot wrote, "prayer has been valid." Although we will continue to worship on Sundays from our homes for the time being, our buildings will be open as follows:
St Mary's will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesdays and Sundays from 17 June.
St Peter's will be open daily, except on Sunday mornings, from 16 June.
St Thomas' will be open daily, except on Sunday mornings - an opening date is yet to be announced.
Please help us to keep you safe by following the guidelines posted on the doors. You may also find that, following funerals or maintenance work, we need to close them for 72 hours to allow any potential contamination to disperse naturally. Please bear with us if this becomes necessary - we will post notices on the doors to inform you if this is necessary.
We continue to endeavour to keep our community functioning in different ways through this time. If you are a regular member of one of our worshipping congregations, you will be receiving regular phone calls from one of a number of kind volunteers who are acting as community hubs. If you need any practical, emotional or spiritual support, they will be your first port of call. But please, if your need is urgent and you can't get hold of them, do call the Vicar - the answerphone will always be on, even if she is out and about.
This page, as well providing a shortcut to some useful information, is also a link to 2 new pages. One has resources for Sunday worship at home, including a downloadable copy of the service (which is also available in hard copy in our churches) and links to readings, a sermon and intercessions. The other has resources for daily prayer that you might find helpful.
We give thanks to God, who has been walking beside us through this painful and testing time, giving thanks for His mercy and goodness to us and to our community.
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you."