Church Office Updates

Update Two Coronavirus 19th March 2020

Information regarding Pastoral Care

It’s good that 34 of us are in the five Home Groups. Please be encouraged to continually pray for each other and to keep in touch with each other at least weekly. For pastoral issues please go to your Home Group Leader or, if necessary, get in touch with me, Sheila or John. We are compiling a list of those not in Home Groups and at Holy Trinity Jane, John, David, Pauline or myself will keep in touch with them.  A similar system will run for St Mary’s.

Church Contact details

We do have permission from a good number from both congregations to have a Fellowship Name and Contact List.  If there is somebody you do wish to contact let the office know and we will let you have the information as long as permission is given or we will ring them and ask then to get in contact with you.

Community Care & Groups

Though I am aware of numerous community care groups being set up in Matlock Bath, I haven’t heard of any in Cromford. For example we are part of the Clifton Road Group. There will be an article in the Matlock Bath Parish Council Magazine, News from the Bath about this.  Please do pray for these groups. You received a prayer list on the first coronavirus leaflet, either by email or distributed at the back of the churches.

Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan

On behalf of both churches the Standing Committee of Holy Trinity, which includes both Pauline and I, have completed this Plan. Tom, Warden at St Mary’s, was unable to come to the meeting. Here is a quotation about the Plan:

“The Diocese of Derby requests that each parish/benefice/mission community or alternative now puts in place a continuity plan in preparedness for further development of the Coronavirus situation.

There are many unknowns about the development of this virus over the coming weeks and months; your plan will need to be revisited and kept under review as circumstances change.”

 Office Opening, Monthly Notices and Weekly Notice Sheets

Currently Caroline & I are able to go into the office to check for messages and emails and Caroline can access the office computer remotely, but not phone as Nick can check for phone messages in his study. The Weekly Notice Sheets and Monthly Notices will be produced as necessary and of course we will produce updates about the Coronavirus.

Giving

For those concerned about keeping their financial giving up to date by Weekly Envelopes, please bring them to the next Church service. Those that give cash or cheque are welcome to use electronic banking by BACS and we can provide you with details on request:

Worship, Prayer, Bible and Communion

Recently Justin and John, our Archbishops, said that we will be doing church in a completely new way as stated in the letter from them which we attach again today. In it they say “Being a part of the C of E is going to look very different in the days ahead. Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on a Sunday and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to but we can certainly pray for people.”

 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.
Amen.

Most of us will have copies of Holy Habits Daily Devotions to complement our Daily Bible Reading Notes and there are many online resources, for example:

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/10-ideas-help-your-church-continue-worship-while-not-gathered

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

Be encouraged to break bread as couples, families or on your own using the words of 1 Corinthians 11 v 23 – 26, in the context of verses 17 – 33.

Every blessing

Nick

Coronavirus Update From the Office 18th March 2020

This is the first of two “UB” emails (which stands for United Benefice) which goes to all who have given permission.  Paper copies will be distributed to those without email.

Firstly I hope you are all keeping safe and well and taking seriously the Government rules and guidelines at this very dangerous time. Should any of you require help in any way, do ensure that your family and close friends are aware and you are more than welcome to contact me by email (nickgrayshon@btopenworld.com), New Mobile: 07421 740640, Landline: 01629 583924.

As per the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s instructions there will be no church services, the exceptions being weddings and funerals. Please keep looking at the links below which are updated as necessary:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

https://derby.anglican.org/en/news/stories/coronavirus-guidance-for-parishes.html

There won’t be any services at either of our churches, nor church meetings for the foreseeable future,

The Holy Habits Lent Groups have been cancelled from today, as has the monthly Lunch Club .

A National Call to Prayer                                                                                                                       
Attached is a poster from Thy Kingdom Come for Mothering Sunday, 22nd March for A National Call to Prayer which asks us to Light a Candle of Hope at 7pm in our window.
Church Opening

As the Archbishops have suggested we are going to have our Churches open every day for prayer until further notice as follows:

St Mary’s:            9.30am to 10.30am      
Holy Trinity:       11am to noon

Nadine Waldron, Diocesan Registrar has sent an email – full version attached – called Legal Aspects re_lating to Coronavirus. For Church Opening Item (3) is pertinent “No services of public worship will take place, although the church should, if possible, be open for private prayer.  There should be notices up to tell people they must observe social distancing. Do not arrange to have welcomers or greeters while your churches are open.

There will be clear signs inside and outside both churches quoting Item (3) and asking that hands are washed on arrival. There’s opportunity for Prayer Requests to be left and leaflets are available. It would be good to have some help opening, closing and staffing both churches please.

Meanwhile please do contact me, Tom, Sheila, John, Jane, David or Pauline should you wish to comment on the above, offer prayers or advice or any other need arise.

With love and blessings,

Nick

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”     1 Peter Chapter 5 verse 7