Corona Virus

Following a meeting on 11th January the PCC has concluded, with a heavy heart, that we should suspend all live services until further notice.  Whilst there is no direct requirement to do so at present from the Government or Church of England, the PCC feels an obligation to do all we can to reduce the burden on the NHS as well as a desire to protect our church family from this new strain of Coronavirus.  We hope that taking this proactive step will contribute, in some small way, to containing the spread.

We will continue to provide weekly digital services as well as monthly services from the villages which you can find by clicking this link or by following the link on the Home Page.  Funerals will of course continue in line with Government guidelines.

If you would like us to pray for you do let us know on either

01237 475765 (Rev’d Claire) or

01237 239339 (Rev’d Marisa)

There are useful resources for prayer and reflection in these exceptional times on the Church of England website and on the Exeter Diocese website.

If you need a chat, prayer or help with shopping, prescriptions etc please e-mail admin@stmaryschurchbideford.org or clairerc@btopenworld.com.

Or call Revd Claire 01237 475765 or our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Lorna Dorrinton, 01237 477117 and for the Villages Revd Marisa 01237 239339

If you are self-isolating or unwell, the following may be helpful…

Simple Acts of Worship For Those Unable to Attend Church

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_devon

 

And finally, a prayer about the Corona Virus outbreak

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.

 

PRAYER

Central to life at St Mary’s is our prayer life. Expressed in many different ways with something suitable for everyone.

 

ALPHA

If you’re keen to find out more about the Christian faith there is no better place to start than the Alpha Course. Free and no pressure. And it involves delicious food!

Prayer for the day

“[Ask, Seek, Knock] “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8