COVID - 19


For the latest COVID-19 advice and prayer resources, please visit - https://www.churchofengland.org/


Coronavirus Task Group Update 01/03/2021

Please find attached briefing 01/03/2021

Dear brothers and sisters

As anticipated, a change in advice regarding places of worship has arrived from the Directors of Public Health in Lancashire. You can find their letter here.

They want to reinforce that this is not a return to 'normal' worshipping practices but more a suggestion that the levels of risk seen in January are starting to abate.

Please do continue to maintain strict adherence to the guidelines around social distancing, hand washing or sanitising and the wearing of masks indoors.

While it may be tempting to relax a bit as restrictions begin to ease, we should continue to model good practice as we have done across the Diocese throughout the pandemic. It is still very important that people do not gather either before or after the service and you will see that the Directors of Public Health mention this specifically as an area of concern.

In light of this letter, the vaccine roll out, and following the announcement that schools are to fully reopen on the 8th of March, the dispensation given by the Bishop of Blackburn which allowed for the closure of churches to public worship will now end as follows:

8th March - Blanket provision for churches to close for public worship on a Sunday ends. Churches can and should, where possible, now reopen for public worship on a Sunday and Feast Days.

8th - 29th March - Churches have a 3 week grace period should they not be ready to reopen and can inform Bishop Julian of their intentions to remain closed whilst they prepare for a return to in-person worship.

30th March - For churches who wish to stay closed after this date, specific permission must be sought from Bishop Julian. This is done in writing (by email is sufficient) and will be considered on a case by case basis. Without such permission a church building cannot legally remain closed to public worship from this date.

As always, we have updated our Coronavirus Compendium on the Diocesan website with this important development.

Any decision to reopen after a time of closure should be taken alongside local church leadership and following a thorough risk assessment. If you are unsure about what to do or need any assistance in making your decision please contact your Area Dean, an Archdeacon or contact the coronavirus email address and someone will be in touch with you.

Blackburn Cathedral have made the decision to open for public worship after the 8th March.

If you have any questions about this or anything else please do continue to use our advice compendium and email the coronavirus email using coronavirus@blackburn.anglican.org

Gracious God,
as we remember before you the thousands
who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your
strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Amen.


July Parish Magazine.


Hello Everyone,

I trust you are all getting through these tricky times ok; coping with the ups and downs. Time seems for me to fly as fast ever, and so I write to remind you that I'll be working on the mag next week when I know what I have to fit into the July edition. The advertised date for me to receive your contributions is . . . . . BEFORE JUNE 14th please It has been good to receive some items from new people as well as frequent contributors.Anyone in our communities is welcome to send something to help keep the magazine's content varied and fresh and hopefully providing something of interest for everyone. If you know of anyone you could encourage to join in, please do so. Children's ideas are welcome too. What they have found hard or what might they be enjoying? Anything of interest about the Home-schooling? How are folk now filling their lock-down days? Are any small relaxations helping? Suggestions and new ideas are often worth sharing?

Sometimes people post me items or even dictate over the phone.Remember, for emailed items I usually reply fairly quickly to tell of their safe arrival, so if you don't hear from me please try a re-send or ring 01772 683 827


With thanks

Sandy

PS - As always, thank you to the people who have already sent me a contribution for the next mag; sorry if you are being bothered by receiving this reminder in my bulk lists.

Below is a link to Bishop Jill's latest words of encouragement on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY6_fCoYJFQ



Words from Bishop Jill to Families and Information from the Board of Education

Many parents are juggling work, child care, solving maths problems and setting new boundaries and routines. Some parents have suddenly found themselves out of work; some parents have found themselves with incredible demands at work.

Please give yourself plenty of slack in this time. I'm conscious that as Christians we are often super-dedicated to the cause. Mother Teresa once said: "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family". My best child-care advice as a new mum was from a nun(!) who observed how our children often reflect back our own moods to us. And anyone who has been couped up with a toddler for too long can totally understand why tantrums break out at the worst possible times. And that's just the parent! I finished a Zoom meeting with the North West bishops yesterday then went out to play football in the garden. I enjoyed both: though sometimes virtual kids and football with colleagues is tempting.

