In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. This applies to St Margaret's and St Peter's so there are no services at church until further notice, but see the notice below about an online service.
In the light of the Prime Minister's announcement on the 23/03 the church building is now closed, even for private prayer, but of course the church is, of course, a group of people and they will continue to worship, pray, and serve the community.
This coming Sunday you will be able to join an online act of worship led by our vicar Kevin Flanagan via online video, from the vicarage.
(PLEASE NOTE THE TIME: 10 am)
How can I watch?
Today - Update
Due to the slowness of the system we are having to change the time of the shared service to 11.00 am. Really sorry, but we are in new territory! You may need to reload/refresh this page.
Go to 'St. Margaret's Church & St. Peter's Church' channel on YouTube by clicking on this link
There is a very short video on there at the moment for you can click on, to check it works for you and to amuse you a little until Sunday.
On Sunday at 10.00 am click on the link again, to join us to worship and pray.
You can watch it later if you need to. If you would like to comment afterwards send an email message to the church office. Why not plan to ring or text someone afterwards over a coffee?
Download and print the order of service here.
Serving the community
Church members, like so many in the community are helping those around them survive and thrive in this unprecedented situation. This message is going out from the village of Wolston:
Margaret's Church want and are able to support people in our parish
who are self-isolating, vulnerable or
lonely in need of hearing a friendly voice over the phone. As the Church office is not occupied our contact is via the community helpline 07384 756779, just tell them you want someone from the church to contact you.
For the latest news from the Church of England go here.
The Serving Christ team in the diocese has produced an excellent sheet of helpful resources for children, young people and families.
Ways to worship, learn and grow, when you can’t be at church
The spread of Coronavirus globally is a serious situation, many of us will be concerned for loved ones. Some will be feeling anxious and uncertain what the future holds.
As Christians, we believe in a God who is
faithful in every situation we face. We know that He comforts the
anxious, the broken-hearted. He is with us when we experience fear. As a church,
we want to remain positive and faith-filled and we are praying for everyone who
is affected locally and around the world.
A video message from Bishop Christopher.
What can I do?
Here are some suggestions:
- A detailed list of resources.
- Trinity Church in Cheltenham have a YouTube channel
- BBC Radio 4 have a Sunday morning service at 8.15 and on TV a BBC1 service at 11.45.
- Premier Christian
- The Big Sunday service is at 7am, 8am and 10am.
- Search for Premier on your DAB Radio.
- Search for Channel 725 on your TV and listen in.
- If you have a smartphone there is an app called Premier Christian Radio/Gospel.
Here are some suggestions from the Church of England website:
- LiveLent: Care for God's Creation is the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up for free.
- The BBC's Daily Service and Sunday Worship - radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.
- Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
- Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.
- Live streaming services - users can watch live streams of services from a range of churches and we will be improving AChurchNearYou.com in the days ahead to make this clearer.
Children and young people - Every family is unique and the key is to find what your unique family needs. We are sharing some ideas of how you can seek God in your family. There is no need to do all of them, but see which ones will help your family connect with God and give them a go. Feel free to adapt them, to add to them or for them to spark ideas of different ways your family can grow with God. Look here.
The Archbishops in their letter to us says this:
"Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in
the days ahead.
Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.
We may not be able to pray with people in the ways
that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can
certainly offer practical care and support.
Please do carry on supporting
the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night
shelters wherever possible are kept open. There are many very
encouraging schemes happening right across our country in
communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable, so do continue
to play your part in those."
You can also read the whole letter.
Handwashing - a Wolston resident read that Soap and Water is preferable to bleach and other interesting facts about cleaning techniques - read the whole story here.
Finally, we don’t want to add to people’s anxiety, but there are probably no more scams than normal, and inevitably fraudsters will be switching tactics to take advantage of new opportunities. The City of London police have issued advice here. Worth looking at!
St Margaret's church... under normal circumstances...
Our Church is a warm, friendly, family-based church in the village of Wolston, serving the villages of Wolston, Brandon and Bretford. We welcome people of all ages from babies to over 90 year olds!
We aim to live out Jesus' teaching in the 21st Century through lively worship and Bible-based preaching that is both meaningful and relevant in today's world.
Where is the Church? By the War memorial there is a turning to the Church and St Margaret's School. Go over the brook, past the school, across the cattle grid and keep going! You can find a map here. You can see the Church across the field from the Main Street through the village.
Contact us? You can phone or visit the Church Office weekday mornings from 9.30 -12.30 am. It is located upstairs at the Baptist Church by the Co-op. More contact details are available here.
St. Margaret's is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. Please read our safeguarding page if you want further information about safeguarding, including how to contact our parish safeguarding officer.