The new working group setup by St. Bartholomew’s in conjunction with the Parish Council and advertised in the Insight Supplement sent to every household is already seeing some success. People have received food, medicine and telephone calls of support in the last week alone. Well done all those who are supporting this initiative to fight the Coronavirus Epidemic.
For more information on the Support Group please click HERE
Bishop Keith has asked that homes throughout the Chester Diocese should again, safely, place a candle in their front window at 7pm on Sunday, 29th March. The clocks will have gone forward, but as darkness gathers, they should become more obvious. Let us remember again, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it”.
We have been working at ways to keep in touch with each other to enable us to be ‘together apart’.
Chris Pope has set up a WhatsApp Group for anyone in the 4 churches to join if they wish. To join you need to have the WhatsApp application installed on a phone, tablet or personal computer. Contact Chris Pope on 07771 684000 and he will add you to the group.
I have been made aware that some people without access to a mobile phone are concerned about the cost of calling mobile numbers from a landline. OfCom guidelines suggest that this should cost no more than 10 – 20 pence per minute. Some providers charge an additional 23 pence connection charge. It will not cost the £4 – 5 per call that some fear to make the kind of calls necessary to ask for help and to place orders.
Please forward the e-mails I’m sending to those you know who would appreciate it. If they would like to be added to them mailing list, I can do that if they let me have their e-mail address. Even in these strange times, we have to have regard for GDPR Data Protection regs, so I cannot add people without consent.
Another way of keeping in touch is to pray at the same time as others are praying. John Malbon has provided the attached daily prayers which he and Janet, together with those in the Thursday Bible Study Group, are using at 10.00 each day. Please feel free to join in. I am saying Morning Prayer at 8.45 each morning in the Vicarage (Friday may be later!). I will also celebrate Communion on behalf of everyone each Sunday at 11.00 am in the area of my spare room which I’ve made into a chapel.
I am also happy for people to telephone the Vicarage, and please keep in touch with each other that way, especially if you are not on the internet or don’t use social media platforms.
Revd S Anne Lawson
Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of
St Mary’s Acton, St Bartholomew’s Church Minshull, St David’s Wettenhall, St Oswald’s Worleston
A message from the Vicar 24th March, 2020.
I am contacting you about a number of important matters in relation to the current coronavirus epidemic.
First and most importantly, please know that I am concerned for everyone within the parishes and continue to pray for all of you. I will do my best to keep you up to date as and when appropriate, and I know that you will do all you can to support each other at this difficult and challenging time. Advice has been flowing faster than it is possible to keep up with recently, and I need to digest all the information and work out how to apply it. For now:
1. It is with regret that St Bart’s Church is closed for the foreseeable future. It will re-open in due course when Government advice suggests that it is safe to do so.
3. I am working hard to ensure that appropriate worship resources appear on the websites as soon as possible.
4. Supporting those who are self-isolating is crucial. A neighbourhood contact newsheet has gone to every household in Church Minshull which you may wish to use.
5. I would like to set up telephone circles so that we can keep in touch.
6. There are various community Facebook pages being set up to support people through this difficult time. At the moment I’m aware of a Community Facebook Page in Worleston and there is also a Facebook page which covers all the parishes at: COVID-10 Rural Support Group-South Cheshire.
7. Finally, but still important if you’ve managed to read this far, please respect the fact that I am in the vulnerable category. It is important that I stay as well as possible in order to be available when I am really needed. I am therefore restricting contact with people as much as is reasonable, but not entirely self-isolating. I will continue to work, but it will be in different ways. I continue to be available to you on the phone (01270 628864) and by e-mail email@example.com
. I will continue to enable appropriate forms of worship and appropriate forms of pastoral care. If I cannot meet your need because I am keeping myself to myself wherever possible, I can contact those who can. I would be grateful of your understanding in this. Please do not interpret it as an unwillingness to engage with the situation or as laziness on my part
Please do all you can to keep yourselves safe and to care for each other in new and different ways, and above all, please stay in touch.
In Christian love and with my prayers,
Revd S Anne Lawson
Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of St Mary’s Acton, St Bartholomew’s Church Minshull, St David’s Wettenhall, St Oswald’s Worleston.
Morning Prayer will be said in
St David’s Wettenhall on Monday
St Mary’s Acton on Tuesday
St Oswald’s Worleston on Wednesday
St Bart’s Church Minshull on Thursday
St Mary’s Acton on Saturday
Communion will be celebrated on behalf of everyone, by the vicar, in a church in the group on Sundays.
There is no need for anyone to attend but a very small number can if the personal need is great.
For now, there is a prayer for the coronavirus epidemic at: https://www.churchofengland.org/
There is also a prayer for the day at: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer/todays-prayer
and there are also various other apps to download to help us to worship at: Apps