It can be hard thinking of new ideas to engage and enthuse our children. Can I recommend our marvellous Board of Education Website and Social Media pages. There you'll find lots of resources for children, teenagers, RE and collective and family worship. Take a look at Lisa Horobin's films "Off the Shelf". You might even meet her dog.

The Children's and Youth teams in the diocese have produced some fantastic resources, click on the links below:

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product-category/under-5s/

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product-category/primary-age-5-11/

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product-category/secondary-age/

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/podcasts/

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product/podlets-discussion-notes/

https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/youth/youth-blog/

The team have been working hard to adapt many of the church focused resource to being home focused and for parents to use with their children and young people. The best way of keeping up with the new resources and those being adapted is through their Social Media pages, the links for which are below.

https://www.facebook.com/BDBEupdates/

https://twitter.com/BDBofE

https://www.instagram.com/bdbofe/

https://www.youtube.com/user/blackburndiocese

Jesus Himself faced cataclysmic threats. Herod was always out to kill him. I love his advice when living under that threat: "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough evil of its own" (Matt 6.34). May our Good Father give His peace and wisdom to parents and children at this time."

Live streaming weekday morning prayer - Ex parishioner, Anne Beverley, now priest at Christ Church, Wesham is providing this on alternate weekdays at 10am. Take part by joining their Facebook group, or by looking at their You tube channel:-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCigVOWiV6aVxsXllWtJ7cGQ

 The videos will be stored there for you to use at any convenient time.

The Church of England is streaming daily services enabling people to link up - just google C of E

They are provided in contemporary and traditional forms. You can do this without an I-pad or computer if you've a Smart speaker such as Alexa or Google home. Just say, "Alexa open the Church of England" OR "Hey Google, talk to the Church of England" and then ask for the daily service.

Television, Radio Schedules will inform of services and programmes offering religious encouragement and Smart-phone Apps will be useful too.

Remember also to use this website.

We are aiming to provide links to many of the items above.

Also the Vicar of our benefice, Rev Philip Chew, intends as far as possible

to post a fresh 'Thought for the day' and a regularly updated prayer.


This page replaces the magazine's usual list of services at St Nicholas and St Matthew's. and underneath is an explanation of plans made to assist our church and community in coping with the restrictions caused by the current emergencies.

"Do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:9


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St Nicholas Wrea Green Parish Continuity Plan 


Use of Church

  • Our Churches will remain open as normal for prayer and reflection

Hand Sanitizers to be obtained and placed near to the inner doors

  • There are prayer stations within church with prayers written by specific groups: - Jam, LCF, Men's Breakfast and the weekly prayer rota
  • We will support Fylde Foodbank with donations and possibly offer assistance with the manning
  • Funerals, Baptisms, and Weddings can go ahead but with only immediate family or the minimum required by law. This is subject to review

Communication

  • The Web site www.stnicholaschurchwreagreen.com is updated on a regular basis with news and prayers and words of comfort and encouragement. Links to COE web site and those churches who stream services will be made available
  • Poster/Notices in porch and on the notice board
  • Church bells will be rung each day at 12.00 noon
  • Everyone is invited to place a candle in a window in the home to be lit each Sunday at 7:00pm to show the light of Christ never goes out.
  • A letter will be distributed informing each house what we are doing and how to contact people will be delivered
  • The Easter Cross to be erected on the Green near to church subject to permission from Parish Council
  • The April Parish Magazine will have articles of support for the foodbank and services added or modified.

Pastoral Care

the Church will offer support to Wrea Green Coronovirus Helpers,.

  • As a Church we will continue to offer wherever possible Pastoral care by phone but not necessarily with house visits
  • We will contact all the vulnerable we know and offer help or put them in touch with Wrea Green Coronovirus Helpers. A list has been produced by Stanley Parkinson
  • If possible this same group to offer support in Weeton and Ballam
  • Soundings to be taken to see if we can put the Helpers group in touch with appropriately trained counsellors
  • To encourage people to ask for help if they need it

Social Activities and Use of the Centre

  • Nicholas Bear Club, Wednesday Get Together and Tea and Tea Cakes and other social gatherings have been cancelled.