Coronavirus Updates

24 June 2020

Where we are up to…

You may have heard the announcement yesterday that we can begin to worship again in church. This is great news and I am so looking forward to us all being back together again.
However, there are still restrictions in place which will have a big impact on our worship, and we are waiting for more guidance from the Church of England as to how we can take things forward.

It seems likely that we will not be able to sing together, and I am not sure how we will be able to share communion either, and we will not be able to share refreshments. Our numbers will be restricted and we will still be observing the 2 metre rule (as we have the space to do this in church).

Added to this, the possibility of a second wave of the virus may change any plans we make to move forward.

All of us involved in preaching and leading will be meeting to discus the way forward, with close consultation with the church wardens. So watch this space and we will try to keep you informed as things progress. This will not be a return to church as we know it just yet, and it may not happen in July. In the meantime we will keep our new online presence on Sundays and during the week and we hope to develop more online worship opportunities for our children over the summer.

Please pray for us as we plan and prepare and we will continue to pray for you all.


As many of you know by now our Sunday services and midweek meetings have been suspended. We love meeting together but we love you more, and want to ensure that you all stay as healthy as possible.

Check out our facebook page for news at https://www.facebook.com/StMarksLSpa/

A weekly service is streamed on Sundays at 10.30am. The link can be found on our Facebook page and usually on the weekly notice sheet. If you would like to receive the notice sheet by email please contact the church office (office@st-marks.net) 

In the meantime, keep praying, keep singing and keep looking out for each other and your neighbours. I have a feeling that this could become an exciting time of doing church differently, of learning new things about prayer and service. In Isaiah 43 we are told not to fear, God is with us, and will not leave us. The chapter goes on.... 'Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert'. I think for many of us this time feels scary and unknown. Even in the most barren places God makes a way for us, gives us water in dry lands. May you know God's presence and power as you encounter Him in new ways in the coming weeks. 

Information about the wider church can be found on the Diocesan Website  https://www.coventry.anglican.org/  

Jo x


 

I never imagined in over 40 years of church going and 13 years as a priest that I would ever have to lock our church and not allow people in. It goes against everything I believe about the inclusive welcome we want to show to all people at all times.

This is a unique time in our history however, and we must do anything we can to try and hold back this onslaught of this virus. So the church is closed, but it’s people are out there and doing amazing things to help people in our communities.

Do pray for our frontline workers, carers, doctors and other health professionals, shop workers and all those who are keeping things going, postal workers, and council staff. Pray for those who are frightened and lonely and pray for our leaders who are facing decision making that is unprecedented.

Look after yourselves and call us if we can do anything to support you. 01926 421004 (ext 1)