Coronavirus: A message from the church
Although our church buildings are closed for worship because of Coronavirus, we are still a worshipping community in our own homes.
First be constant in prayer. Across our Deanery all the clergy are praying every day at 9.30am. Perhaps make this your prayer time too? Our community, country and world need our prayers for healing: be united in your home with thousands of others. Pray especially for all who work in our NHS and emergency services. The Church of England provides services of prayer on its website every day. Each morning our clergy will be using the ‘Morning Prayer (Contemporary)’ service at 9.30am so if you’d like to unite with them you can do so. If you’d like to follow along on your smartphone, there is a Daily Prayer app which you can download. Links to these are on our website www.stthomas-stocktonheath.org.uk/
As a church we subscribe to Roots On The Web which is producing worship resources for each Sunday and making them available to subscribers. There will be a set of resources for adults and a set for families. We will be emailing a link each week to everyone on our Electoral Roll who has provided us with an email address. If you’re a regular member of our church and don’t think we have your email, please send it to Michael to be added to the distribution list.
Look regularly at our church websites as we’ll be updating as new information becomes available.
You are not alone. Our Pastoral team are ringing households in isolation on a regular basis and volunteers will shop and get prescriptions for you. If you’d like to get in contact, you can leave a message on the vicarage answerphone 261396.
Look out for and care for each other. Not least, we urge you to follow the government’s advice if you are in a high risk category: please act selflessly in the common good, setting aside your own desires to get out and about, and acting responsibly to protect those who are less robust than you. Little acts of kindness still make a difference: you can ring or text your friends and neighbours even when you are staying inside your own home.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Revd Michael Ridley 01925 261396 07891 978 920
Revd Rob Icke 07850 407 366