LATEST TEAM NEWS AND INFORMATION

Last updated 8 April 2020 at 10:30

CLOSURE OF CHURCH BUILDINGS—Message from the Church of England
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.  Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Holy Week, Easter  Day and Post Easter resources, as well as links to other on-line resources for daily and weekly prayer and services can be found here: LINKS TO ON-LINE SERVICES AND RESOURCES

A twice weekly newsletter, replacing the current WIS, Church News and Lacock Pew News, will be published on a Wednesday and Saturday giving more information.  This will be emailed to those who have signed up to our current newsletters.  You can be added to this distribution by emailing office@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk.  Copies of these newsletters can be found at: TEAM NEWS

More info at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

From Corsham Area Christian churches
Dear All. We are now living in difficult times and need to use our Christian values to help protect those that are more vulnerable than our selves, but making sure to keep your selves safe. Following the advice that has been given through the media.

The Lent courses have been postponed and will hopefully take place later in the year.

With a sad heart The Walk of Witness is also cancelled. We normally gather together with the Cross having Readings and hymns. This year the Gospel reading would be from Matthew V 26: The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus, to V 27: The Burial of Jesus. Maybe you can go for a walk (observing the social distancing rules of course) stopping to thank what we have take for granted, as times have changed. Pray for an improved future and all those that are helping to keep us safe.

If you have a cross that you could put up to remind us that this day our Lord Jesus Christ was put to death on the cross, if like me you keep your Palm cross that could be used. I hope this is helpful, may you all stay safe with the Love of the Lord around us.

LINKS TO ON-LINE SERVICES AND RESOURCES

This page will contain a list of on-line resources that you may find helpful.  It was last updated on 8 April 2020.  Should you require past items that have been posted please email admin@corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk

HOLY WEEK
Holy Week and Easter 2020  Some resources for Holy Week and a Service for Easter Day
Holy Week Family Resources activities for all the family
Bath Abbey Easter-and-Holy-Week-2020  Details of on-line services from Bath Abbey

Passion Monologues: Filmed by LAMPS actors on mobile phones in their own homes, The Passion monologues are extracts from LAMPS’ production of The Passion and follow the events of Holy Week. https://lampscollective.com/the-passion-monologues/

MAUNDY THURSDAY
Bishop Viv has invited us all to join with her in celebrating Maundy Thursday, at which the  clergy renew their ordination vows in a service to be streamed at 10.30am live on www.facebook.com/bristolcathedral, www.youtube.com/c/bristolcathedralvideo and  https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/.  The liturgy to be used can be downloaded here: Maundy Thursday Liturgy

EASTER DAY
Our clergy team are putting together an Easter Day Service which will be posted at tinyurl.com/GCLTV on Easter Sunday (before 10am).  Please use this in conjunction with the booklet “Holy Week and Easter 2020” that will accompany Team News 6 and join in at home.

A service from Bristol Catherdal with Bishop Viv  will to be streamed at 10.00am, as live on www.facebook.com/bristolcathedral, www.youtube.com/c/bristolcathedralvideo and  https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/.  The liturgy used can be downloaded here: Easter Day Liturgy

AFTER EASTER
https://springharvest.org/spring-harvest-home/Spring Harvest Home is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, we have some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of “Unleashed – The Acts Church Today“.  Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together.

Refreshing the Lord’s Prayer material written in 2019 by Bishop Steven Croft will allow Christians to continue beyond Easter Day with content that lends itself to a context where personal prayer is paramount and gathering for worship is not possible. The 40 daily reflections, with new introductions for each week and daily family challenges, will lead people to the start of Thy Kingdom Come. Content will be available through a campaign app with full audio, smart speakers, daily emails, an ebook (Kindle and iBooks), and print options are being explored.

On-Line video resources             (Scroll down for other resources)
You can find some daily services here: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
and here: https://www.stpaulsweb.org.uk/welcome.htm
or here: https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/
and here : https://www.bathabbey.org/
A daily refection with music can be found here: https://pray-as-you-go.org/

A daily hymn and A simple act of worship for passsiontide: https://www.rscm.org.uk/our-resources/hftd/.  Includes hymns (to which you can sing along as words are provided), readings and prayers (lasts 23 mins).

Other resources are available on the Church of England website at: www.churchofengland.org

PRAYERS in a PANDEMIC Our Team Vicar has put together a booklet which contains some simple acts of worship, a number of prayers to use, some suggested readings, and some ways of using TV, radio, or the internet to join in on services. View or Download here: PRAYING IN A PANDEMIC

Quick Reaction Code

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