Covid 19 Updates

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Please see below a Letter from Giles:

To all our amazing church family at St John’s,

The change to all our lives over the last week or so has been so dramatic and so swift. Despite the rapidly changing picture you have all been quite amazing in your loving and faith-filled response.

We get used to being reminded that the church is not a building but a people and so it is. The way our people, our family has rallied around, delivered leaflets, found ways to continue to celebrate God’s goodness and to encourage one another online and by phone has been evidence of this. I am deeply thankful to God for you all and our shared partnership in the gospel.

The latest restrictions, announced last night, are a reminder of how deep and serious a threat we all face. We have many in our community that are especially vulnerable. we must protect them! Despite the very real dangers we must face the weeks ahead with courage, with patient faith and with a healthy respect for our government’s guidance.

In view of this, with immediate effect, our church building will be closed until further notice. That closure does not of course in any way signal a halt to our prayers or our fellowship with one another. On Sunday at least 267 people tuned in for our Sunday worship and we will do all we can to bring you an act of worship this coming Sunday too.

On Monday morning a large group gathered on line for Morning prayer and from tomorrow morning we will seek to offer a daily act of prayer every morning. We will send out clear instructions on how you can join us but, whether you are able to join us online or not, can I encourage you all to pray.

Be aware too that we may well be called to be an answer to our own prayers. We can do so by offering loving service to our neighbours in Meads. Our befriending charity LinkingLives has also set up a Crises Befriending service to help us to respond to the wider needs across Eastbourne.

So, if you think we could help through telephone befriending or practical acts of service please let us know via email or our church number. This is now diverted to our wonderful admin team who continue to serve us from their homes. Please pray for them as they pray for you.

Lastly, as most will know I put my sabbatical on hold indefinitely in order to be here to support the parish.  I do so alongside a dedicated team who are also my dear friends as well as colleagues. As a family with the same Heavenly Father we are here for you. Please, please alert us to any needs and we will aim to be there for you.

And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Your brother and servant in Christ

Giles

This is what morning prayer looked like for us today! We continue to meet every Monday at 9am, just in a slightly different way! And wasn’t it great to meet together...

Church continues! If you missed the live stream of our service you can catch up here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x5XuiMT7x8&feature=youtu.be

Please note the video starts at 18:36, fast forward till this time!

The Church is open EVERY DAY from 10am - 4pm. There is plenty of space to come and rest in peace and quiet. Come and pray.

We are working behind the scenes to bring you lots of live ’services’ and we will update you as soon as possible.

If you have any prayer requests or need something during this uncertain time then please email us at parishsupport@stjm.org.uk

We are the family of God. We must have hope for the future.