To all the wonderful community of All Saints
This is just to let you know that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced that all church services and group activities should be suspended until further notice because of the Covid-19 Corona Virus pandemic.
Obviously we are very sad about this, especially as we were looking forward to celebrating Mothering Sunday together this coming weekend. However, it is the sensible thing to do.
We are currently working on different, creative ways to pray together, even if we can’t meet together. We have created a channel for ourselves on YouTube. It’s called ‘All Saints Parish Church Old Isleworth’. Catharina and I will post videos of us leading prayer that you join can in with. If you download the app to your mobiles and tablets called ‘CH Time to Pray’ that will give the text each for following Daily Prayer. We will let you know when we post a video – ideally we’re hoping that during this time of many of us working from home, we will set aside 20 minutes or so at noon Monday-Friday to pray Daily Prayer together over the internet, via YouTube.
We are looking for ways to post something for Sundays, or maybe to open church for private prayer between certain hours for people to come and pray quietly on their own, providing we can still observe the ‘safe distance’ protocols. Do look at for emails updating you about that.
This is a very complex time for us as a nation, for us as church community and for us as individuals. We pray particularly concerned for our older members who may be isolating themselves as much as possible. We will stay in touch with you by phone. In the meantime, if you need anything please call me on 07575 163626 or Catharina on 07840 724053 (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only).
We pray too for all the members of our church community who are involved in providing medical care for others, or who are involved with the emergency services.
As Christians we have a source of hope and peace which we should hold onto at this time. Jesus promises to give us peace – peace beyond all understanding. He is also our Rock, our Shield and our Strength. When we feel anxious and overwhelmed by all that’s happening, or lonely because we’re self-isolating, or worried by all the panic buying, let’s take a moment to lift our eyes and look up to Jesus and the peace and hope we have in him. We know, too, that he calls us to be salt and light in the world. Let’s pray that in the way we support those in need, in the example we give of refusing to be panicked, that those around us see the real difference that faith in Jesus makes at this time.
If you want to pray but don’t quite have the words we can pray this prayer from the Church of England, written especially for the Corona Virus situation:
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. Amen.
So – hold fast to the peace and hope you have in Jesus, keep an eye open for updates about times of prayer in church and broadcast on YouTube, keep an eye open for each other and we’ll see everyone soon.
With love and blessings to everyone,