We want to reassure you that we are here for both your spiritual and physical needs as we face the Coronavirus crisis.
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Church of England has suspended public worship until further notice.
There will be further information via e-news later this week with further details about new developments designed to help and support the community over the coming weeks and months.
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In the meantime:
- A single SJE live-streamed service will be broadcast each Sunday at 10.30 am and details about how to access it follow. We have made access as simple as possible. The live broadcast will begin at 10.30 in the morning and will be made available to view later if you miss it. You can join us by simply going to:- stjamesandemmanuel.org/liveservice You can click it now and bookmark the page.
- All activities that are run with direct PCC oversight will cease with immediate effect and that includes but is not limited to, toddler groups, babies and bumps, Sunday children’s groups, morning prayer and Tuesday Communion, Youth Cafe, Places of Welcome and the Farsi ministry.
- We do not encourage homegroups/Lent groups to continue to meet but these are, in essence, private arrangements and it is ultimately down to the members how they want to proceed.
- We would very much like to keep the Boaz Nightshelter in operation until the end of the season and will be guided by Boaz and the willingness of our wonderful volunteers.
- Day-to-day decision making will be made by the staff team in consultation with the Standing Committee where necessary. PCC will maintain oversight.
- In addition to the new live-streaming service we are also in consultation with our partners in Home Cafe about the possibility of serving our community in practical ways over the months ahead. The ministry of the church will change radically towards a pastoral ministry and I do ask for your prayers for us locally, for the city and for our country and those in positions of responsibility.
View the Church of England’s latest guidance
Let’s remember to pray for our world, country and community. The Methodist Church has written the following prayer and I offer this to us all…
God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.