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Corona Virus

Update from Gemma – 5th November

Message in light of lockdown 2

As we enter a second lockdown phase here in the Parish of Cove we want to ensure we are still able to worship together and be family with one another as again we face the challenges which this global pandemic brings us. Our buildings are open for private prayer each Sunday (details below) which is open to both those who are a regular part of us and those who have never been before – we are aware that times like these entering into a church and finding a place to pray can be a comfort and help us to wrestle with some of the deeper questions this time brings. We also have services online where we have a variety to connect with the youngest among us (Cove Kids) to those who are used to our morning services (10am) through to something more informal on a Sunday evening (7pm). All these services are again not only for our church family but also anyone is welcome to join us watching online or for our zoom meetings after the services at 11am and 7:40pm.

We are able to have funerals in our church buildings during this time (following government guidelines) if you would like information about this please do ask your funeral director to email the church office on info@parishofcove.org.uk We regret to inform you that we are not able to hold weddings or christenings/baptisms at this current time.

We are aware that lockdown can be challenging and we want to be a family who love and support each other through these days. Therefore during November we are hosting a number of ‘zoom coffees’ to get together with one another (more details on our church calendar), we are also continuing to meet in homegroups and prayer triplets. If you would like to join a homegroup or prayer triplet in this time then please do get in touch.

We also want to continue loving and serving our community. Open Door and Voice are continuing online and the foodbank will continue to open from Christ Church each Wednesday. We are also preparing Christmas Hampers for those who we will not be able to serve Christmas lunch to in the hall this year. If you would like to find out more about any of these then please do contact the office.

We know lockdown can be difficult and isolating, but also with the challenges that this time bring it can raise questions about God, life and the universe. We would love to help in any of these areas, whether it is helping to find a place to connect or to have a chat with someone on the meaning of life… then get in touch and we will get back to you.

Please be assured of our prayers in the days ahead. If you have any specific prayer requests then please click HERE and we will pray for these specifically.

Stay safe and God bless

Gemma

“God sets the lonely in families” Psalm 68:6

Rev Gemma Foster, Rector
5th November 2020
gemma@parishofcove.org.uk

Update from Gemma – 1st November

Following the announcement from the Government last night we have heard from the diocese and they are expecting to issue guidance on Tuesday (assuming they receive it in time).

We will keep you posted through email, on Facebook and here on our website.

Update from Gemma – 14th June

This week some churches across the country are opening for private prayer. We are not going to be doing this at Christ Church or St John’s, however we would encourage people in prayer at this time. There are several pages on this website to help you with prayer. 

Corona Virus Prayer Library

Prayer Requests

Update from Gemma and the Archbishop – 17th March

I am getting in contact with you following Boris’ speech on Monday and the letter from the Archbishop’s today (Tuesday 17th March) – if you have not seen the Church of England update it is here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

Public worship has now been put on hold – therefore there will be no Sunday services  or mid-week meetings until further notice. We have in place plans to enable and encourage worship at home during this time. Steve and I have recorded a Morning Prayer which I will send out on another email along with the Church of England’s resources for worship at home. We will also be sending out reflections on Bible passages. I hope that some or all of these things are useful to enable us to worship God until we can meet together again.

Update from Steve and Gemma on 14th March

Sunday Services

We are meeting tomorrow and services will be happening at usual times in both churches. Going forward we will let you know if things change in subsequent weeks – we are watching developments closely.

To ensure that we are looking out for one another and to keep those who are most vulnerable amongst us safe please note the following:

  • Hands are to be washed when entering the building in each church
  • As much as possible try to sit apart from others during the service (at Christ Church the chairs are set up further apart to enable this)
  • We will not be passing around the offering plate (therefore at St John’s the plate will be in the available to place your offering in).
  • We will be sharing the peace verbally and not shaking hands etc.
  • The communion cup is now suspended by the Bishop, therefore you can only receive communion in ‘one kind’ i.e. bread only.
  • On instruction from the diocese we will not be having refreshments before or after any of the services tomorrow or until further notice.

Update from Gemma on 12th March

You will be aware that things are evolving with Corona Virus. I am expecting after Boris’ speech today I will have an update from the diocese. As it currently stands is that we are no longer permitted to use the common cup but now communion is ONLY in ‘one kind’ (bread only). Similarly not to share the peace, or greet each other with a hand shake or hug or pass around the offering plate. Additionally, if you are bringing a keep cup on Sunday then the refreshments team will not be able to fill this for you due to infection control. Of course things are quite likely to have moved on by Sunday so we will give you an update either by email and Parish of Cove Facebook or in the services.

Update from Gemma and Steve on 7th March regarding the Corona Virus

I am getting in touch with an update on our response to Corona Virus based on information from the Diocese of Guildford. We are aware that we are still in the containment phase so this advice may change.

Out of our love for one another in our family in the Parish of Cove our priority is to protect those who are most vulnerable, therefore I’ve detailed our response below:

Self-Isolation

If you have been advised to self-isolate or you have exhibiting symptoms please do not come to a church service or other ministry you are involved in. If you are on a rota please let the person organising the rota know.

If you have Corona Virus

The diocese have advised if you are diagnosed with Corona Virus please let myself or Steve know via email or phone.

Handwashing

Please follow government handwashing advice (as an aside you can say the Lord’s Prayer in 20 seconds which can be great for both our spiritual and physical health). Please feel free at any point in the services or any of our gatherings to go and wash your hands – whether when you arrive or during a service (no one will offended if you pop out during a service).

