Church at Home Resources for Sunday 09 & 16 August 2020 – Trinity 9 & 10

This will be the last Church at Home weekly Blog Post for a couple of weeks. The information on here will still be current for this period.

Click below to watch Live on a Sunday or to watch again at any time

Please note there will not be a Zoom Meet Up on Sunday 16 August

After church tea & coffee will be on Zoom from around 11:45am 

Come and join us virtually, it would be lovely to see each other again.
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 750 2131 3429

Roots on the Web

Once again, Roots on the Web have made their resources available to us for free.

For use at home this week
All Resources can be accessed here

St Luke’s will remain closed for the time being due to physical distancing issues

My Mary's for Private Prayer

St Mary’s has been open for Private Prayer many weeks now. We are Covid-19 Secure. We have the correct measures in place that allow us to offer you a safe place to spend some time in private prayer. It has been fantastic to see people face to face over the past three weeks and to have a ‘distanced’ chat with them! Please do come in confidence if you would like to.

Public Worship
The PCC unanimously agreed to apply to Bishop Keith for the dispensation of Canons B11 & B14 for August on the grounds of it being unsafe to open for Public Worship until better measures can be put in place to mitigate risk. This is mainly to do with the size and shape of both churches and the difficulty in maintaining 2m physical distancing. The application was duly granted by Bishop Keith (you can see a copy of his email here), so St Mary’s or St Luke’s will not reopen for Public worship until at least the 1st Sunday of September. The guidance for the legal side of not reopening for Public Worship and the dispensation  is explained in this Guidance from the Church of England.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer Private Prayer sessions at St Mary’s and stream our services through July and August. I know not reopening in August  will be disappointing for some people, but we have to consider the safety of people entering a very restricted space. 

With all God’s blessings, Revd Mike.

Here are the dates/times for Private Prayer until the end of August. 
From 8 August Face Coverings are mandatory by law in church buildings unless you have an exemption.

It is packed full of news – view download or download it here along with the Chester Diocesan News

A bitesize Bible experience from the Ollerton Family

Through 15 minute sessions explore famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and discover how we can be part of it today. Simple to run. Fun. Free. No prior knowledge required. This family devotional course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home.

Click here to view the website:

Who developed this resource?
The Ollertons have been making it during the Coronavirus lockdown. We’ve designed a session each evening and road-tested it with our three kids over breakfast (and revise… and repeat). Charlotte’s a qualified youth worker with oodles of creativity – see the paintings on the cards. Andrew is a more boring-theologian-type. He works with Bible Society and is author of The Bible Course a small group resource.

Many thanks to Howard Barker for sharing this great resource with us.

Faith at Home from the Church of England

This is a great resource for families to keep their children’s faith alive at this time. 
Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.

The Bible Society
Bible Book Club

This is a fantastic free resource which we’ve used for some of the Midweek Get Togethers and is great for personal use to discover more about the books of the bible. Please take a look at the video and click here to find out more.

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