A Message from the Rector and Church Wardens
I think for all of us there is a growing realisation of the seriousness of the situation we are in. None of us want to add to an alarmist panic but we are becoming acutely aware of the impact that this pandemic is already having on individuals, families, communities and businesses. Our whole society is being touched and all of us are being affected in one way or another. I want us to make sure we are doing the following.
- · To communicate to our community that we take this seriously and that whilst we might want to keep our activities and gatherings going, we are willing to stop them for the wider social good if required.
- · To give us all a chance to focus our attention on meeting the needs of everyone in our community.
· The Church of England guidance is not requiring us to cancel services at the moment, but it is requiring us to implement a number of significant precautions to reduce risks. For example, these include requiring everyone to wash their hands on arrival at Church. Guidelines are over the page
Being mindful of others in our church and our community
This is an exceptional time and our hope is that we will find many creative ways to “be church” as we seek to be a blessing to one another, our neighbours and our community. We have been called into fellowship with God and with each other and we are particularly mindful of the negative effects of social isolation. We want to make sure that we continue to act as a community of care I want to encourage you to continue to meet in your homes, in smaller groups, for worship and prayer. To attend Sunday services until such times we are told to stop. As I have repeatedly said, The Church is not a building, it is a community of people who want to serve the Lord.
I want us to be wise, as well as loving, in all we do. As a Church family let us look out for one another, care for each other and to serve each other at this time. Let us also reach out to our neighbours, colleagues and friends. Let us increase our prayer and acts of love and share our confidence in the gospel.
We want to protect and serve the most vulnerable in our community. We especially want to love those who may feel disconnected as a result. Pray also for the school. Pray for our Health Service. Pray for the WHO and the Government.
I want us to continue the work of pastoral care. If someone is unwell or feeling vulnerable, it would be good to know, so we can provide food, deliver medication and speak on the phone.
I would ask you to let me know if you become unwell in the coming week. Rev Julie. 01892 770436 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried about anyone please call The Rector; Linda Graham 01892770487 or Kathy Green 01892770208 or Donna Dewar 01342 326424 They will ensure no one feels isolated.
PHONE YOUR FAMILIES AND CHECK UP ON THEM.
PUT FOOD IN OUR BOXES IN CHURCH. WE NEED TO KEEP GIVING TO THE EAST GRINSTEAD FOODBANKS.
Here are some important guidelines for us to follow.
- You will be asked to wash your hands as you come into church or to use the hand sanitiser REMEMBER IT IS FOR 20 SECONDS.
- Communion will only be offered in one kind ( bread) with the Priest alone taking the wine
- No hand shaking or physical contact
- Where we have coffee after the service. Please allow those behind the table to serve you.
- Collection will be gathered in the plate on your way into church. We will not pass round the collection bags/plates
- IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CHURCH BUT DO LET THE RECTOR KNOW. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS LOVINGLY CARED FOR AT THIS TIME.
- THE REGISTER IS THERE TO SAFEGUARD US SHOULD WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU.
- WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU GET HOME
IN THE COMING WEEKS. WE MAY HAVE TO SUSPEND OUR CAFÉ’S
THE SCHOOL ARE REVIEWING THE SITUATION DAILY AS THEY ARE GIVEN ADVICE.