ST ANDREW'S COVID-19 UPDATE 26 MARCH


Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, following Church of England advice, all services and events in the church have been cancelled. Services and meetings will take place online via Zoom or Skype. The church website www.nschurch.org.uk will show when the next event is and how to join.

If you need help on using Zoom, see the using Zoom post on this blog - for Skype, see the Using Skype post.

For ideas for praying and connecting to God at home, see the Ideas post on this blog.

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As you may have heard, the Church of England along with other denominations have asked that Sunday Services in church buildings stop for now, to help with social distancing.  However that does not mean that we need to stop praying or worshipping God.  This is obviously new territory for all of us, so we will keep you regularly updated, but here are St Andrew's plans for the coming week.


Connecting with St Andrew's this week

We were pleased that many people were able to join us via Skype on Sunday morning, though we discovered later in the week that you need to be patient and keep trying when Skype is busy.  The link may work eventually.
This week you can join us:

Sunday 29th March - 10am Morning Prayer by Skype - Check our website or facebook page for details of how to join us from home to worship together.  (You don't need a skype account to join in and you can find a how-to-join-us-guide here).
Wednesday 1st April - 11am Coffee prayer and chat by Skype - again check 
our website or Facebook for details nearer the time.  We have decided to make this a weekly meet up for now.

Look out for details of what we're doing for Holy Week and Easter (5th -12th April) in next week's update. 

Connecting with God at home 

The Bible is very clear, when life is tough, it’s a call for us to turn to God and ask for His help.  He never leaves us and wants to help.

God says “I may stop the sky from sending rain. I may command the locusts to destroy the land. I may send sicknesses to my people. Then my people, who are called by my name, will be sorry for what they have done. They will pray and obey me and stop their evil ways. If they do, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”                 2 Chronicles 7 v 13-14

So why not start a new habit of prayer and spending time with God?

Ultimately, of course, God just wants us to choose to spend time focussing on him, telling him how we’re feeling, what we’re thankful for or worried about and to wait in his presence. But here are 
some ideas to get you started.  If you find others please let us know via our Facebook page or email.

Connecting with others 

Swindon Food Collective are having to change they way they operate, but they are expecting high demand in the coming weeks, so please continue to give items via supermarket donation stations and make a financial donation if you can.  Full details are on our website

If you need any practical support or just a friendly voice at the end of the phone, please do let us know by email or phone 07588594410 or 07443522620.  As a church family we are very happy to help one another when we can and if you are able to help let us know and I will add you to the list of volunteers.

"Compassionate Swindon" is a centralised initiative coordinating volunteers across the borough, and you can find more details of how to register for help or to receive help 
here.

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