Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Updated Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 10.15am
Following the government’s announcement yesterday evening, and in line with advice from the Diocese of Lichfield, we must sadly close both Christ Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd buildings until further notice. The churches will therefore no longer be open for private prayer.
However, although the buildings are closed, the body of Christ (the people who make up the church) is still very much open, so please do still contact us if you need us.
Updated Friday 20th March 2020 at 3.00pm
Please take the time to read the above letter from the rector explaining the current situation and the planned way forward.
We have created a new page on this website called ‘Home Worship’. We will be updating that page with worship resources (hopefully each week), so please do keep checking back.
Plans are currently being created to ensure we can keep in contact with you all in the months ahead. If you are on the electoral roll, you should receive the above letter and Sunday’s worship resources either by email or delivered to your home address. Please do get in touch with us if you not receive this by Mothering Sunday. Also, if you receive a paper copy and would be happy to receive future updates by email, please do let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Updated Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 5.15pm
Unfortunately, in line with the latest Church of England guidelines, all of our Sunday services and midweek gatherings are suspended with immediate effect.
All of the following will therefore also be cancelled:-
- Place of Welcome (Tuesday afternoons)
- Weekly Prayer Lunches
- Lent Lunches (Saturdays)
- Prayer Breakfasts (Thursdays)
- Lent Course (Thursday morning at Christ Church and Monday evening at the Church of the Good Shepherd)
However, please be aware that the church building itself at Christ Church will remain open as usual during the week for private prayer, and we will aim to extend this to the weekend if possible.
Of course, God’s church is the people not the building, and although we will not be meeting for regular worship, we will be looking at ways to continue our pastoral support.
Here are just a couple of options available online to support you in prayer and worship from home:-
- The services of Morning and Evening Prayer for each day are available on the Church of England website, which can be used individually or in groups.
- Several churches provide a live stream of their main Sunday service that can be watched online, such as All Hallows by the Tower in London.
A Prayer from the Church of England
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.