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COVID PRECAUTIONS - CHURCH WORSHIP AND PRAYER

Updated 14 January 2021


Regrettably, the time has come to suspend all routine physical services inside the church buildings of Coddenham, Creeting St Mary, Creeting St Peter, Crowfield, Earl Stonham with Stonham Parva, Gosbeck, Hemingstone, Stonham Aspal with Mickfield. We have taken this decision reluctantly but in the light of the current rates of infection, and the advice we are hearing from the Chief Medical Officer, now is the time to step back.

Although the buildings are closed, we continue to meet online for worship and prayer. We continue also to pray for the needs of the moment, please contact me or any of my colleagues for further information. 

Regular Zoom services take place on Wednesdays at 9 am, Fridays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 9:30 am. To join our on-line services please contact Ruth Dennigan reader.ruthdennigan@gmail.com

The Parish Room is still closed.

Please feel free to contact any member of the ministry team - contact details may be found HERE or in The Recorder and Ten Village News.

Earl Stonham church remains open for private prayer on Sundays from 12-4pm and the churchyard remains accessible, though of course subject to government rules prohibiting household mixing. You are very welcome to enjoy this special place to sit quietly, collect your thoughts, pray, or give thanks or seek comfort in these still challenging times.

You should not come to the church if you or anyone in your household has Covid symptoms. Masks must be worn inside the church and you should use the hand sanitiser provided inside and out. If there is anyone from another household inside the church when you come for private prayer, please wait for them to leave. You must observe a 2m distance at all times and not mix with any other visitors inside or out. 

Even with limited travel you may have noticed that the church is still lit at night. Usually we just light it over Christmas but this year we thought it might be helpful to keep it lit, as a sign of the brighter days that are to come.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to being able to open our doors and welcome all again soon.

Rev Philip

A Prayer for Our Time

Our Father, who art in heaven, you do not impose yourself on us, but you promise that when we call to you in faith, you will answer. We come to you now realising we need your help and protection more than ever at this time.

We ask for your forgiveness for the times we have forgotten you and not loved you with our whole heart, as you ask us to do. You also ask that we love our neighbours as ourselves. Forgive us for when we have wronged others and put our own interests first. Please help us to become the people you wish us to be.

We pray now that, as we put our trust in you, you will give us the wisdom, strength, resources and protection we need to overcome the physical, emotional and financial impact of the virus. Help us protect and care for the most vulnerable in our families and community.

We pray for your wisdom, strength, resources and protection for those in authority making decisions and those working in the emergency and care services as they seek to protect and care for us.

In the name of Jesus, your Son, our Saviour, we pray.

Amen.