WORSHIP IN CHURCH
Some of our churches are now open for services (see the current Loop Special for times).
Latest Government Regulations
Following the Prime Minister’s press conference on 9 September, we are glad to confirm the new Rule of 6 does not apply to places of worship, but it does apply to gatherings outside the church, i.e. in the churchyard, except for funerals. Sunday services and other acts of worship are therefore able to continue as advertised
FACE COVERINGS AND PUBLIC WORSHIP
Please be aware that from 8 August 2020 the government has made the wearing of face coverings in church mandatory, unless you are exempted under the regulations. Please check government information on this.
We ask you please to carry your own hand sanitiser to public worship with you if you can. All our churches will continue to have sanitiser available, but the hygiene advice for services of Holy Communion is that those who receive the bread should use sanitiser immediately after, if hands have accidentally touched at this point.
Revd Mary-Lou Toop, Priest-in-Charge, 7 August 2020
See News for:
- Your weekly special edition of the Loop (including previous editions)
- Sunday Readings and Reflections
Online Worship this Sunday 27th September at 6 pm!
Zoom in the Loop – Evening Prayer and catch up! Please let Mary-Lou, Hannah or Peter know by email by lunchtime on Sunday if you’d like to receive the invitation link. If you have joined us before, you will already be on our list of regulars, but we definitely don’t want this to be a closed group. All are welcome – it’s relatively easy if you have a laptop, smartphone or pc with a webcam and audio.
The Order of Service can be downloaded to view or print out (click or tap for Word.docx file or PDF file) and will also be emailed to our list of existing contacts along with the Zoom link. which will be sent out on Sunday. The reason for this is that we have had problems in the past when the invitation has gone out earlier – please always look for the most recent email!
St Mary's Church, Shrawardine, open for private prayer
As well as Sunday morning services, St Mary's is also open for private prayer as follows:
Autumn - From 1st September: church open Saturday and Sunday only, approximately 10am - 5pm, for anyone who wishes to visit for private prayer. We have prepared some prayers you may like to take with you if visiting the church for individual, private prayer: Word.docx file or PDF file.
Winter – From 25 October (when British Summer Time ends): open for Sunday services, any other services and at the request of anyone wanting to visit the church.
Please ensure that you bring a face covering with you unless you are exempt.
Midweek worship at home Click here for a lovely resource from the Church of England, giving a suggested rhythmn of daily prayer.
A cross in a hedge spotted opposite Leaton Church, by a passer-by. A small sign of hope to surprise us, nestling amongst the darling buds of May. Death and resurrection, death and resurrection, over and over- that is our Christian journey, and in these challenging times it throbs with a particular poignancy. May we find resurrection joy in the small things today, give thanks and be nourished!
Prayers For Use During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Click this link for the Church of England's 'Worship at Home' section of their Corona virus guidance page where you can download a PDF of prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Read update from Mary-Lou Toop, Priest in Charge about Covid-19 here: Loop Bulletin 1 15th March 2020
A Prayer for these Unsettling and Anxious Days
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.
Revd Mary-Lou Toop 13 March 2020