Monday's announcement didn't exactly take us by surprise, but it has still taken a while to work out exactly what we are doing during the November lockdown.
Sunday services will be entirely online for the duration of the lockdown. All services will be found in the St Michael's and St Mary's joint YouTube channel. Visit the website each week, or check the pew sheet mailing, to find a specific link to the individual service on YouTube.
The Wednesday service of Morning Prayer will continue to take place, but during the lockdown by Zoom. Details of the Zoom link will be provided with the pew sheet or by email: please email us at [email protected] to ask for an email each week to confirm the details, or to request the alternative telephone contact details.
The first Sunday of the lockdown is Remembrance Sunday when we will have a special Longframlington Remembrance Service starting at 10:45. This will be recorded and available on the St Michael's and St Mary's YouTube channel on Sunday morning. Once it is available, the file address will also be shown here, with the pew sheet circulation, or alternatively you can request the details by contacting us at [email protected]
In addition to local services, the Church of England continues to provide worship daily on its Daily Hope Freephone Prayer Line, where you can listen to hymns, reflections and prayers:
Phone Daily Hope on 0800 804 8044
Last, but certainly not least, we are encouraged by St Paul to pray at all times and in all places. The church will continue to be open for private prayer each weekday from 09:00. The outer door is left ajar with the porch light on to symbolise that the church continues, despite lockdown: we are definitely not closed for business! And individually, wherever we are, at home or anywhere else, we can take the opportunity to speak to our heavenly Father, and pour out our concerns before Him.
A prayer from the the Dean of Southwark has been widely circulated, and can be prayed by us all:
God of consolation,
hold us as we weep,
sustain us in our sorrow,
allow us to grieve,
then lead us to life,
your gift to us in Jesus.