Vicars Message

A message from the Vicar updated 28th March 2020

Dear All

I am contacting you about a number of important matters in relation to the current coronavirus epidemic.

First and most importantly, please know that I am concerned for everyone within the parishes and continue to pray for all of you.  I will do my best to keep you up to date as and when appropriate, and I know that you will do all you can to support each other at this difficult and challenging time.  Advice has been flowing faster than it is possible to keep up with recently, and I need to digest all the information and work out how to apply it.  For now:

1. It is with regret that St Mary’s Acton is closed for the foreseeable future.  It will re-open in due course when Government advice suggests that it is safe to do so.

2. The Archbishops announced that all public worship is suspended until further notice.  You can read more about this at:  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship                

3.  I am saying Morning Prayer at 8.45 each morning in the Vicarage  (Friday may be later!).  I will also celebrate Communion on behalf of everyone each Sunday at 11.00 am in the area of my spare room which I've made into a chapel. Another way of keeping in touch is to pray at the same time as others are praying.  John Malbon has provided some daily prayers (see Worship Resources page) which he and those in the Thursday Bible Study Group, are using at 10.00 each day.  Please feel free to join in at any of these times.  

4. I am working hard to ensure that appropriate worship resources appear on the websites as soon as possible.  

For now, 

there is a prayer for the coronavirus epidemic at:  https://www.churchofengland.org/ 
There are also various apps to download to help us to worship at:  https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps

5. Supporting those who are self-isolating is crucial.  A neighbourhood contact card is available on request which you may wish to use in your own localities.

6. I would like to set up telephone circles so that we can keep in touch.

7. There are various community Facebook pages being set up to support people through this difficult time.  At the moment I'm aware of a Community Facebook Page in Worleston and there is also a Facebook page which covers all the parishes at: COVID-10 Rural Support Group-South Cheshire.


8. Finally, but still important if you've managed to read this far, please respect the fact that I am in the vulnerable category.  It is important that I stay as well as possible in order to be available when I am really needed.  I am therefore restricting contact with people as much as is reasonable, but not entirely self-isolating.  I will continue to work, but it will be in different ways.  I continue to be available to you on the phone (01270 628864) and by e-mail    revanne@uwclub.net. I will continue to enable appropriate forms of worship and appropriate forms of pastoral care.   If I cannot meet your need because I am keeping myself to myself wherever possible, I can contact those who can.  I would be grateful of your understanding in this.  Please do not interpret it as an unwillingness to engage with the situation or as laziness on my part

Please do all you can to keep yourselves safe and to care for each other in new and different ways, and above all, please stay in touch.

In Christian love and with my prayers,

Anne

Revd S Anne Lawson
Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of
St Mary's Acton, St Bartholomew's Church Minshull, St David's Wettenhall, St Oswald's Worleston