During the current crisis it is essential that we look out for each other. We have several people in our village who the NHS classifies as “vulnerable” i.e. they are more at risk if they catch the coronavirus.
Accordingly there is a group on WhatsApp – Scaldwell Helping Hands – which has over thirty people who have volunteered to do what they can in the event of need. Every house in the village has received a leaflet with the name of the person who is the first point of contact in the event of problems.
What does help look like? Well, if you are self-isolating perhaps you need someone to go to buy food for you? Collect a prescription? Perhaps there is a dog that needs walking? Whatever the issue, if you are vulnerable, or self-isolating please do not hesitate to reach out. There is a Helping Hand waiting to help you – at a distance, of course, of 6 feet!
Following guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that ‘our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold’, I am really sorry to say that there will be no Sunday services or other mid-week gatherings in our churches until further notice.
This does not mean that we are ‘shutting up shop’! The Church of Jesus Christ is the people, not the buildings, and so we will find new ways of being Church by supporting our communities and sharing the love of Jesus.
The church buildings themselves, in Walgrave, Hannington, Old and Scaldwell, will remain open for quiet prayer and reflection, as they normally are during the day, and we will endeavour to provide resources for people to use at these times.
We have a website for the benefice on which we plan to upload Church Services, a daily ‘Thought for the Day’ and other general updates.
Do visit our website www.walgravebenefice.org
I’ll finish with some words of Jesus:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)