A message from Christchurch Team
Dear Christchurch Family,
Further to our email earlier this week, you will have seen in the news that due to COVID-19, churches have been advised by the Diocese and Circuit to cease meeting for public worship on Sundays until we are advised it is safe to resume. This includes home groups, weekday services, toddler group, youth groups, gatherings or activities.
We have no information as to how long these restrictions will be in place.
However … The Church isn’t a building, it’s you the people, and we will remain very active as ‘the church’ in serving Jesus and showing His love to our community in a variety of different and caring ways.
It’ll be a little different
Russ and Clive, together with others, will join us all together every Sunday ‘online’ via the Christchurch website (www.christchurch-clevedon.org.uk ). Let’s join together Sunday for a short time of worship, prayer and teaching via a podcast.
We will seek to grow this time of worship as we become more confident in this new way of worshipping together with stories and testimonies.
To support our children, we have started a new blog which will be updated a few times a week with animated Bible stories, songs, craft ideas, activities to print off, prayers and more. You can see the blog at www.christchurch-kids.blogspot.com .
For Prayer, we will continue to send out our prayer sheet weekly and please do keep sending specific prayer requests to Jean Balcombe at email@example.com.
And for those around us
We are mindful of how we can all serve our neighbours in a variety of different ways according to our abilities.
To help you do this, there are newly printed cards available from the Christchurch office (or in the box outside if the office is closed) entitled ‘Happy to Help’. Please collect them or we are also happy to send them to you. They are designed for you to drop them into your neighbours’ homes so they know that you are there and care. The cards give you a space to write your name and phone number etc so they can get in touch with you. Long after this is over people will remember those who showed kindness and provided a listening ear and acts of random kindness.
Also, please remember to keep in touch with one another via phone, text or email and share prayer, hope and encouragement.
If you are in a ‘church group’ and self-isolating, please let your group leader know ie. home group, men’s group, refresh group, youth group etc.
If you are not in a home group or linked into a church group, please contact the Church office or a member of the clergy team so they can link you via our home group coordinator to a group who can keep in contact with you.
If you need to chat to Russ or Clive or any member of the leadership team, our email and phone details are available on the website or via Kathryn in the office (the answer machine will be checked as and when possible so if you need a more immediate reply from the office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Church website will be regularly updated with news and information, and we will be sending out communication via Church suite.
The church itself
The church and prayer room will be open for individual and personal prayer but only when the office is staffed.
Funerals and weddings can still take place within the advice and guidelines we have been given but only if attended by a small number of people, no mass gatherings.
Baptisms and christenings have been postponed and rearranged for later in the year. We will still be talking to families and couples who are considering Baptisms and Marriage.
We are awaiting news on where Suzy’s (our new curate) Ordination will take place.
God is here
We are also aware that there will be those of you who are facing uncertainty in your work, schools, family settings, managing illness and for those in full time care.
These will be difficult times for many of all ages and we would encourage you this week to hold each other in prayer, and read and reflect on Psalm 46. It begins:
‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble’.
We pray that you will know His love, presence, peace, power, patience, strength and hope in whatever situation you encounter this week.
With our love and prayers at this time,
Clive and Russ and the Christchurch team.