A brief update from Rev’d Ian Bird about our response as a church during this Coronavirus outbreak.
As a local Church we believe it is our responsibility and privilege (along with others in the community) to provide love and support to all people in Chandler’s Ford. In these unprecedented peacetime events we are having to look at new ways we can provide this love and support to the Chandler’s Ford community. This webpage will outline many of those ways and will be updated as and when we find new ways of supporting people; so please do check back regularly.
As we have to, for the time being, put public worship on hold, we will be looking at ways of livestreaming our services. Links will be posted here in due course.
Below are different ways we can support you and/or your loved ones in Chandler’s Ford as well as advice and guidance. These are broken down into three main sections: practical support, mental wellbeing and spiritual support.
We have a team of DBS checked volunteers who can help you in numerous different ways. From phoning you to check you are okay and give you someone to talk to, to doing your shopping and posting your mail. If you could benefit from any of these ways, or you have another practical need which you believe we could help with, then please do contact us. You can phone the church office on 023 8026 5977 or email us on: email@example.com
Mental Wellbeing Support
For many people self-isolation is, if it hasn’t already, becoming more and more of an inevitability. Being home, and for many that also means alone, for a long period is never easy. Please click here to download a Word document which gives some excellent ideas and practical advice on keeping your mind healthy (a huge thank you to Jane Duxbury, an ex Occupational Therapist and member of our church, who compiled this list). This is not an exhaustive list, but should at the very least give you a great starting point in giving you practical ways to keep your mind healthy.
A fantastic website and app is the Google Arts & Culture site (https://artsandculture.google.com). This website allows you to take some virtual tours around some of the greatest Museums around the world as well as having a bulk of information on whats in them and giving online exhibitions. This is definitely something to help you stay entertained and informed during any period of self-isolation.
As of the afternoon of Tuesday 17th March the Archbishops of the Church of England called for public worship to be put on hold; in doing so they said that the Church of England is to become ‘radically different’. The way we do ‘Church’ is going to be radically different, but our hope in Almighty God remains the same; steadfast and undeterred.
We are asking people to sandwich the day in prayer – we are suggesting for people to pray at 9am and 9pm. Below are some links that include some liturgy to help you as you pray. Do not feel you need to use this if you would prefer to pray as you personally feel led. As you do pray, be assured that many others across this parish are joining with you in prayer too. If 9am and 9pm are not practical for you to pray, then that is okay, please do pray at a time that is more practical for you; whether it is round the dinner table as a family, or driving to/from work.
Here are the resources to help you pray during this time:
Finally, click here to be taken to Northumbria Community where you can access their daily prayers, scripture reading and meditation; this is particularly good if you enjoy more Celtic style prayers and liturgy.
How to access live streamed services
Every Sunday and 10am there will be a service live streamed on our Facebook page; You do not need a Facebook account to watch this live – you just need to Click here -> fb.com/parishcf at 10am. If you miss any of the live streams you will be able to watch them again on our Facebook page (if you have Facebook), on our Youtube channel, or by clicking here to view it on our website.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.