“It can be tempting to feel that the responses to the Coronavirus, and the virus itself, are ‘getting in the way’ of what we are trying to do as Christ Church. However, as someone once told me about something else entirely, “This is not a problem of ministry, this is ministry.” This is an opportunity for us as Christians to step up and serve each other and those in our communities around us, as Jesus would have done. Let’s pray for, serve and be gracious to each other and those around us as we look to be guided by the Holy Spirit in this challenging time.”
Rev, Graham Shaw
Hello Christ Church,
I’m Shona, I’ve just finished the internship and have taken on the VERY prestigious role of ‘Admin Fairy’ while Carys is having some much deserved time off.
On Sunday 19th July, for the first time in almost four months, Christ Church will be open and at 9.00am holding a Said Service of Holy Communion. This service is primarily for those members of our congregation who are unable to access the online services and numbers have to be set at a maximum of 25 people. The service will also enable Banns to be read, which hopefully means that the three weddings we have booked in September will be able to go ahead!
As has now become the norm, the live screening of our service at 10.30am this Sunday 19th July is here: www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live, broadcast live from within Christ Church. Please feel free to share the link with friends and family and, if you have missed a service, you can always catch up using the same link. This week’s ‘Ordinary Person’ is Hosea. For a sneak preview, read Hosea 1:1-2:1/3:1-5.
As usual, you are invited to the ‘Christ Church Coffee and Chat’ Zoom meeting, directly after the service at 12.45pm. Just let yourselves in via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89101462104?pwd=clY4SnM0alZPMUgyMmc5aWZha2JuZz09. Meeting ID: 891 0146 2104, Password: 471882.
As ever, please do keep an eye on the dedicated ‘This Week, Coronavirus’ page of the website, as any updates we receive will be posted there www.christchurchchester.com/coronavirus and shared on our Facebook www.facebook.com/christchurchchester Twitter, www.twitter.com/ChChChester and Instagram www.instagram.com/christchurchchester pages.
Have a blessed week!
In the face of the challenge posed by the Coronavirus, we believe that an opportunity to express Christ’s mission lies in responding to people’s needs through loving service. We recognise our responsibility to take care of and protect our leaders, our members, and everyone we serve in our parish and city.
There are many unknowns about the development of this virus over the coming weeks and months. We are following the guidance from the government, NHS and the Church of England. We will keep our plans under review and adapt these as circumstances change.
Church Services, Events and Meetings
These will not be held face to face until further notice. Details of our virtual services are above.
Small groups are asked to continue meeting virtually wherever possible. We will be encouraging leaders to share learning on the different ways that Connect groups might be held remotely and enable members to continue taking care of one another. Please let Shona know if you are not part of a Connect Group firstname.lastname@example.org, 07736 679 862
We are in conversation with a central, Chester-wide, co-ordinated response team with regard to provision of overnight accommodation for the homeless within the Mission House. Current medical advice is that it would not be helpful or wise, or indeed kind to facilitate any meeting indoors of any group of people from this highly vulnerable community. For this reason, SWEP provision at Christ Church is cancelled until further notice. If you would like any further information about this work, please contact Veronica Johnston. email@example.com, 01244 671216 or 07985 904859
Following the same medical advice, we are not hosting Drop In (in its current form) until further notice. However, we would encourage participation in the co-ordinated, Chester-wide response in terms of food and information distribution. If you are a volunteer who is over 70, pregnant or have a relevant underlying health condition, please let the coordinator know that you will not be able to volunteer until further notice. However, If you are not at high risk from Coronavirus and would like to help with this work, please contact Sue Ibrahim. firstname.lastname@example.org, 07934 818781
In light of recent guidance, we are no longer able to offer a venue to the many community groups that normally use our space unless there is clear guidance that such a group is exempt. We are happy to reschedule events you have booked where possible. If you choose to cancel your event, and let us know in advance, we will waive charges.
Newtown Residents WhatsApp Group
If you are a resident of the parish and want to connect with your neighbours, there is a WhatsApp group you can join. Please let Shona know if you would like to be added to this email@example.com, 07736 679 862
We know that the Coronavirus will make balancing household finances much more challenging for many people. Please remember that we have a small generosity fund designed to help. Please contact Graham Shaw for more information firstname.lastname@example.org, 07579 775572
Giving – Please do continue to give generously to support the life of the church at this difficult time. If you normally give in person, please can we encourage you to make a donation online? Please setup a standing order or make a one off payment by clicking here.
Whilst the Church building is closed, there will be no access to the Foodbank collection box. The need will continue to be as great, if not greater however. Please consider making a financial donation to West Cheshire Foodbank instead. Click here to donate (external link).
Who is the main contact for matters relating to Coronavirus at Christ Church?
Alec Spencer, Operations Coordinator, email@example.com, 07312 106 356
How can I stay connected with what the church is doing?
We have a dedicated page on our website to help you stay updated. You will still receive an email bulletin from the church every Wednesday as normal. We may occasionally send you additional emails where necessary. Please let Carys Addison know if you don’t already receive this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@ChChChester) and Instagram (christchurchchester).
I don’t have access to the website or email. How can I find out what is happening?
Please let Wendy Peto (ChurchWarden) know if you, or someone you know, does not have access to email or to the website and would like to receive updates by phone. If you would like to receive updates by phone please telephone 01244 951625 otherwise email email@example.com mobile number 07796857382.
What will happen if Graham is unwell?
The Incumbent’s nominated deputy is: Ralph Kemp, Associate Vicar. Should both Graham and Ralph be unwell, this role will be fulfilled by: Wendy Peto, Churchwarden