Coronavirus Statement & Guidance
New instructions on our church building; and our worship
You may have seen there were new guidelines for churches from the Archbishops and these mean that the church building is now fully closed, even for us to be able to record or livestream a service as we had started to do.. The reason is to model best practice in not making additional journeys from home to the church, or to give the impression that the church isn’t taking the crisis as seriously as it should. So, no-one who is a key holder should be going into the church unless it is absolutely essential and have discussed it with the churchwardens or me first. Cheryl is working from home and so do please keep using the church office phone and email as a contact point. I am therefore saying morning prayer from the rectory and this is on my YouTube channel. I will also be posting a Sunday service each week.
Our pastoral care volunteers have been phoning around the congregation to keep in touch. If you haven’t had a call, or would like another, or you don’t think we have your number, please let us know.
Rev’d Sister Margaret Anne is writing Daily Reflections on the Richmond Deanery website, you can see this and other useful resources for reflection and worship at richmondandbarnesdeanery.org.uk
Don’t forget the Foodbank, at a time when many are facing hard times.
You can donate food by dropping it off to the food bank at the Castelnau Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes SW13 9AQ, 9.15am-11.15am on Friday mornings. It is hoped that other ways of dropping off donations at the OSO or elsewhere will be set up in the week ahead. The Barnes Foodbank is a satellite arm of the Richmond Foodbank which is run by the Trussell Trust, you can donate money which will help the Trust buy the items they most need, please see details on www,trusselltrust.org/getinvolved/waystogive/
Barnes Cares: you can see a link to the local compendium of community help and information here
Celia Cleave shares this link to a moving musical composition fit for our times on YouTube
Please do have a look at our website News page for latest updates and useful information for prayer and worship resources www.stmarybarnes.org
It is a time of great uncertainty, but also one in which many lights are shining in the darkness. Keep safe and be assured that God is with each one of us, and may you know his strength, peace and compassion.
With every blessing,
Rev’d James Hutchings
Barnes Team Rector and Vicar of St Mary
Please pray for all who are involved in the response to this crisis worldwide.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.