Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Faith and St. Laurence, Harborne

Corona Virus update 17 March 2020

Corona virus news 

Update 18 March 2020

The WhatsApp group is up and running please contact Priscilla or Chris Terry to join

The Foodbank is open and will continue to need supplies so please continue to drop things into the collecting box and we will get stuff to them

Update 17 March 2020 

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. We are following this advice. This includes the Lent course.

We will seek to keep the church open during the day and Priscilla will post worship material and reflections on the website regularly. Further updates will be available through the website and Facebook and Twitter.

The Archbishops have published an article today calling for a National Day of Prayer and Action on Sunday 22nd March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the full text of the article here

If you are in a position to offer help to a potentially needy church member who is self-isolating, please would you let Priscilla know on [email protected] or 07896935798. If you would normally come to church but are self-isolating or ill, please let Priscilla know. We won't visit, obviously, but will keep in touch in other ways.

There are cards available in church for people to pop through a neighbour's door if you feel able to offer help. If you are passing, please pick some up.

These are extraordinary times, but we remember that we are upheld by the love and grace of God.

Julian of Norwich wrote "He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but he said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome."

In 1 John 4.18 Perfect love casts out fear.

Weddings and Funerals should be able to go ahead

Update 16 March 2020 

The Lent Couse will take place but in the Committee room

The Quiet Day is cancelled but we hope to run it later in the year

If you would normally come to church but are self-isolating or ill, please let Priscilla know. (we won't visit (obviously) but will keep in touch in other ways)

Stay and Play is now suspended

12 March 2020  

After guidance from the archbishops, the following measures are in place from today.

At Communion, the Common Cup is suspended. Communion will happen but people will just be offered the bread/ wafer and not the wine.

The sharing of the Peace will take place but without handshaking. British Sign Language, waving, elbow bumping and thumbs up will all be suitable alternatives.

Hand sanitiser will be used by the priest and server. If we can get hold of more, it will be available for the congregation too but currently we only have one bottle and need to prioritise.

In this time of uncertainty, care for one another is paramount. There are many who are vulnerable for reasons of age and underlying health conditions.

This is done not out of fear but from love.