Due to Coronavirus St Benedict Biscop church, the Venerable Bede church and hall and the church Parish Office are all closed until further notice.
A weekly contact sheet with the Sunday readings, a reflection and suggestions for prayer is available. If you would like a copy emailed or posted to you please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also short booklets to help you with your prayers available on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org).
The Bishop of St Albans Golden Rules
(Take care with lighted candles)
The Bishop of St Albans Golden Rules Commended to us by the Bishop of Lichfield Food-for-thought about our attitudes.
Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the official precautions, offer help and reassurance to others – and don’t demonise anyone or any group.
Golden Rule Two: Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out the responsibility to phone them each day. There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. If you visit, follow all the official precautions or don’t go.
Golden Rule Three. Don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is plenty to go around, so practise the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask your neighbours what they need and do you best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies.
Golden Rule Four. Live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness.
Note from Paul
St Benedict’s and the Venerable Bede are following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advice and have suspended all public worship until we are advised that we can resume our normal activities. As I write this Funerals and Weddings can still take place in church but with some restrictions on social distancing.
Private prayer is a very important part of our discipleship and St Benedict’s will remain open between 9.00am and 5.00pm for those who find our church helpful in their prayers. Prayer requests can be left on the Prayer Board Telephoned or sent by Email to the Rector 01902 892234 or email@example.com The Church of England has many resources to help us in our prayers during this difficult time including a simple morning and night prayer these can be accessed at the Church of England website
For those without access to a computer or laptop copies will be available at the back of St Benedict’s Other resources include Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
Smart speakers – daily prayer and LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps. Live streaming services – users can watch live streams of services from a range of churches and we will be improving AChurchNearYou.com in the days ahead to make this clearer.
All Hallows by the Tower Buckingham Parish Church St Nicholas Church, Canvey Island St James’ Church, Clitheroe St Mary’s Kenton I will continue to say Morning Prayer daily in church on behalf of us all. Post cards offering help to neighbours who are self-isolating are also available at the back of St Benedict’s.