COVID - 19 RESPONSE
As you know, in the interests of public safety and in line with government advice, the decision from the Church of England and Diocese of Chelmsford has been that we suspend all public worship until further notice. As difficult as this was to hear, we know it is the right response in order to help flatten the curve of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday Morning Mass – online
While we cannot gather inside church for Sunday mass, those of us with access to the internet can still join in online. Fr Salvador Telen at St Saviours together with our organist, Tom Fowkes will be broadcasting live on Sunday mornings at 10am from Facebook Live c/o Salvador Telen or St Saviours Facebook page. Keep an eye out for the link that will be available on Sunday morning.
Thursday Midweek Mass
For our Thursday Midweek mass group whom do NOT have access to internet, we have prepared physical copies of the materials mentioned below and will post these to the Thursday Mass regulars’ homes by this weekend.
The attached materials are for everyone’s continued spiritual support while at home:-
- Spiritual Communion Order of Service (sent from the Diocese of Chelmsford)
- St Barnabas prayer booklet (edited with permission from Emmanuel Holloway CofE, Hornsey
- Family devotional Morning Prayer (sent from Fr Princel Balitog)
Please note these materials are for everyone, so please feel free to share this widely.
Thursday Midweek Morning Prayer – conference call
We know the majority of our regular Thursday group do not have access to the internet so we are going to offer Thursday morning prayer via conference call, which is FREE. We will start Thursday Midweek Morning Prayer at 12 noon because that’s when we would normally start. We will use the Angelus and Common Worship Morning Prayer.
To access the FREE conference call, you have to do the following:
1. Dial 0203-582-4515
2. When prompted, enter Conference ID: 950 404 237 #
Clergy available for prayers over the phone
If you need prayers, please contact our clergy. We recommend that you text or leave a voice Message so that they can contact you back.
- Rev. Salvador Telen: 07445968142
- Rev. Andres Palantes: 07492854782
- Rev. Prince Odoemena: 07529989241
- Rev. Chris Smaling: 07977564035
We would appeal to those who can still continue to make a weekly offering, to do so online. The reference you can include is your alms envelope number or your name. Account details are: St Barnabas PCC account, HSBC Bank Plc, 192 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17, Sort code: 40-07-15; Account no.: 81061119. Those who pay by cash and cheque, please hold on to it and we will figure out a way for us to collect it from you. It might mean we drive to you but practicing social distancing. Rest assured we will find a way. Every blessing to you and your family for your continued generosity.
Likewise, with all public workshop, community choir practice is also suspended for the meantime. Even so, social distancing is NOT going to stop us from singing and learning! Tom has already filmed this week’s choir rehearsal lessons for both the adults and children, which will be available online, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOQmvNU-MOqu5A8Xa-I1xdA .
Stay in touch, generally
Look out for your family, friends and neighbours while taking great precautions. Beware of scam artists who are offering to help buy your groceries or collect medicines. You will know they are fraudsters because they will ask for money. NEVER give money to people offering services in this way.
We need each other more than ever right now. Our prayers, love and solidarity are with you. May the Peace and love of God that surpasses all human understanding, comfort and be with you – always.
God Bless Us All,