SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP IN SEVERN LOOP
FROM 14 JANUARY 2021
All Severn Loop’s churches are closed for public worship. The suspension will be reviewed on after 31 January.
Our churchyards and churches remain available for funerals (limit 30 mourners).
Weddings are only permitted at present in certain extreme circumstances (limit 6 present).
Revd Mary-Lou Toop
14 Jan 2021
SHARING THE LIGHT IN THE LOOP – WEEKLY PHONELINE WORSHIP ON 01743 298285
'Sharing the Light in the Loop' is our own weekly phoneline worship, led by your own ministers, fresh for each Sunday!
Simply phone the number to hear a short service with prayers, a reflection and a hymn at the end. For many of our housebound folk this has been a gift of the pandemic because it has enabled them to feel part of the corporate life of the church once again, from the comfort of their home. It is also well-used by those who don't have easy access to the Internet. Even if you do, you may like to give it a try?! The message begins with an automated welcome, then a pause, then you'll hear the service. Do share the number with anyone who might value it.
ONLINE WORSHIP VIA YOUTUBE DURING THE LOCKDOWN
Whilst we are unable to worship together in church we can still do so online via YouTube.
This is the link for the Sunday 24th January: https://youtu.be/Yf5mEo_qDhM
We encourage you to worship on Sunday at 10.30 am if you can, the time that our United Services are usually held. But the service will also be available for you at other times.
See News for:
- Your weekly special edition of the Loop (including previous editions)
- Sunday Readings and Reflections
Online Worship via Zoom this Sunday 24th January at 6 pm!
Zoom in the Loop – Evening Prayer and catch up! Please let Mary-Lou, Hannah or Peter know by email by lunchtime on Sunday if you’d like to receive the invitation link. If you have joined us before, you will already be on our list of regulars, but we definitely don’t want this to be a closed group. All are welcome – it’s relatively easy if you have a laptop, smartphone or pc with a webcam and audio.
The Order of Service can be downloaded to view or print out (click or tap for Word.docx file or PDF file) and will also be emailed to our list of existing contacts along with the Zoom link. which will be sent out on Sunday. The reason for this is that we have had problems in the past when the invitation has gone out earlier – please always look for the most recent email!
You can still watch our special services for Christmas on YouTube:
Christmas Day Service: https://youtu.be/fDsj1xR8ZKY
The Longest Night: A Christmas service for all those who are sad, lonely or grieving, or just not feeling festive. Carols, readings - quiet and reflective worship, light in the darkness. https://youtu.be/FWwiV1XG-pc
St Mary's Church, Shrawardine, open for private prayer
As well as Sunday morning services, St Mary's is also open for private prayer as follows:
Winter – From 25 October (when British Summer Time ends): open for Sunday services, any other services and at the request of anyone wanting to visit the church. We have prepared some prayers you may like to take with you if visiting the church for individual, private prayer: Word.docx file or PDF file.
Please ensure that you bring a face covering with you unless you are exempt.
Midweek worship at home Click here for a lovely resource from the Church of England, giving a suggested rhythmn of daily prayer.
A cross in a hedge spotted opposite Leaton Church, by a passer-by. A small sign of hope to surprise us, nestling amongst the darling buds of May. Death and resurrection, death and resurrection, over and over- that is our Christian journey, and in these challenging times it throbs with a particular poignancy. May we find resurrection joy in the small things today, give thanks and be nourished!
Prayers For Use During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Click this link for the Church of England's 'Worship at Home' section of their Corona virus guidance page where you can download a PDF of prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Read update from Mary-Lou Toop, Priest in Charge about Covid-19 here: Loop Bulletin 1 15th March 2020
A Prayer for these Unsettling and Anxious Days
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revd Mary-Lou Toop 13 March 2020