WELWYN TEAM MINISTRY – RESPONDING TO CORONAVIRUS

PUBLIC WORSHIP IS NOW SUSPENDED IN ALL CHURCHES

Worship on Sunday 29th March

was broadcast live from St Michael’s House at 9.30 am.  This can be seen on 'catch-up' below:

  • Facebook Live on the St Michael’s Woolmer Green page here 

  • YouTube Live and on video after the service by clicking here 

The readings can be found here

 

Evening Prayer  (Compline)

This will be broadcast live at 9 pm each weekday evening via Facebook Live as follows:

Monday:             Datchworth 

Tuesday:            Welwyn 

Wednesday:      Datchworth

Thursday:          Welwyn

Friday:               Woolmer Green 

Each week one of the Team Clergy will offer daily reflections

 Week commencing 29th March from Rev'd Justin Lewis-Anthony here

Week commencing 22nd March from Rev'd Dominic Holroyd-Thomas here

24th March update from The Rector:

Dear All, In light of further corona virus restrictions, all places of worship are being shut, so our churches will be shut as from today. Our Archbishops have asked us all to heed the advice to stay at home and more than ever to ‘continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable.’ The full text of their statement can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-and-bishops-stay-home-continue-pray-love-care-vulnerable. There is much that we are already doing as local churches, and much of that can continue. In fact in many cases there is good cause to redouble our efforts in prayer, service and love. Please be assured of the prayers of the Welwyn Team Ministry at this time, and do get in touch with the clergy if there is anything we can do to help, within the restrictions. Please do remember to remain in contact with loved ones and the vulnerable at this time. We are waiting for the national church to clarify one or two issues at this point, so we will communicate further, but at present we ask you all to heed the government advice and pray for one another. This comes with comes prayers and blessings from the Welwyn Team Ministry.

David Munchin

 

In these challenging times we would like to reassure you of the support and prayers of your local Welwyn Team churches in Welwyn, Woolmer Green, Codicote, Datchworth, Tewin and Ayot St Peter. One silver lining of the present cloud is the enormously generous way that the community has pulled together and provided support for one another. Below are some details of how we are trying to do our bit to help.

We will still be worshipping and praying for you as a clergy team at the following times - why not join us from home then?  We have prayers to use and hard copies are available in church or you can find them by clicking here

Monday:  5 pm

Tuesday: 8.30 am

Wednesday:  9 am

Thursday: 5 pm

Friday: 9.30 am

Saturday: 9 am

Other resources where you can pray with us can be found at the following links:

Church of England Daily Prayer

Church House Publishing Daily Prayer

Radio 4 broadcasts a daily service, normally at 9.45am. Radio 3 broadcasts choral evensong normally every Wednesday at 3.30pm and Sunday 3pm. BBC1 broadcasts Songs of Praise normally at 1.15pm on Sunday although this may change as the BBC updates its scheduling.

 

Funerals will now only take place at the crematorium or graveside. The number of mourners is limited to close family only.  A sheet containing prayers for those not able to attend a funeral is also provided here

 

Weddings are now postponed until a later date.

 

Details about Holy Week streamed or video services will be provided nearer the time:

 

Do you need help or can you offer help? We have two dedicated email addresses and will try to match those needing help with those (many) people offering. Please give full contact details and be as clear as possible as to what you need or can offer

If you need help email: coronavirusneedhelp@welwyn.org.uk

If you can offer help email: coronavirusofferhelp@welwyn.org.uk

Please note that by emailing us you consent to us retaining your contact details until the outbreak is over. This is an introduction service – what is shared between people offering and receiving help is thereafter the responsibility of those individuals.

If you need help but are not on email please phone 01438 714150.

People who are far away from family may wish to log next of kin details with clergy.  Contact details for all the Welwyn Team clergy are shown at the bottom of this page . By doing so you consent to us holding that data for the duration of the outbreak.

Please phone friends and neighbours – and do not flag before the restrictions are over. People may be isolated and lonely. Viruses cannot travel down phone wires.

 

  • Foodbanks require your help more than ever – St Michael's Church in Woolmer Green is a drop-off point open from 12 noon until 4 pm.

  • Support local businesses – they need your help. If they have had to close, please use them regularly again when they open.

  • Last and not least. The churches rely entirely on funds donated by parishioners. We will lose giving in services during this period. Please find ways to support us financially at this time.  You can give via the Donate button at the top of this page.

 

Please remember these arrangements may need to change as the situation changes – we are following the latest national and church advice. We will try and update this page as appropriate.

 

Contact details for your clergy:

A prayer:

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

For the latest government response click here 

For the latest health advice from the NHS click here

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