St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
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Charity Number 1131573
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‘Staying in Touch’ – Church Communication in a time of Crisis
Please find links to the communications we have posted, The rules and regulations are changing on a daily basis. Please check that you have the latest information.
‘Staying in Touch’ – ‘Covid 19 update 29.03.20’
The latest letter from our Archbishops advises:
‘Following the Prime Minister’s announcement it is imperative that for the health of the nation and in order for the National Health Service itself to manage the increase in those requiring medical help, the Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines on staying at home and only making journeys that are absolutely necessary, such as shopping for essential items and to take daily exercise.
Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own. We must take a lead in showing our communities how we must behave in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.
It is also imperative that as the Church of Jesus Christ, called to offer hope and light in the darkness of this world’s ills, we maintain a praying presence for our community, though from today onwards this must happen from our hearts and from our homes.
Our Church buildings are closed but the Church must continue to support and encourage our communities making use of telephones and other forms of technology to keep in touch with people and ensure pastoral care is maintained, and as shepherds of Christ’s flock we are committed to making this happen. In summary, these are the guidelines’.
This means that from today the doors of St Martin’s must remain firmly shut. But as Bishop James reminds us – though the building may be closed the church remains alive and active.
Worship – I will continue to pray daily on your behalf, though this may be from the newly appointed ‘St Martin’s Chapel’ (formerly known as the rectory dining room). The times given below are for our ‘Community Worship’ when I shall pray and praise on your behalf .
Sunday 10.00am Holy Communion
Monday 9.30am Morning Prayer
Tuesday 11.30am Holy Communion
Wednesday 9.30am Morning Prayer
Thursday 7.00pm Evening Prayer
Friday 11.30am Holy Communion
Saturday 9.30am Morning Prayer
We are no longer able to film worship from the church but are exploring ways to develop worship that can be accessed via our website.
Weekly newsletter – will still be produced but available only via this Web site. This will contain the Collect and Readings for Sunday I together with a short message from the clergy and other prayers and notices.
Prayer – is the life blood of worship in times like this. Ministers are professional
pray-ers. So if you have specific prayer requests or wish to have a candle lit in for a suffering loved one, please provide me with brief details and I will act on your behalf.
Private Prayer – can now only be done at home. Please make use of the many resources available.
Magazine – we are no longer permitted to produce printed material but will endeavour to provide it as an email attachment to those who would like it, The April 2020 issue is now available, if you wish to receive a copy please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to share stories and messages - this is Your Magazine.
Our Lord’s Summary of the Law reminds us of the way forward:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except as authorised by the Government.
I remind you that you may call me at any time for prayer or a chat, and please let me know if you have any bright ideas about how we might develop our ministry in these difficult times.
Please do refer regularly to the church website www.stmartinchelsfield.org.uk for updates. If you have any pastoral needs, or are anxious and need prayer please contact Rev John at the Rectory on 01689 825749
Keep safe, keep secure and keep in touch.
Rev John Tranter