Many churches are meeting together online using ‘Zoom’. We can connect up to 100 people at a time – but if that limit becomes a problem we can expand it.
Our first Zoom meeting, at 10.00 on Sunday morning, will be primarily a social meeting; I shall conclude it towards 10.15 with a prayer and a blessing.
Equipment required – You need speakers, headphones or earbuds built into or attached to your device. A PC with a separate webcam is ideal. Laptops generally have a microphone and camera, and so will iPads and most Android tablets. If you plan to use an iPad or Mac, Apple insist that you download the free Zoom app from their own store, and it will save time to do this first.
Joining Instructions To join the meeting, just click on the link below below. You will be ‘muted’ when you join, and I can unmute people so that you can contribute, one at a time.
Church is closed A letter to clergy yesterday, from the Archbishops, says ‘Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own.’ I have now locked the church building.
The Church is the whole people of God, not the building – as much as we love that sacred space.
Every Thursday we post the Gospel Reading for our up and coming Sunday Service. See below this weeks Gospel, This weeks service will be available on YouTube. Links will be posted on our website and on here to watch on Sunday.
Dear all, this was part of Bishop Martin’s message to parish
clergy, but it applies to every Christian. It is a timely reminder that
we are all called to be servants one to another. – Sharon
In my own prayer reflection on this global crisis,
I have been reminded of the important role that older people play in
the Bible’s account of God’s plan for our salvation.
Abraham and Sara, Eli,
Naomi, Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna are all examples of the decisive intervention
or response of an older person, out of which comes hope and blessing. In
most cases, they are also closely connected with hospitality and the worship of
This epidemic requires
us to pay special attention to anyone who is
vulnerable, and especially to the older people in our
society. Learning the art of paying that attention is likely to
be a very good thing for us.
We need to listen
before we judge, to learn before we patronise, and to be patient in
understanding the needs of people whose fragile dignity we should be
These are skills that should also characterise our attention to holy scripture and to the texts of divine worship. It is through the practice of attention to scripture and worship that we can become what we are now most urgently called to be; agents of prayer and hope, walking signs and sacraments of God’s love.
As you will know, our normal
church services are suspended until further notice. However, the church
is still here for you; I am still here for you. We just have to do things
differently in these strange times.
While many of you will have some
lovely family times as you find ways of spending time together in fairly
restricted circumstances, there may be moments when it all gets a bit much for
you. Please remember that I am just at the end of the phone if you want
to chat, or email me.
We will be putting some children’s resources on the church website which you will be able to access, and we hope to stream a Sunday act of worship each week. We will be holding everyone very much in our prayers.
Please pray this week for our TBC group, shown here preparing to receive their First Communion next Sunday morning, 15 March at 9.30. Pray also for our 25 young people and 4 adults who will be confirmed by the Bishop of Chichester next Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.
Friday we celebrated Women’s World Day of Prayer which was lead by Zimbabwe. Our very own Vicar Sharon came in traditional dress and shared her memorabilia of her time in Zimbabwe. So lovely to see so many of our community members there.