Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Saint Bartholomew, Wickham Bishops and Saint Nicholas, Little Braxted

Our doors may be closed but our hearts are open

31 Mar 2020, midnight

Because of the Coronavirus issue the following applies until further notice:

 Public Worship Services, events and activities are suspended in church including weddings and baptisms. We shall be guided by further government advice at the end of the ban.

 Funerals may take place at the graveside or at Crematoria with close family only

Current action and provision:

 Rev Hilary is streaming a morning service at 10.30 on Sundays on Facebook Live.

 A copy of the Sunday Service will be posted on the church website and can be emailed if requested

 There will also be a streamed service of Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 10.15 to

10.30am on Zoom (http://zoom.us) You can use Zoom on a computer or smart phone. Please email her if you wish to participate.

 A copy of the Weekly Pew Sheet with Readings and the prayer list will on the Website

 Watch for details of a Messy Church ‘virtual gathering’ on Sunday 5th April at 4.00pm

 With Easter around the corner watch the Website for any special announcements.

The Musical Meal Deal concert was obviously postponed, and we have pencilled in a new date of

Saturday 19th September at 12.30pm. It was a ‘sell-out’ so please retain your tickets.

Pastoral care - In any time of uncertainty and difficult it is important to look after each other please do get in touch if you need any kind of support- whether practical or emotional. We will pass along needs as they emerge. Staying in regular contact with each other would be great. In Little Braxted the Neighbourhood Coronavirus Support Network (NCSN) tel: 07791 397160 is the local ‘go to’ support service for those self-isolating and/or in need of support/shopping/ or just a friendly call.

“We are in a time of great challenge and great opportunity, as the Archbishops wrote, -“This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly a church for all, or just the church for ourselves? We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.’

In these difficult and challenging times please do keep in touch and especially watch for announcements and changes on our Website: www.churchinwickhambishops.org.uk We are confident that once again we can rise to the challenge- to adapt to our context and ask the Holy Spirit to use us in a new way.

With every blessing and all good wishes,

Hilary Le Sève