Update 8 July 2020. St Mary’s and St Peter’s Churches have resumed public worship.
We are delighted that we are now able to worship God in public services, including Holy Communion, and to open St Mary’s Church for private prayer. Weddings, funerals and baptisms have resumed, with restricted numbers. Many of our ministers and volunteers are not yet available to serve in church, and our buildings are being adapted. We want to ensure everyone’s safety as far as we can, so we are doing what is sensible and sustainable. We want you to want you to be confident when you come into our church buildings.
We understand that some people will naturally be cautious about coming to church and as long as there is a significant demand, we will continue to offer online worship.
And of course, we will continue to offer pastoral support and practical help as far as we are able.
At present, St Mary’s Church is not open for tourism visits.
Our parish office landline number is no longer monitored. Administrative staff are working from home and can be contacted on 07561 334695.
We expect things to change frequently and will update this page.
The Church of England publishes extensive guidance, interpreting the government’s latest advice.
In this time of pandemic
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
For those in isolation
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For those who are worried
you are compassionate to those in need
and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those
who are fearful at this time.
Help us all to put away
all thoughts and actions
that separate us from you
and from one another.
Give us grace to live our lives
confident in your promise that you are with us always. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
For those who are ill
we entrust to your unfailing
and tender care,
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there
to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For health workers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom
to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From one who is ill or isolated
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.