Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Church during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Our Church building has been a place of worship for 165 years but on Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 13:30 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice in order to implement Government guidance about non-essential contact during the pandemic. Here is a prayer for those of you concerned about the pandemic: Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Whilst our building is closed, the people of God (the Church) are still at work. Until we can re-open the Church for public worship, our clergy, ministers and congregation are maintaining their lives of prayer and providing service to those in need during this difficult time. So, if you are in need of spiritual care or pastoral support please make contact with us via email from this website or by getting in touch (see information on left side panel). Our ministry team prays daily for a number of world, UK and local issues, people and concerns. Much of this is done privately but we also share prayers on this website in our "Lord we Pray" section as well as funeral details for those who want us to share this. 

If you know people who have NO INTERNET and are NOT ABLE TO USE online spiritual support services:

- Tell them about the free 24 hour Daily Hope phone line which they can ring on 0800 804 8044 to hear hymns, reflections and prayers with a welcome form the Archbishop of Canterbury.

- Give them our contact details if they want them. You can find these in the "About Us" and "Get in Touch" sections.

On this website you will find lots of resources to help you to maintain your spiritual life. These include:

- Online services led by Lucy, our priest-in-charge. These services of morning, midday and night prayer can be used daily. 

- You can also find a free downloadable Daily Prayers booklet produced by the Church Of England to use at home attached below.  

- Each Sunday you will find a list of the day's lectionary readings, a prayer for the day and a sermon to read at home. 

- If you prefer something simpler see our "A Word for Sunday" which is simple service of prayers and a thought for the day. 

- Some of you may prefer our services of Celtic Prayer Service or Healing Service.

For those of you who want to join other forms of online prayer and worship:

 - We have a St Matthew with St Chad Facebook page.

 - There is a national Church on the Church of England website with lots of resources: https://www.churchofengland.org

 - There are live and recorded services on the Church of England Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

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