Our Church & Coronavirus

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All face-to-face church services and activities have been suspended until further notice.
THE CHURCH BUILDING IS CLOSED BUT, Church is not a building, it is a community of people and we are still here to help each other, and God is with us in the midst of all this!

This page is divided into three sections:

  • FAITH – ways to connect with God
  • HOPE – ways to connect with each other and encourage one another
  • LOVE – ways to support those around you who are isolated.

Read down to the end so you don’t miss anything!

FAITH

Prayer at Home

Visit our resources page, updated daily, to find a range of ideas you can use to help you and your family spend time with God each day Try to establish a routine of a daily time with God, whether individually or as a household.

Week Beginning Sunday 29th March

Why not try something new this week?

If you prefer listening instead of reading,
try pray-as-you-go.org, or via the Pray as you go app for 15 minute daily devotions.
Or you can try their series specially for those staying at home, Pray as you Stay week 1 or week 2

If you want activities for the whole family,
try the #engageathome ideas at https://engageworship.org/engage-at-home-daily-family-prayer-and-worship-activities

If you want to watch
dramatised videos of the gospel stories, like we used in the service on Sunday, using the text of the New International Version of the Bible, you can find them on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjiDMt6Lm1jYQvSp4BROWVw/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=5

See the resources page for more daily devotion ideas.

St Thomas’ Church Together

At particular times during the week, we will meet for prayer via Zoom. Watch this space for times and dates.

Wednesday 1st April at 4pm-4.30pm
Meet for a catch-up and informal prayer together

  • If you have internet access, join in free of charge
    follow the link below on your preferred device
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/964739137
    If you haven’t set up Zoom before, you will need to follow the instructions/prompts to install Zoom and get your device set up. You can try the link in advance to get set up. If you have any problems, contact Mark via Whatsapp or 024 7633 2717 and he will try to help you get connected.
  • OR you can join in by phone (standard call charges apply)
    Call 0208 080 6592 or 0330 088 5830
    and enter Meeting ID: 964 739 137 #

In case you missed it…

A 30-minute service from Mark and musicians from St Thomas’ Church for Sunday 29th March.

A service by the Archbishop of York for 29th March

A Message from the Vicar for Mothering Sunday (22nd March)

Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury leading a service from Lambeth Palace (22nd March)
OR LISTEN at www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gm8f

HOPE

… Stay Connected

  • Join our St Thomas’ group on Whatsapp. Share this link with others to invite them.
    https://chat.whatsapp.com/B5PQgwLTf9sJT5naLOvKti
    Here you can keep in touch with one another, ask for prayer, support each other, encourage each other, share things that are helpful, ask for help, etc.
  • Follow our facebook pages: facebook.com/KeresleyChurch and facebook.com/PitStopKeresley
  • Just pick up the phone and enjoy a chat with your friends.
  • For Keresley Village, join the CoffeeStop group on facebook messenger. Just ask to be added if you’re on messenger (or facebook).

… Stay Supported

IF YOU NEED ANY HELP OR SUPPORT OR SOMEONE TO TALK TO, PHONE THE CHURCH NUMBER ON 024 7633 2717

We will put you in touch with a real person who will chat on the phone, pray with you, help you with shopping if you’re self-isolating, or try to help in whatever way we can.

If you can offer to help chat on the phone or pray with people, let the church office know. If you are happy to help practically then let us know and we will try to connect volunteers with people who need help.

 

LOVE

… Love Your Neighbour

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You can download the leaflet here or copies are available from church on request (we can deliver them to you).
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… Love One Another

Be kind. Be Gracious. The situation, and people, are going to get fraught. Be salt and light. Keep yourself close to God. Keep watch over yourself. (There’s some hints about supporting your own mental health at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak). Support others, but also receive support yourself.

Be an example and a good influence, whether at home, in the shops or online.

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