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Sunday 13th September 2020

St. Oswald’s is open Monday and Thursday 12 - 2pm for private prayer and
on Sunday from 10 am for a 10:30 am Eucharist.
The ‘Vicarage drive’ Foodbank box has been reinstated due to popular
demand. Donations can be made throughout the week. The ‘church’ box
remains in the church porch and can be accessed without going into the
main building. On behalf of the Foodbank, thank you for your continuing
support.
Electoral Roll. In preparation for the annual meetings, the electoral roll is being amended. If you are not yet on the Electoral roll, there are forms (in envelopes) at the back of the church for you to complete. Please return
them in the sealed envelope and leave in the box provided.
For our prayers
 We ask for wisdom for governments throughout the world in dealing with outbreaks of coronavirus and the well-being of all people.
 The bereaved families of Barbara Mary Davies (Sept 15 th ) and Vera Harding (Sept 18 th )
 Those who remain furloughed and those worried about their jobs and livelihoods
 The sick and the suffering, especially those known to us and those who bring them healing and succour.
 Those who have struggled and continue to struggle with social isolation through Coronavirus
 The staff and young people of our schools as they begin a new term under difficult circumstances.

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

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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.

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.