An important message from Reverend Rebecca, Jayne and Tony about Services in Church:
On Tuesday morning (5th January) we met with Rev Claire following Monday night’s announcement by the Government that England will once more move into lockdown. While public worship is still permissible, we have informed Bishop Julian that we have temporarily suspended worship in church. We will take this time to focus on online worship and increasing our pastoral outreach.
The new variant of Covid-19 and its increased frequency of transmission and our concern for the safety and well-being of those in our parish have prompted this decision. We will, of course, keep this situation under constant review keeping everyone’s health and well-being at the forefront of the reviews.
We will be trying different formats of online worship over the next few weeks so please be patient as we experiment and find various ways to express our worship and praise. We will also spend time looking at how we can develop our worship and inclusivity for those who don’t have access to the internet.
We are sure that you will appreciate that this has been a difficult and heartfelt decision to take and was not without prayerful consideration for everyone.
We are still uploading a weekly Sunday morning service so please visit our YouTube channel to join in with this service, and to see all our previous online services. Our Service of the Word in Lent booklet is available here.
The readings for Sunday 28th February are available by clicking here.
Lent Midweek Services: During Lent we will be providing a midweek service on Wednesdays on our YouTube channel. There will be a range of different services so please take the opportunity to try ones that you are not familiar with. All of the services will be made available at 09.00 on the day and will remain on YouTube throughout Lent. If you would like to worship as part of our wider virtual church family, please do so at the times shown below. The service sheet, when available, will be accessible by clicking on relevant link.
Wednesday 24th February at 09.15 Morning Prayer – click here for service sheet
Wednesday 3rd March at 19.30 Iona Service
Wednesday 10th March at 18.00 Evening Service
Wednesday 17th March at 19.30 Reflective Prayer
Wednesday 24th March at 21.30 Compline (Night Prayer)
The Illustrated Ministries resource pack for children (and adults) can be found for last week by clicking here
The Blackburn Diocese Weekly@ resources for January through to April can be found here.
If you would like to financially support the mission and ministry of St Paul’s Church then please visit our online giving page by clicking on the Give a Little logo – thank you.
‘What does hope mean in this time’ – Revd Anderson was asked to contribute to some short videos by St Paul’s Cathedral on the topic of hope. Please click here to go to the website page where Anderson is joined by some other well-known theologians that you may recognise.
Prayers at Home:
Please click here for Prayers at Home
The Church of England has produced a new booklet called “Prayers. For use during the coronavirus outbreak”. Please click here to download a digital copy. If you would like a hard copy of this resource then please see the information on the notice sheet for this week.
Coronavirus Hymn and Music:Coronavirus Hymn