Covid 19

We have  opened most of our churches, once a week to allow Private Prayer. This started weekly from 7th July. The rota is as below:

  • Tuesdays - Eastham 9am to 6pm;
  • Wednesdays - Rochford 9am to 6pm;
  • Thursdays - Stanford 9am to 6pm;
  • Fridays - Stoke Bliss 10am to 4pm and Kyre 2.30pm to 5pm;
  • Saturdays - Hanley William 9am to 4pm;
  • Sundays - Rochford 9am to 6pm 

If you wish to visit one of the churches outside these days and times, please contact the local Churchwarden.

In order to minimise the risk to those wishing to pray and those opening and closing the churches, we will keep the doors and gates open during opening and ask that those attending maintain social distancing and use the provided hand sanitiser on entry and exit from the church. Obviously we will try to open our churches more frequently when the risk is reduced.

We are having public worship in our churches subject to safeguards and national guidelines - details in the Parish Calendar.

We are recording some Sunday Services at Services in a time of Crisis - we are also Zooming daily prayers.

Meanwhile, these churches remain active in prayer and supporting the communities. Most current information is available on our Facebook page.

All our local communities are offering contact, support and assistance for the vulnerable or housebound. If you need help or would like to offer your assistance please contact:

  • Our local Church members who are actively involved in this initiative:

    • For Eastham - Celia Adams by Email or phone her on 01584 781258 or ask her for you to join the Eastham Covid 19 WhatsApp group - she will need your mobile number to do this and you will need to have WhatsApp installed on your 4G mobile

    • For Hanley - Peter Thorneycroft

    • For Rochford - Ann Prosser by Email or phone her on 01584 781317

    • For Stanford - Robin Dean by Email or phone him on 01886 853295

    • For Stoke Bliss and Kyre - Maggie Kingston by phone on 01885 410431

  • Our Priests

    • Our Priest in Charge, Rev Julia Curtis by  Email or phone her on 01886 853286

    • One of our Retired Priests
      • Rev Robert Barlow by Email or phone him on 07947 600627
      • Rev Sally Jones by Email or phone her on 01584 781526

Last revised 26th July  2020 at 09:00

The Church of England has recently supplied the attached book of prayers:

Corona Virus Prayer Book

The Church of England have recently launched a free telephone service called Daily Hope phone line on 0800 804 8040 (available 24 hours per day). This is for people who do not have easy access to the internet. If you have friends or neighbours who are unhappy trying to navigate a computer keyboard - please recommend this to them - it contains prayers, hymns and services - all are accessible via a spoken menu using your phone keypad to respond. I particulaly liked the hymns which are replaced daily (Option 2) Below is the link describing this service:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/daily-hope-phone-line

The Church of England is offering the following guidance:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches


The Church of England is offering the following prayer resources:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

We feel that the attached Psalm might be helpful:

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Below some helpful guidance from Worcestershire County Council

 

 

Above leaflet as a PDF for Download