Coronavirus page

This is where we will post the latest news about what's happening in the Church Family.

Regretfully, St Oswald's is now closed for services and group meetings until further notice. Along with other churches, all weddings and baptisms have been cancelled. We will contact wedding couples when we have more information. Contact can still be made by phone to the Parish Office 01691 652861 as calls are being redirected, or by email at stoswald.office@gmail.com

Services can be found on the SERVICES page and also on Facebook, at

https://www.facebook.com/stoswaldsoswestry/

 We can provide a transcript so if you know someone who would appreciate a copy, please let Harvey know.

Also on Facebook:- 'Virtual St Oswald's', a private group for church people to keep in touch with each other. Go to Facebook, search for Virtual St Oswald's  and click 'join'.


THE PEW SLIP IS BACK, iT WILL BE CALLED THE 'NEWSLETTER' AND WILL include HARVEY'S WEEKLY BULLETIN. FRANCES SAYS "We hope there will be a weekly issue - a new normal! - and one day it will say "this is the last one - come to church!" Click the link below to read or download. If you can, please print it off and offer it to  those of your friends and neighbours who do not have internet access.  That way we should get greater coverage.

News from St Oswald’s Church - Pentecost

(We are trialling this weekly information sheet ).

‘Keep safe and keep praying’


 

TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE TO PUT IN YOUR WINDOW IF YOU NEED HELP

TRAFFIC LIGHTS INFORMATION PDF DOWNLOAD 

TRAFFIC LIGHTS HOW TO USE PDF DOWNLOAD

THE FOODBANK WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL FOR HELP OR DONATIONS. See Weekly News for details

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY:- 

“As we continue responding to Coronavirus, a lot of us are wondering how we can walk in faith, resist fear, and support those who are most vulnerable.

The first thing to say is that following the advice of experts – especially about washing our hands regularly and self-isolating if we have cold or flu symptoms – is a really important place to start.

But what else can we do? Well, the thing about having hope, faith and courage is that although they are gifts from God, we can do our bit to nurture them. We can take some time to sit quietly and pray, letting God know about those things that are on our hearts and minds. When we do that, we make that connection with God that nourishes and sustains us. We can pray for those who are physically vulnerable. Those who are financially insecure and worried about needing to take time off work. Those who live in countries without public healthcare systems. Those who do not have family or friends and are facing this situation alone. We can pray for healthcare workers and political leaders who are responding to this crisis and bearing the incredible responsibility of trying to keep us safe.

That brings us to resisting fear. One way to avoid being overwhelmed by fear is turning our attention to helping someone. Is there a person in your life, or your community, that you could call on the phone and see if they’re okay? Maybe it was someone that you prayed for? Perhaps they can’t get to the shops – could you pick up some groceries for them? Perhaps they are self-isolating and feeling lonely – could you call them on the phone and see how they are? If you have some spare income, or some spare food, could you donate to your local food bank? Let’s remember that we are in this together. Let’s look after ourselves and our communities, gain courage from each other, and walk together in hope and faith. As it says in Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

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.

To find out more about the Church of England's response to coronavirus, along with prayers and other resources, visit: www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus

Watch this space for further news. We will keep you posted. Keep safe, keep well, keep in touch.