Covid-19, Foodbank, Light Cafe, Prayers

Hi folks,

I trust and hope you are all looking after yourselves, your loved ones and neighbours!

During these church closures we are hoping to keep the church open from 12-4 every day for [foodbank] donations to be made and a ‘light café’ – brew and biscuit if anybody needs to talk or need support. This will be done under the current instruction of 1 to 2 meters apart, and of course keep the church open for personal prayers. I will be having two half hour prayer sessions and Bible reflection over the week on Monday afternoon at 1pm, Wednesday evening at 7pm (compline) and Saturday morning 10am with short Eucharist. Sunday might be a live stream if I can work that out, but nobody is invited to come (the option is yours) as we no longer are encouraging public worship thus, these dates and times will not be advertised to the community, and if you are over 70 or vulnerable in other ways, please do stay at home and isolate yourselves – as you will know the fellowship is here to help in any way.

It is hoped that the community of Baxenden will be divided into 8 areas with a warden over each one who will be responsible for overseeing any needs and a first-person contact. Every house will be given a leaflet with basic contact information and the warden will have an in-depth list of volunteers and helpers from dog-walkers to essential rations, in addition, we hope to support people with financial fears and job loss. This is all in the early stages with the future looking unpredictable in these unprecedented times. If you can offer any support through donations, or support for your warden, or giving your time or offerings please let me know, especially in keeping the church open for these important supportive matters.

For more information from our Diocese and the Church of England, please see the following link – https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

If you need a visit from me please let me know and put the kettle on, if I feel the slightest illness, I will let you know and isolate myself!

Let us be hopeful, positive, and the good news in the stormy challenges ahead.

Yours in faith

Vicar Tom