What's happening while the Coronavirus restrictions are in place?
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 and community, we want to remain positive and faith-filled and we are praying for everyone who is affected locally and around the world.
- Services have moved online - find out how to join in below
- Spiritual support - a fact sheet is here. Download and print it here.
- Pastoral support is now indirect, by phone and social media. Contact us.
- Practical support like shopping for the self-isolating is available while observing the government guidelines - see 'Serving the community' below.
- Prayer is continuing for each other, the wider community and the world
While the Church buildings of St Margaret's and St Peter's are closed even for private prayer 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 via online video.
How can I watch?
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, plus the video of Sunday's service.
Next 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?
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 to the village of Wolston:
St. 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.
Ways to worship and learn when you can’t be at church
Here are some suggestions:
- 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 Radio
- Church of England web site: here are lots of suggestions, including, the Lent course, daily prayer, and other live streaming services.
- For more prayer resources go here.
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 Serving Christ team in the diocese has produced an excellent sheet of helpful resources for children, young people and families.
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."
You can also read the whole letter.
For the latest news from the Church of England go here.
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.
Scams 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.