COVID - 19
For the latest COVID-19 advice and prayer resources, please visit - https://www.churchofengland.org/
Words from Bishop Jill to Families and Information from the Board of Education
"The last few days have seen seismic changes for children & teenagers. Schools out. Indefinitely. Many young people in Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13 have suddenly found themselves leaving primary or secondary school, cancelling concerts, exams unknown. From Monday many children and teenagers are doing school at home. My 12 year old son was thrilled - he races through his tasks like a sport; my 15 year old is devastated: his world revolves round friends and structure.
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:
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.
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:-
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."
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
- 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.
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.