This week at Collective Worship at Settle Primary, the theme was thankfulness. So I talked to them about the storms of life - a few images of the recent storms and floods, followed by the story of Jesus calming the storm. It is a difficult concept for young children to grasp...but does it get any easier for us adults?
The storms in our lives keep on coming. It is the way life is and it is not always easy to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The latest concern, of course, being the prospect of Coronavirus arriving in our parishes.
As I write this letter, the number of those infected with Covid-19 in the UK is rising daily, high-profile events around the world are being cancelled and it seems that every hand-sanitiser and soap shelf in the shops are empty. Yes…there is evidence of panic in the air!
What isn’t changing, is the advice that is being given to stay safe… “Wash your hands – use a tissue for coughs and sneezes – avoid touching your face.”
At church, we have issued the following which is displayed on our parish notice boards:
“CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR PARISHES ISSUED BY CHURCH OF ENGLAND”.
COVID-19 has NOT been declared a pandemic and at present there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended. However, as per advice given by Church of England, as a precaution, the following guidelines will be followed:
• Hand-sanitiser will be available at the entrance of the church for parishioners to use.
• Refrain from hand-shaking during the peace.
• In addition to following best-hygiene practices, the priests presiding at the Eucharist and communion administrators will use an alcohol-based hand-sanitiser prior to the Eucharistic Prayer.
• Those taking communion are given the option (until further notice) of receiving Communion in one kind (bread only)
• No intinction (this is not recommended, even by celebrants or communion-administrators, as this represents an infection transmission route as well as a risk to those with certain allergies.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will respond with immediate effect, should the situation change.
‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’ Psalm 46:1
3-Parish Dates for your Diary
Wednesday, March 4th at 7.30p.m. - StA’s PCC meets in church
Friday, March 6th at 7.00p.m. - World Day of Prayer at the Friends’ Meeting House, Settle
Wednesday, March 11th at 2.00p.m. - Mothers’ Union members meet at Limestone View. Speaker: Rev. Julie Clarkson
Thursday, March 19th at 6.30p.m. – Songs of Praise at Limestone View, Settle
Monday, March 23rd at 7.00p.m. – StA’s APCM followed by refreshments
Wednesday, March 27th at 10h00 - Rewind to Easter at Holy Ascension
Monday, March 30th at 7.30p.m. – Holy Trinity’s APCM in Rathmell Reading Room
Churches Together Lent Courses
Tuesday 10th & 24th March, 7th & 21st April [fortnightly] at Limestone View
Lent Course 2.30 – 3.30pm : ‘Superstar’: 2020 York Lent Course - Meet in the Lounge)
Wednesday 4th, 11th ,18th *, 25th March and 1st April, at St John’s Methodist Church (*Except 18 March at Holy Ascension)
Lent Course 7.30 – 9pm : The Long Road to Heaven - Based on the film ’The Way’, shown on first evening
The 3-Parishes Diary is attached below. This has full details of our services and events this month.