Update Tuesday 19th January 2021:
Firstly, this message assures you all of our continuing prayers for the parish and our world as we continue to come to terms with the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Parish Standing Committee met on 18th January and together we made the difficult but ultimately necessary decision to keep all churches in the parish closed until the end of February. We emphasise that we do not take any church closures lightly or willingly and will review the situation in mid-February to decide about services in March.
We know that for many people this will be disappointing; we strongly want to get back to our buildings and worship face-to-face. However, with the pandemic still present in such a virulent form we felt that this was the only course of action open to us in order to keep both our worshippers and the wider community as safe as possible.
Meanwhile as it says on the banner on the front page of this newsletter, “Our buildings are closed but our church is still open!” We encourage you to take carefully note of all the online resources mentioned in this newsletter and make as much use of them as possible so that we may continue to worship God as a parish community and family. Please also consider how you can keep in touch with those who don’t have access to online material or are not confident in using such.
In the knowledge that God is with us all at this difficult time.
Robert and David
Update Tuesday 5th January 2021:
Following the new national lockdown the clergy have taken the decision to close the churches in the parish for all services except funerals, at least for the month of January. Therefore all the planned services have been cancelled. Our online service will continue, which you are encouraged, and very welcome, to attend. In addition there will be a second online service in the evening.
Revds David Hildred and Robert Legge have issued a letter to the parish regarding the most recent Covid-19 announcement.
- A group of us will be reading the Bible together 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm for about an hour. This will happen via Zoom. We plan to read 1 Thessalonians in 6 sessions. If you would like to join us, please make contact via the parish office. Hilary Hildred
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January 2021: This year’s theme is “Abiding in Christ”. With restrictions still in place it is unlikely that we will be able to get together with friends from Churches Together in Kidderminster. We will still mark the Week in KEP with special emphasis on the theme of Christian Unity during our own services, including Morning Prayer and Contemplative Prayer. For those who wish to find out more please see the website of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.