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 admin@stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk

 

 PALM SUNDAY  5th April 2020

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the Sunday service will be brought to you by the Rev'd Adrian Bailey, one of our priests at St.Oswald's. We can provide a transcript so if you know someone who appreciate a copy, please let me know.

 

 

Other services can now be found on the SERVICES page.

(A liturgy of Prayers for Healing, Prayers at the Foot of the Cross, Maundy Thursday service, Compline and BCP Morning Prayer )

These and all services can also be found on Facebook. 

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

Also on Facebook:- 'Virtual St Oswald's', a private group for church people to keep in touch with each other. Contact Fiona Pearson or Anne Pilsbury on Facebook Messenger.


Candle of Hope 

CTOD is encouraging Christians to pray together at 7pm each Sunday night. 

Rather than lighting a real candle with its attendant risks, download this pdf poster by clicking the link. Candle of Hope print and put it in your window.  Add your own message if you wish.

 


St. Oswald’s Weekly Bulletin Saturday 4th April
From the Vicar

Things seem to be settling down a bit as processes are being refined now we have had a full week
of shut down and isolation. Penylan Lane remains a popular exercise route and it’s nice to see
people still out and about.
Church building
St. Oswald’s is now closed all day every day and the heating has been turned off. Matt is keeping an
eye on the building and one or two people are still using the office for essential business. I have
taken some images for worship resources and will take a few more when the light is brighter so
have left bits and pieces around the church.
Administration
With the exception of two that I am aware of, all the magazines have gone out. We will endeavour
to produce something electronically for May which can be posted online and hopefully ‘posted out’
to those who would like it. The issue of how we support and resource those who are off-line
continues, not least in how we identify them in the first place. I am providing written transcripts of
Sunday services to 7 off-line households and there must be many more that haven’t been
identified. So, if you are talking to people who you know are off-line please do ask if they would like
some written service sheets/prayer resources and let Frances know.
Worship
Virtual worship continues to be well received and Palm Sunday is being provided by Adrian. The
intention remains to provide something for every Sunday until we can resume church services. A
number of churches are providing a live streamed service of Communion and I am keen to do
something similar whilst providing something for the off-line community.
Holy Week
We be offering…
Monday - Wednesday a live streamed Night Prayer on Facebook at 7pm so please do join in… I will
post the liturgy over the weekend on the church website
Maundy Thursday morning is being sorted by John
Good Friday morning will be a reflection written by Keith and I will be producing a set of ‘stations’
using photos of the stations in church. Both will include a hymn/hymns sung by Sam
Easter Day will be a Eucharist live on Facebook, hopefully including music from Sam and the choir.
Please let people know what we are doing so they can join in f they want to.

Prayer & resources
The mid-week provision has settled on the following…
Monday - Prayers for healing (re-posted)
Tuesday - CW Morning Prayer
Wednesday - A thought for the day
Thursday – BCP matins (for the time being)
Friday - Prayers at the foot of the cross (re-posted)
Monday and Friday are the same as previous weeks which means they can be subtitled and I have
some extra time on Monday and Friday mornings...
‘Praying together apart’ on Wednesday is growing with, at the last count, 17 members. Please
spread the word by email and by phone… more info from Lindsay: lflclarke@hotmail.co.uk
Off-line support
Despite receiving some very encouraging comments about the Facebook material, it has quite
rightly been pointed out that there are accessibility issues for some people, not least those who are
off-line. As a result, I am working with Gerry to convert the following mp4 video files (with
subtitles) into mp3 audio only files …

 

Prayers for healing
Prayers at the foot of the cross
A generic CW Morning Prayer
A generic CW Evening Prayer
A generic BCP matins
A generic BCP Evening Prayer
Night Prayer

 

All 14 (7 mp4 and 7 mp3 files) we be on the website for download, and also available on CD/DVD as
appropriate. All will have a written transcript.
The idea is that we will have a library of worship resources in a format which can be accessed as
widely as possible. Although some have already been completed, this will obviously take time
(especially the sub-titles!) but I hope to have the set ready for CD/DVD as soon as possible after
Easter
Bible study
We are going to set up a Zoom bible study group and have emailed a pilot group to see how easy it
is to get going. When we have it set up and running it can be opened out to other ‘Bible Zoomers’.
Pastoral care
The Telephone contact system is working, and June is continuing to increase its coverage. If you are
a branch, please do continue to contact your people and encourage them to think of others who
might like to be included in the weekly phone calls. Please let June know of anyone who might like
to be added to the network. Please ask them about off-line support and let Frances know if they
want something posted/delivered.
Volunteers

I am aware that people are doing shopping for their neighbours and I have had people contact me
direct for help. We do have volunteers and the council/national system will eventually take over
but if you know of anyone who needs shopping etc, please let Frances know and she will attempt
find someone. As before, if you know of anyone who would be happy to volunteer then please let
Frances know.
Communication
Anne is updating the church website as required and the Facebook page remains busy. If you have
any appropriate material/resources for either we’d be delighted to have them.
Please let me and others know of people who are in need of prayer or a phone call.
‘Keep safe and keep praying’

Harvey


Facebook is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family.

There's a good article on 'Christianity Today' called 'An Easter without going to church'

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

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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.

Since we can't go to church, we need to keep up our daily Bible reading. Recommended is the Scripture Union online  WordLive There are many others, of course.

MUST WATCH:- A series of daily meditations in time of Pandemic The Hallway Through the Sea in Christianity Today. Simply bookmark or add to favourites and you don't need to download for a fresh one each day.

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.