Welcome to St Mary's, Kelvedon and All Saints', Feering, our two churches situated in adjacent villages in Essex.
THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY AND YORK HAVE WRITTEN TO SAY THAT ALL CHURCH BUILDINGS BE CLOSED, NOT ONLY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP BUT ALSO FOR PRIVATE PRAYER.
Letter from Archbishops and Diocesan Bishops of the Church of England to all clergy in the Church of England:
This decision has been taken following medical advice to the Church and in response to the Government’s announcement about further measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus on 23rd March 2020. We are very sorry to report and to comply with this, but please find more information here: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/coronavirus-faqs
At present, building work will continue at All Saints’, unless Government guidelines change.
We are very sorry that due to the current restrictions we can’t distribute palm crosses this year. Instead, can we suggest that you make your own? We hope to put either video or audio material on our website for Palm Sunday, which will include a prayer of blessing for the palms. Please check our website later this week or over the weekend.
Do check the Diocese of Chelmsford website, especially its ‘Holy Week at Home’ resources:
We hope and pray that you all have a rich, reflective and peaceful Holy Week.
While we are unable to be in Church to worship together, Revd. Simon Garwood will prepare Readings, Prayers and an Address for each Sunday's Service. All can be found by clicking on:
We have also received a Spiritual Communion Service from Chelmsford Diocese for you to use in your own home. You can find this by clicking on: Services
Following on from the suggestion of the Archbishops for last Sunday, I am quite taken with the idea of lighting a candle at 7.00 pm tonight (and/or any other night if you like) so I’ve compiled a short evening service around it. I hope you find it helpful, but please don’t think you need to follow it slavishly – use it or adapt it in any way you like.
I hope you find this a helpfully structured way of praying and recalling that Christ is the Light of the world. I hope it also enables you to pray for those in need, especially for all who feel they are currently enveloped in the ‘darkness’ of the virus, and for those who love them and for those who are caring for them.
With every blessing at this strange and difficult time,
Please find the link for the short evening service here:
THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC DIGITAL RESOURCES
The Royal Schol of Church Music have provide a Hymn of the Day and Sunday Self Service, All of this can be found here:
You’re warmly encouraged to use the prayer resources that the Church has provided during this time by clicking on this link:
A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
RESOURCES FROM CHELMSFORD DIOCESE TO SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH WORSHIP AT HOME
Throughout Christian history, some Christian people have found themselves isolated from the sacramental life of the Church for all sorts of reasons and particularly in times of plague, famine and warfare. At such times the Church has encouraged people to make what is called a spiritual communion. It is a way of uniting yourself with Jesus and entering into a communion with him even though you are not able to receive the sacrament. Our Spiritual Communion Web Page includes an explainer video and order of service which can be downloaded and used at home.
Live Streamed Services from Chelmsford Cathedral
Chelmsford Cathedral are now live streaming morning and evening prayer every day on their Facebook page. Please follow them and share their live stream posts on your own church Facebook.
National Day of Prayer and Action
Perhaps the simplest way to encourage home worship this Sunday is to ask people to participate in the Churches Together National Day of Prayer and Action. People are encouraged to light a candle and put it in their window at 7pm and to pray for the sick, the anxious and those who work in our Health Service and Emergency Services.
Further Information regarding support from Chelmsford Diocese and worshipping at home can be found on their website:
KEEPING YOU UPDATED
Due to Governement Guidance, we are currently sending out weekly Notice Sheets and Church updates regarding COVID-19 updates by email.
If you would like to receive a copy, please email our Administrator, Fleur Harris, by clicking this link: EMail
We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.
For further information regarding our Safeguarding Policies please click here:
The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website:
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