We find ourselves back in a place where it's no longer possible for us to worship in church safely, so we are back praising God from our own homes, and gathering online.
We will continue to offer live-streamed services and prayers on our Facebook page and our website, and via Zoom - if you join the Zoom service you may be recorded, so please be aware of that before you join - your picture will be small, but we like to give an idea of the people who've joined us, so if you don't want that you can just not switch your video feed on.
We’re also going to try gathering for an online coffee and chat after the service, since we won’t be able to do that in person. You can find all the invitations to services, our regular daily offices and the Sunday Fellowship and Coffee on our website here.
If you’d like to join in with those, even if up to now that hasn’t been possible, please do let Rev’d Kate know, she’d be delighted to help you get online with us.
Otherwise, Rev'd Kate is continuing to pray from the Vicarage on Mondays - Thursdays (always 10am on Tuesdays, and she's also joining in with the Archbishops' call for a month of daily prayer at 6pm during this second lockdown for England - for more details, see here), and at 10am on Sunday mornings. Those prayers are usually live-streamed on our Facebook page here if you want to pray with her, and all our prayers and recordings, including all our Sunday morning services, are posted on our website on the Streamed services and prayers page, so you can catch up if you haven't been able to join in live.
If you are unwell, or if you've got a particular person or issue that you'd like prayers for, please do also tell Rev'd Kate. She wants to know if you're poorly, and would be happy to talk or pray with you - call her on 020 8952 4536.
We are asking you please to keep an eye out for your neighbours. We're encouraging people to be "buddies" - to check in on each other from time to time, to make sure that people are coping, and to let Rev'd Kate know if there are concerns. If you find yourself in need of emergency council support or intervention, the helpful numbers from the London Borough of Brent are available here.
If you are finding it difficult to cope, we would like to help. If your problems can be solved by someone offering a helping hand, please get in touch with Rev'd Kate. These are anxious times for us all, but if you find your mental health is suffering, there is some advice from a faith perspective on practical steps you might want to consider here.
And of course we ask for your prayers. There are prayers available for the current situation on the Church of England website, but you may like to use this prayer:
Loving God,We pray for all those who are suffering because of coronavirus. May they know your healing power.When we are afraid for ourselves or our loved ones, give us your courage and your strength. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.Give wisdom to those in authority, and may our community come together for the good of all.We give thanks for all those who care for others, and ask you to be with them in all they do.We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.Amen.