Updated on 22nd June 2020 at 09:15.
The Government has recently made the decision to allow church buildings to open for the purposes of private prayer and small funerals. At present our two church buildings remain closed, but we have issued an update on our plans. You can read the statement here, or watch a video of it being read on our YouTube channel, here.
We are living in unprecendented times. The situation facing us with the Coronavirus is a complex and swiftly changing one, and the way we function as a country, as churches, and as individuals has significantly changed in this time, too.
During this strange time, the church continues to be alive and active, although we are having to suspend our normal activities and meetings.
This means that, until further notice, our church buildings in Mistley and Bradfield, along with every Church of England building in the country, are closed for public worship.
We are awaiting further news about the ways in which the current restrictions may be lifted, and are pleased that although we are unable to meet physically at present we are able to meet online. We are still the church - an active and worshipful community of believers - even without access to our buildings!
We will continue to meet online, via our YouTube page which you can view here. Revd Dom will usually lead morning prayer at 8am on this channel every day from Monday - Thursday. On Sundays, we will meet on the channel at 10:30am to worship together as a community.
We are also offering a weekly Bible study and prayer sheet (found here), which contains suggested readings every day (to line up with morning prayer), prayers, and reflections for you to use at home.
For those who would like it, we broadcast a weekly service over the telephone, which can be accessed on 10206 489686. The words to go with this service can be downloaded here.
If you are feeling lonely, or would otherwise like a chat, please do feel free to phone Revd Dom on the numbers below, and he will connect you with our pastoral network.
If you want to know more about weddings, baptisms, or funerals at this time, please click here for the latest guidance.
Please continue to follow the government guidance, stay safe, and keep praying.
Almighty God of love and healing power,
look with mercy on all those who are ill and suffering at the present time.
We pray particularly for those affected by the Coronavirus,
and ask that you would draw near to them in comfort and healing.
Help all of us to act kindly and with merciful love to each other,
and help our communities as we seek to support one another.
We pray for those in government, and ask that you would give them wisdom;
we pray for those who work in the health industry,
and ask you would grant them protection;
and we pray for those who are lonely or fearful,
and ask that you would draw near to them.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our healer and redeemer.