St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You
The Church of England website has a page with links to prayers and resources to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in church. Click here
Click here for other ways to worship while church services have been suspended.
Words to use with the names of those who die from Coronavirus without their loved ones:
If I die someday
Beyond the scope of your care,
Beyond the reach of your voice,
Beyond the touch of your hand,
I do not die alone:
My heart has stored the memory of your care,
My mind the sound of your voice,
My body the touch of your hand.
I was never alone.
Parish Prayer List FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Prayer requests may be e-mailed. Members of our congregation pray for the life of our community each day.
That all people who are staying at home are kept in touch so they do not feel alone; for those who are working and fearful of contacting the virus; for those for whom the lock-down has brought financial hardship and worry about the future; that we all do our best to keep in touch with each other;
For all those involved with the wider NHS and care homes; for emergency services and for all key workers whatever their role as they carry out services and provide supplies and skills; for all priests, ministers and lay people who are helping and supporting others; for funeral directors who are working under what are very difficult circumstances for them and for those bereaved;
For all those infected with the Coronavirus and their families and that the measures in place to stop its spread will prove effective; for all those involved in research to try to find a vaccine against Covid-19;
Ed Garvey, Ian Rankin, Anne Rutherford, David Muskett, Pat Saunders, Charlotte Howarth, Michael Fleming, Adam Price, Harry Stevens, Geraldine Wright, Julia Ward, Alan Creasey, Ivy Sherman, Olive Pitman, John and Beryl Steele, Alec Edge, Pam Cordery and David Reader
For Ongoing Prayer
Jean Menniss, John Cousins, Sylvia Clifford, Ken Rankin, Marlene Cousins, Darren, John Foster, and Vittoria Rickard
Adrian Stokes, Eunice Ambler, Jill Lilley, Gerald Stovell, Charles Rees, John Thomson, Rosemary Owen and Mark Blackden and all those whose anniversary is at this time
Our Prayer Beacon members are praying for
Bryan, Ken Handscomb, Nicole Veness and Jean Barlow