‘Doing Church Differently’
Since the start of lockdown in March, worship locally, at the Diocesan level, and nationally, has continued to be provided online, with clergy adapting quickly to the new circumstances. The livestreaming of services has become the norm, and increasingly accessible and professional. One advantage of this is that these services have attracted a number of people who were not regular attenders, but who are enjoying church in a different way, at home. We were delighted to be able to share jointly in a Zoom service at 10.30am on 14th June, which drew approximately 50 participants. It was particularly heart-warming to have prayers by video from children in both parishes, and piano and vocal accompaniment from Marcus and Lucy.
You can access David Meakin’s weekly service, livestreamed at 11am, on the Schorne Team Facebook page, or later in the day via YouTube.
You can share a recorded service, produced by Steve and Sarah Flashman, designed to be watched on a Sunday evening, at www.quaintonchurch.com.
Bishop Steven’s 10.00am Sunday morning communion service can be livestreamed directly from the front page of the Diocese of Oxford’s website, with a downloadable Order of Service to accompany it (https://www.oxford.anglican.org/)
There are very useful resources on the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/
Materials for Reflection and Worship
Our ministers are providing materials for reflection and worship, which can be emailed out to anyone requesting them. If you would like to receive Janet’s ‘Candle of Hope’ reflections and readings, please email her. Similarly, if you would like our ‘Sunday Reflections’, please email Petra.
Prayers and Support
We are keen to offer all the support we can at this time, and even if we can’t visit, we are available for pastoral phone conversations. If you have particular concerns that you would like to share and talk through with someone, then please let Petra or Janet know.
In both parishes we have a long-established prayer ministry. To request prayers for family or friends, please contact one of our co-ordinators or either minister directly. Requests for prayers will be dealt with sensitivity and confidentiality.
Prayer co-ordinator for North Marston Church:
Anne Nicholson email@example.com
Morning Prayers have been reinstated via Zoom, and are open to all. These take place on Thursday mornings from 10.00am – 11.00am. Please email Petra if you would like to join us, and she will send you a link to the meeting. You can be an active participant, or just watch and listen.
At this point in time, we still do not know what the future holds, or have any idea of the timescale which will be put in place for the return to shared worship. What is certain is that when we are allowed to come back together, it is going to be a very measured and lengthy process, perhaps with services with restricted congregations allowed first. Our priority will be to bring the members of our church back together, with the safety of all central to our thinking.
We may not be able to meet up and see each other in person, but we can keep in touch by phone and email. We realise that trying to stay at home can mean loneliness for many and, as time goes on, social isolation can have a detrimental effect on our wellbeing. Please do let us know, if we can help in any way.
Rev Petra Elsmore: 07365605412 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Janet Bayly: 670245 email@example.com
Churchwardens North Marston:
Aly Perrett 670302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tricia McSweeney: 670484 email@example.com