All churches are now closed even for private prayer. We must all stay at home as much as possible. Please see the link to the Church of England Coronavirus guidance for churches here. There is also information on the Diocesan website.
We will keep the website and Facebook updated with further information when available. All Saints also has an email database and relevant information is sent to members. If you would like to be added to the database please email email@example.com. We are sending out a weekly newsletter in place of the pew sheet to all on the email database and an electronic copy of the April ‘Saints Alive’ is available.
The Parish Administrator is working from home, but can be contacted by email and the usual office phone number. The churchyard remains open subject to anyone following the social distancing rules.
Some music for Holy Week – Ubi Caritas – ‘where charity and love are, there God is’ can be found on the All Saints FaceBook page.
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the story of the Last Supper where Jesus showed his love by washing the feet of his disciples. After the Supper He went into the Garden to pray with three of the disciples who promptly fell asleep! Jesus returned saying to Peter: ‘How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour?’ (Matthew 26:40) The altar in our old church is decorated with lillies (to remember those who have died) and candles and we keep watch, quietly praying. This photo is from last year’s service.
A photo of last year’s Palm Sunday procession
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis encouraged all Christians around the world to join in with The Lord’s Prayer at 11 am on 25th March.
Our Father,who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.
Mothering Sunday video and music recorded by our organist, Phoebe Tak Man Chow at All Saints’ can be watched and listened to from this link – https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArpmXXBVhRw8vQu-o1OIZ4jbch5Y?e=6LewIr (paste the link into your browser if the hyperlink doesn’t work)
The Bishop of Rochester has written a reflection on the current situation which explores where can we find refuge and comfort and how as Christians we can support others.This can be found on the diocesan website via this link https://soundcloud.com/user-727736776/bishop-james-a-reflection-during-the-coronavirus.
The “in need of our prayers”, “recent deaths” and “anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones” section from the pew sheet will appear under Weekly Notices. We are also expanding these notices by including short news items from parishioners and prayer requests contributed by you.
Please keep an eye out for the welfare of your neighbours at this time – if you are willing to shop and run errands for a fellow member of the church who has self-isolated, please contact John Pentlow. Would anyone in need of help also contact John Pentlow on firstname.lastname@example.org.