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WE ARE STILL CHURCH

This was the first message we put out at the first lockdown last March. As much as the need for physical distancing and the new lockdown measures prevent us from continuing many of our usual church activities, we remain a community of faith, who look to God for grace, hope and love, and who seek to share this with the wider world. Whatever difficulties we face, I too am "convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39). 

It is with this in mind that our two Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have agreed that, in light of this latest period of lockdown and the current dangers the pandemic presents to our community, we are suspending in-person worship until further notice. Instead, thanks to the technology we have, we will offer weekly worship live-streamed from St Robert's Church at 10.15am on Sundays on our YouTube channel -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClmEHJPd5Wfl7qT16BO8GXg. We will also continue to live-stream morning prayer Monday to Thursday on that same channel. 

We do recognise that some cannot access this form of worship, or do not find it meets their worship needs. The national church continue to offer a free Daily Hope phone line, available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment. There are many other forms of worship available online (visit https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/church-online), as well as broadcast services on BBC Radio 4. 

We also recognise that in these dark months, this lockdown is going to be particularly hard for some. As clergy we are committing to keeping better in touch with you all and would be very happy to hear from you via email or phone if you would like some spiritual support or a listening ear, for you or for someone you know. We ask that you all play your part too in continuing to care for each other and for all our neighbours in whatever way you can, and especially in prayer. This is what keeps us all going... sharing in the grace, hope and love of God. 

We are praying for you all at this challenging time. May Christ's light shine in your hearts and give you hope for the future.

Blessings

Revd. Abbie - 01423 543478

Revd. John - 01423 391514