Current plans for Cumnor Parish during Coronavirus 20 March 2020
As you know, we have been instructed by the Church of England and Oxford Diocese that public worship must be put on hold. This means that we will not be able to meet together physically for our Sunday services and activities but please be assured the church is still here for you. You are all very much in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Our current plans are as follows:
Bishop Steven will preside at the Eucharist this Sunday and offer a brief reflection to the whole Diocese from Christ Church at 10 am. Visit the Oxford Diocese website to join in online.
Starting on Sunday 29th we plan to make a simple service available on our website (https://cumnor.org/) and Facebook page (St Michael’s, Cumnor). This will be online each Sunday morning at 10:30am. It will include a sermon preached by one of the Ministry Team and on the 29th I am pleased to tell you that it will be preached by Eve Lockett.
St Michael's church is open as a quiet space for personal prayer from 9am - 4pm. Hand-washing facilities are available as are some sheets with prayers for the outbreak.
Support for our community
We are working quickly to put in place a system of pastoral care by telephone. Everyone on the electoral roll should be contacted by phone either by their home group leader or one of our pastoral team over the next week for a chat, a time of prayer and to see if there are any practical needs. If you know anyone who isn’t on the Electoral Roll then please let Sarah know in the Parish Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can include them too.
In the meantime, as usual, I am available by telephone (01865 863702) and email (email@example.com) should you wish to talk.
If you or anyone you know has a practical need, such as picking up shopping, or posting letters, or collecting prescriptions etc., then please contact the Parish Office (01865 861541, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Resources for use at home
We will be posting links to useful resources online for you to use at home including some for children and families. We will also send some of these to you by post.
Please check our website (https://cumnor.org/) and Facebook page (St Michael’s, Cumnor) for further updates and you can read more information about the wider church's response on the Church of England website.
The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading is encouraging us to be:
Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying.
Caring: those who self-isolate, (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know that we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care.
Considerate: let’s look out for one another, and act collectively to prevent the spread. It isn’t just about me, it’s about us
And of course, Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave.
National Day of Prayer and Action - Sunday 22nd March
Churches Together is England are encouraging us all to light a candle at 7pm
and place it in our window as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ,
our source of hope in prayer.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every blessing, Jonathan Widdess Vicar of Cumnor 01865 863702 www.cumnor.org