Coronavirus

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Following advice from the Church of England, the following applies to all activities relating to St Gregory’s, Seaton and St Michael’s, Beer, for the time being:

All church services and related activities are cancelled.

  • Our Church buildings are no longer open for any activity.
  • There will be resources for prayer available on this website.
  • Clergy will be available to contact as usual, and will do their best to provide pastoral care.

This provision will be reviewed depending on advice of the Church of England and the availability of people to carry out these tasks.

We are taking all reasonable hygiene precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus, and wish to reiterate the need of anyone who suspects they have the virus or have come into contact with those who do, to self-isolate .

You may find the following helpful: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer

Here are some further resources which you may find helpful:

  • BBC Sounds – an online resource where you can search for the following;
  • Songs of Praise (BBC1, Sundays at variable times)
  • Sunday Service (BBC Radio 4, Sundays at 8.10am)
  • Daily Service (BBC Radio 4 Long Wave, weekdays at 9.45am)
  • Though for the Day (BBC Radio 4, weekdays at 7.50am)

I intend to post on this site a simple order of service for each Sunday that these restrictions remain in place, which you may wish to use at home.

SUPPORTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

Living in current times can be stressful. Living in isolation raises new problems of its own. Being distanced from our usual support network may make life even harder, even if we have a faith. The Church of England has just brought out a resource to help promote good mental health. 10961•Mental-Health-Reflections_WEBDOWNLOAD

CAN’T ATTEND A FUNERAL?

Currently, attendance at a funeral, either at the graveside or at a crematorium, is limited to ten people. This means there many who cannot say that final goodbye to those they have known and loved. Whilst we are intending to offer memorial services once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, there is still a need to mark the loss of a loved one now. Here’s a link to a new resource from the Church of England for those who cannot be present but wish to say goodbye: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Funerals%20liturgy%20at%20home%20public.pdf

Help for praying at home

With more of us staying at home, unable to attend events or self-isolating, attendance at church services is increasingly difficult. Church House Publishing produce two apps that may be helpful to those wanting to pray in the Anglican tradition. To use these you need a device that connect to the internet.

Daily Prayer

This allows you to use the regular services of morning, evening and night prayer (compline), following the lectionary readings. The App is free to download and use online. If you want to be able to use it offline there is a £2.99 annual subscription.

More information here https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer

Time to pray

A simpler format of prayers and readings to be used in the day or evening. This is free to use online or offline.

More information here https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray

Pray as you go

Provides a reading, music, prayers and meditation, linked to the Church year. Each lasts about 12 minutes and is provided form Monday to Saturday each week.

More information here https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Friends and Neighbours with no internet?

DailyHope is a freephone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. It is provided free by the Church of England for anyone who may have need of it.

The number is 0800 804 8044

The Anglican Churches of Seaton and Beer in Devon