Church of England Diocese of Liverpool St. Thomas, Melling

Coronavirus updates and news about what is happening in the Church of England in Maghull and Melling

We are continuing to follow the Church of England guidance and taking note of our local situation. Two of our Church buildings, St Andrew's (10am) and St Peter's (11.15am) are open for a harvest service Sunday 4th October and will review the situation for the rest of October afterwards. St Thomas's will remain closed during October. St James' is closing for October so will not hold a service on 4th October. All other regular activities and Open Church are not yet restarting: we will update this page when we have more information.

The Church Building and 'normal activities' may be closed but the Church is not. The Church is the people not the place. Please keep watching for details of our online services. Our You Tube online service ... Church to You...will continue for the foreseeable future. We are working to develop what we have been doing: it will still be a half hour service with bible reading, reflection, prayers and a song or two for you to join in with. We have realised that this service has not only met a need during lockdown but it is a way for people to come to Church who just can’t get there on a Sunday including people who have to work on a Sunday, people who aren’t feeling well enough to come to Church, people who are housebound and many many others.

We have created a new email address for you to get in touch to send us prayer requests, song requests or just to get in touch…...the email address is: [email protected]

You can also use this website or the email addresses provided to get in touch.

We are continuing to pray in the Team Prayers Zoom meetings (please get in touch if you would like to join in) and there are resources for prayer at home in the News and Notices section and on our Church Facebook page.

Our Church networks are ringing people to keep in touch and if you would like a phone call, again please message us via this website.

If you know someone who needs help please call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 to ask for support and to get advice on where else you may be able to access information and help. The teams will assess your needs and pass your information to Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS). Alternatively, you can complete the online form by clicking: here. The information provided will help them understand what type of support you need.

Volunteering: if you, or someone you know, would like to help in this way Sefton Council are referring people to Sefton CVS.

Please be assured of our continued prayer for this whole situation and please do join us in that prayer.

Here is a Night Prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book* which might help those who find night time difficult:

• Lord, it is night.

• The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.

• It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be.

• The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

• The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

• The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.

• In your name we pray.

Amen.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">* Prayer taken from “A New Zealand Prayer Book - He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa” and used with permission.</span>