Coronavirus page

CLICK HERE FOR THE PEW SHEET THIS WEEK, 6th December.2020

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

The Advent Carol Service ‘From Darkness to Light’ has been recorded and
will be available online through the church Facebook page from 6.30 p.m. on
Sunday evening.
St. Oswald’s is open Monday & Thursday 12 - 2 p.m. for private prayer.
December’s magazine is available in Church or on this link.
Supporting the Foodbank – You can make donations in the ‘Vicarage drive’
throughout the week. The ‘church’ box can be accessed without going into
the main building. On behalf of the Foodbank, thank you!
Study groups
We are beginning to restart bible study and Bishops’ certificate study
groups. Initially they will be on zoom but hopefully face-face in the New
Year. If you would like to join a group or would like further information,
please email or phone me… revdharvey@gmail.com or 653467.
 
FOR YOUR PRAYERS:
 We ask for wisdom for governments throughout the world in dealing with
outbreaks of coronavirus and the well-being of all people
 The families of Annie Owen (30 th November 2.30 p.m. in Cemetery) and
Wallace Bromley (2 nd December 11 a.m. at Pentrebychan)
 The sick and the suffering, especially those known to us and those who
bring them healing and comfort
 Those who have struggled and continue to struggle with social isolation
through Coronavirus, those on furlough or worried about their jobs and
livelihoods
 The staff and young people of our schools
 Those who are worried about family and loved ones in the run up to
Christmas

A reminder that Sunday worship is also provided online through the church Facebook page and here on the website services page.


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'.


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 ARCHDEACON OF STOKE:

A glorious noise and all that’s jazz...
Bishop-designate Matthew’s improvises in his Pastoral Letter for October 2020:-
I have recently been at ordination services for both deacons and priests. Usually, such services are packed to the rafters with family, friends, people from the parishes and all manner of well-wishers. This year was different. The services were shrunk to less than thirty people. We all kept our distance and were masked throughout. The services were still rich and meaningful, but there is no getting away from it – this is not what the candidates and their supporters had expected or wanted. No doubt episcopal ordinations will follow in much the same vein, as I look forward to my consecration as Bishop of Stafford in January!
Disappointment and uncertainty mark our times and that’s hard to live with. We make plans for a week or a month’s time and then the number of cases rises, new government regulations are brought in and the threat of a new lockdown hovers threateningly over all our tentative arrangements. We think of all the weddings postponed, students isolated in their halls of residence, theatres closed, holidays cancelled, jobs lost, and we wonder if it is worth making any plans at all.
We have found ourselves astonished by the rapidity of our descent into uncertainty. We are so used to thinking we are in control and have mastery of the world around us that we feel particularly helpless in the face of a virus that is oblivious to our carefully laid plans.
So how do those new deacons and priests minister in such a world? How do all God’s people bear witness to the hope of the gospel in such an uncertain time? What kind of church must we be when everything is so unpredictable?
Ancient institutions, like churches, can find it hard to sit light to ‘the way we have always done things’. This solidity can be a good thing - we are not prone to being simply be blown about by the latest fad or fashion or knocked off course by each new crisis. But it can lead to inflexibility. We may claim that ‘here we have no abiding city’ whilst in fact we are rather comfortable and settled with how things are. But in a time when so much feels provisional, we will need to learn how to improvise. There are recent indications that the church can do this when it puts its mind to it. When our buildings were closed, we had to improvise and we found new ways to reach out to one another and our communities – by phone, online or by email.
Improvisation is not the same as starting from scratch. As a second-rate guitarist, I know how hard it is to improvise. First-rate jazz musicians need tremendous dedication and practice to improvise well. They need to be attuned to the great jazz tradition, sense the mood and direction of the music and be responsive to their fellow musicians. If we are to make beautiful music during a time of uncertainty and turbulence, we will need to drink deeply from the great  tradition of Christian teaching, learning and wisdom and then, confident in that faith, respond nimbly and confidently to a world in flux.
We serve a God who is unchanging and whose love and goodness is unending, but we inhabit a world that is being buffeted by severe storms and we are not immune from those stormy blasts. Our response is not to hunker down in the hope that how we did it fifty years ago will serve us well now. Instead, secure in the promise that underneath are the everlasting arms, we strain to hear the new song that the creative Spirit of God is singing. Then we pick up our
instruments or open our lips and sing and play along. We may not be always in tune and sometimes we will miss the beat but, if we are open to the music of the Spirit, it will be a glorious noise.

Ven Matthew Parker
Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent

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.