A Note from Rev Dan
We welcome the news that places of worship can reopen for services for a limited and managed number of people while observing social distancing. Our care for our congregation, our church family, and our community is, as it always has been, our priority.
Having considered the various guidance and risk assessment documents produced by the government and the Church of England, alongside our specific circumstances as a church and community, the PCC has decided that we are not yet able to resume public worship in the church building.
This decision will be reviewed again by the PCC in August. Our online services and talks will remain in place.
The church continues to be open for private prayer on Thursday mornings (10am – noon) and Sunday afternoons (2pm – 4pm)
Worship continues online and in our homes as we carefully and lovingly live our lives at this time. You can join me online: Evening Prayer at 9pm on a Tuesday and Thursday; Morning Prayer at 9am on a Wednesday and Friday; Reflections on a Sunday morning. Do please try to join us for these by clicking on the video link below, if you wish to have the words in front of you they are available from the other links:
The Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Taunton are live streaming a service of holy communion each Wednesday at 10.30am on the diocesan Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bathandwells/ and on the Diocesan website https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/
The Christian faith tells us that ‘God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.’ (John 3.16-17). This is the source of Christian hope, and it is the hope I will strive to hold fast to in the coming days, weeks and months as events unfold.
Rev Dan Crouch, Assistant Curate
The church building is open Thursdays 10am – noon and Sundays 2pm – 4pm
About the outbreak
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
For care home staff & NHS
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.
Due to the Coronavirus, the Foodbank has stopped operating from our hall on a Wednesday morning, instead the volunteers will deliver food parcels to homes. If you need support of the Foodbank please contact one of the usual referral agencies, which include Rev Dan, who will pass your details on to the Foodbank electronically. Click on the logo to go to the Foodbank website.
The Foodbank relies on donations from the community. The links to the right will take you to the Foodbank website should you wish to support those in need.
We have discovered a few ways of communicating with each other as a church community. Between Rev Dan, Rev Lynne, and a few others we are trying to make sure every member of the congregation has a regular phone call, to ‘check in’, have a chat, and say prayers together if people want to. As a church we are hugely indebted to those involved for sharing this responsibility.
Rev Dan (01278 325194) or Rev Lynne and Chris are also available by phone if you want a chat, want someone to pray for you, or need us to arrange any kind of help or support.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells has also established a listening chaplaincy phoneline available 7 days a week on 0330 229 1700
The Church of England has established Daily Hope, offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services.
New Vicar for St John’s
We will be interviewing for the new vicar for Highbridge in August. Please continue to pray for the parish and that we are able to appoint someone who will be a great vicar.
Rev Sharon Crossman left St John’s at the end of August 2019 after 9 years with us. It is our responsibility to choose the next vicar for Highbridge. We were making good progress with it, expecting to have the new vicar in place in September 2020 and then the Coronavirus hit so we had to delay the interviews. Unsurprisingly this means that we expect the vacancy to last a bit longer than we were expecting.
The recently completed Parish Survey was part of the way in which we look to get the right person for Highbridge, so we thank all who contributed to it. This contributed to our Parish Profile. which you can see below.
Rev Sharon is pictured with our curate Rev Dan at his ordination at Wells Cathedral in June 2019.
We take safeguarding very seriously. If you have any concerns for a child or a vulnerable adult please contact our parish Safeguarding Officer (a voluntary position) Joanna Burridge 01278 782792 or click on the following link to our central diocesan team https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/safeguarding/rep