Arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak

During these past few difficult months we have been doing our best to keep in touch with people and to be available to support those in our parishes, whether practically or spiritually. It has been so heartening and inspiring to see how so many people have answered the call to love their neighbour during this time. There have been Facebook groups popping up offering support locally, neighbours offering shopping runs, prescription runs and all manners of support and offers of kindness.

In this time where it can be so easy to focus on the difficulties and the challenges, and there have been dark times for many whom we hold in our hearts and prayers, and yet still there have also been real moments of light and gifts of grace.

As lockdown has eased and some of life’s normal activities restarted, we have been able to open our churches for services.  This has been exciting though has also raised some anxiety as we start doing things that we have not been able to do for so long.

My son on returning to school was an example of this. He was nervous after 16 weeks away from school, I was too! The process of signing him in and standing on spaced footsteps seemed very strange to us both, however that same process was there to enable him to attend school, see his friends and teacher and do so as safely as possible.

Likewise returning to church seems ‘different.’ There are guidelines to be followed for the safety of all. We can't lift our voices to sing our worship or sit next to our friends in the pew as we usually would. However, we are able to be in God’s house, a place that has been of peace, prayer and presence for hundreds of years. We are able to share God’s word together and we are able to share and receive in the Communion of Christ. 

Please know also that if you are feeling anxious or worried about anything at all, we do have special listeners who would welcome a telephone call and an opportunity to chat with you and would be very glad to support you at this time! 

Every blessing,

Donna Nicholls

Children’s, Schools & Families Worker for the CRT benefice.

 

We are still here for you 

As a community we understand the anxieties and fears that Covid-19,

the Coronavirus, has caused.

We are also aware of the difficulties of isolation.

If you would like someone just to have a chat with over the phone,

someone to pray with you over the phone,or if you are in need of

supplies we will try our very best to help.

 

Please do not hesitate to call us, we are waiting and looking forward to your call.

Maggie Savage— 01823 442523

Gill Underhay- 01823  444599 

Margaret Gibbins—01823 412064

Gwen Smith—01823 975301

Peter Mockford—01823 443165

Sonia Tucker—01823 443153

Donna Nicholls—07789810597 / 01823 444720 

Bob & Kay Pamplin—01823 444265 

Contacting the office

Please note that the Benefice office in Creech St. Michael is now unmanned. The office phone has been diverted, and the Administrator will be monitoring emails as usual.

If anyone has any ideas or requests for anything we can do to help people, or you have heard of people requiring a personal phone call for prayer, Gwen Smith, Peter Mockford and our Pastoral team are available. Others may need a chat, shopping being collected (click and collect is available at supermarkets), or prescriptions collected, please let me know and I can try to arrange this. No one should feel alone at this time, there are lots of people out there offering help.

The e-newsletter will be published as usual every other week, and will continue  over the coming weeks and months. 

Our Community

We would like to  continue to support the local foodbank, at this time, it is in some ways more important than ever. Supermarkets have collecting bins for donations of food at their checkouts.  Please be generous at this difficult time.

There is a community Facebook page set up for those living in Creech and nearby. Its called “Coronovirus Community help Creech, Monkton Heathfield and surrounding”. There are lots of people offering help and there is also a link on the page to a WhatsApp group that has also been set up.