Communion

During the peace we will suspend the shaking of hands/hugging/kissing but rather share the peace verbally. We will be using alcoholic wine during communion at all congregations in both churches to protect the vulnerable, however all are free to not receive the wine at all. Canon Law of the Church of England states that if you have taken of communion in ‘one kind’ i.e.  bread only, then you have full received communion. Practically this means you can come to the front to receive the bread and then return to your seat.  On the advice of the Bishop, intinction (dipping of the bread/water) has been suspended. If you any health concerns meaning that you would prefer not to receive communion at all during this time that will be respected and you may want to use this time in the service for your prayer and reflection.

Myself and Steve have been discussing how we respond appropriately and will also be discussing Corona Virus at PCC on Monday. We appreciate your support and love for one another at this time. We will update you as is necessary

God bless

Gemma and Steve

Activities Affected

Christ Church will be open for the Foodbank ONLY, on Wednesday’s between 12pm and 2.30pm but please check their Facebook page or website for the latest news.

In September we are restarting Sunday morning services at St Johns at 9:30am and Christ Church at 10:30am. Online services will continue on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

All Mid-week meetings at both Churches are on hold until further notice. 

For details of other services please check the Parish of Cove Facebook Page for the latest details.

Activities Affected

Christ Church will be open for the Foodbank ONLY, on Wednesday’s between 12pm and 2.30pm but please check their Facebook page or website for the latest news.

All Sunday Services and Mid-week meetings at both Churches are on hold until further notice. 

We are setting up services online during the lockdown period. Please check the Parish of Cove Facebook Page for the latest details.

Corona Virus

Update from Gemma and the Archbishop – 17th March

I am getting in contact with you following Boris’ speech on Monday and the letter from the Archbishop’s today (Tuesday 17th March) – if you have not seen the Church of England update it is here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

Public worship has now been put on hold – therefore there will be no Sunday services  or mid-week meetings until further notice. We have in place plans to enable and encourage worship at home during this time. Steve and I have recorded a Morning Prayer which I will send out on another email along with the Church of England’s resources for worship at home. We will also be sending out reflections on Bible passages. I hope that some or all of these things are useful to enable us to worship God until we can meet together again.

 

Update from Steve and Gemma on 14th March

Sunday Services

We are meeting tomorrow and services will be happening at usual times in both churches. Going forward we will let you know if things change in subsequent weeks – we are watching developments closely.

To ensure that we are looking out for one another and to keep those who are most vulnerable amongst us safe please note the following:

  • Hands are to be washed when entering the building in each church
  • As much as possible try to sit apart from others during the service (at Christ Church the chairs are set up further apart to enable this)
  • We will not be passing around the offering plate (therefore at St John’s the plate will be in the available to place your offering in).
  • We will be sharing the peace verbally and not shaking hands etc.
  • The communion cup is now suspended by the Bishop, therefore you can only receive communion in ‘one kind’ i.e. bread only.
  • On instruction from the diocese we will not be having refreshments before or after any of the services tomorrow or until further notice.

Update from Gemma on 12th March

You will be aware that things are evolving with Corona Virus. I am expecting after Boris’ speech today I will have an update from the diocese. As it currently stands is that we are no longer permitted to use the common cup but now communion is ONLY in ‘one kind’ (bread only). Similarly not to share the peace, or greet each other with a hand shake or hug or pass around the offering plate. Additionally, if you are bringing a keep cup on Sunday then the refreshments team will not be able to fill this for you due to infection control. Of course things are quite likely to have moved on by Sunday so we will give you an update either by email and Parish of Cove Facebook or in the services.

Update from Gemma and Steve on 7th March regarding the Corona Virus

I am getting in touch with an update on our response to Corona Virus based on information from the Diocese of Guildford. We are aware that we are still in the containment phase so this advice may change.

Out of our love for one another in our family in the Parish of Cove our priority is to protect those who are most vulnerable, therefore I’ve detailed our response below:

Self-Isolation

If you have been advised to self-isolate or you have exhibiting symptoms please do not come to a church service or other ministry you are involved in. If you are on a rota please let the person organising the rota know.

If you have Corona Virus

The diocese have advised if you are diagnosed with Corona Virus please let myself or Steve know via email or phone.

Handwashing

Please follow government handwashing advice (as an aside you can say the Lord’s Prayer in 20 seconds which can be great for both our spiritual and physical health). Please feel free at any point in the services or any of our gatherings to go and wash your hands – whether when you arrive or during a service (no one will offended if you pop out during a service).

Communion

During the peace we will suspend the shaking of hands/hugging/kissing but rather share the peace verbally. We will be using alcoholic wine during communion at all congregations in both churches to protect the vulnerable, however all are free to not receive the wine at all. Canon Law of the Church of England states that if you have taken of communion in ‘one kind’ i.e.  bread only, then you have full received communion. Practically this means you can come to the front to receive the bread and then return to your seat.  On the advice of the Bishop, intinction (dipping of the bread/water) has been suspended. If you any health concerns meaning that you would prefer not to receive communion at all during this time that will be respected and you may want to use this time in the service for your prayer and reflection.

Myself and Steve have been discussing how we respond appropriately and will also be discussing Corona Virus at PCC on Monday. We appreciate your support and love for one another at this time. We will update you as is necessary

God bless

Gemma and Steve