A message from Nigel

Dear Everyone,

We hope and pray that you are well.

In light of the statements on Monday 16 March from the Prime Minister in his daily briefing, and the Health Secretary at emergency questions in the house of commons, and in line with advice yesterday from our Archbishops, it is with a heavy heart that those responsible for Westoning Church have cancelled all services until further notice. This at the moment is with the exception of weddings and funerals but we have just heard these must be drastically scaled down.  This means there will be no Sunday services on Sunday 22 March.

This dramatic announcement includes Church midweek meetings, meetings in homes, and Sunday services. We are advised not to gather. We will inform you as quickly as possible when the position changes.

We have started planning for how we might continue 'being church' during this crisis. We are looking to open the church each day so that people can individually pray and light a candle if they wish. Details of this will be confirmed on the website shortly.

We have a Prayer Ministry team and they, along with Ministers, will be praying over the situation. We are also keen to support those in particular need. Requests for help and offers of help can be made to the Ministers or on line at the Church's website. Please check this website regularly as it will be the place for the up to date news on our response to the coronavirus and eventually it will provide prayer and worship resources for all age groups. These will be uploaded soon. Already there is a link to the Church of England prayer and worship resources for you to use.

The Ministers and members of the Prayer Ministry Team are available to pray and chat with you by phone, or by other smart ways of communicating (Skype, What’s App  and so on, depending on competence). There are other things too that we are looking into to make sure everyone is looked after and the Gospel continues to go out to the neighbourhood. We are linking with the council along with other organisations, as we look to offer support to the whole village.

On Sunday at 7pm we are being asked to show solidarity with others across the nation, by putting a lit candle in our windows that the light of Jesus Christ might shine out to all around, offering, as He does, an eternal hope. Please join us in doing this.

This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly a church for all, or just the church for ourselves? We urge you to become a special sort of church in Westoning and beyond in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in generous service to the world.

Please, therefore, join us in this great challenge; and pray for our Government and nation, for each other, and especially for those who work in our health and emergency services. Finally, put your hope in God, love one another deeply from the heart, and look out for one another and for your neighbours.

with love and prayer

Revds Nigel and Linda Washington 

01525 714442