Order of Service and sermon for 5th April 2020
You can download the order of service and Mother Peters’ sermon for Sunday 5th April 2020 by clicking here.
Compline for 29th March 2020
Compline for 29th March 2020. Follow along with the order of service here: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer/night-prayer-contemporary-sunday-29-march-2020
Order of service and sermon for 29th March 2020
You can download the order of service, along with Mother Peters’ sermon here.
An Update from our Vicar
24th March 2020
Being Church Together During Our “New Normal”
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
This has been quite a week. I really missed being with you to worship together on Sunday. I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few things that have been on my heart and mind.
The words of our sacred scripture remind us that God’s promise to us and our relationship with God are more firm than anything on earth.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews in chapter 13 says this
“For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
We are facing that reality right now. It is clear all around us that things are changing in ways we never imagined . We are being asked to take extraordinary measures to protect our loved ones, our neighbours, our friends, our health service’s front lines, and ourselves. I implore you to do what you have been asked, not because those are the rules, but because the rule of Love means we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. We must protect one another and we must care more about the common good than our own convenience, comfort, and desires.
Now more than ever, we need God’s love and help. Please join me on St. Chad’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. tonight for a live streaming service of Compline (Night Prayers) for Healing and Peace. We will be offering this service t at 7 p.m. every night through Sunday. Together, we will pray for the intentions of those gathered (virtually) and those who have sent in requests via email to my email address: [email protected]
There is no lasting city. There is no thing we humans can build that always was, is, or will be. But there is one who is everlasting, who never changes, and it is He, Jesus Christ, that we worship. And maybe we cannot go to our beautiful church to raise our voices and praise Him. We are not able to gather for that most sacred of rites, the Holy Eucharist.
Undoubtedly, much has chanced. But God has not changed. As we hear earlier in that same chapter of Hebrews, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” And we who love and serve him must continue to worship, to say our prayers, to lift up our hearts to the Lord together. Even as we observe physical distance, we must draw even closer to God and to one another.
In the coming days, our church will continue to communicate with you regarding opportunities for worship, fellowship, and learning, albeit at a physical distance. We will continue to strengthen our community, support our vulnerable neighbours within and beyond our congregation, and in all things Love and serve the Lord. Please let us know how we can help. You are not alone.
I love you and our parish stand with you. Most of all God loves you and will be with you—always.
Let us continue to hold fast to all that is good and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
Blessings and love,
18th March 2020
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:2)
Following the directive of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York all of our services of public worship at St Chad’s and St Alkmund’s have been suspended.
THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL EVENTS THROUGH TO AND INCLUDING 12th JUNE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
However, the work and love of Christ and we, His people, continues. We are committed to serving the community of Shrewsbury in whatever ways we can, and St Chad’s will remain open to all for personal prayer during the day. Our clergy are available to speak with you in this challenging time.
We are exploring opportunities to continue to connect, whether that is online, by phone, or through the post. In the coming days, we will share ways we can connect as community, as well as ways we can assist our neighbours in need and those who are sheltering in place.
Hold fast to God’s unchanging hand. You are not alone.
In Christ’s love,
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, to serve you is perfect freedom. Defend us your servants from all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Morning Prayer, Common Worship)
13th March 2020
I know that this is a time of great uncertainty for many, and I along with our Churchwardens and PCC will strive to do all in our power to keep you informed and safe. I know that we are a loving and compassionate benefice and we trust that you will support us in making sure our common life is safe for all, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Your church leadership is taking clear measures to ensure your safety at church, including additional cleaning and conscientious review of our current methods of stewarding and serving. We will continue to keep you updated and well informed of this ongoing situation.
We need your help. For the time being we ask that you:
1 Not shake hands or hug. Please observe some social distance. Instead, greet one another with: a “peace sign” peace in British Sign Language (we’ll teach you) elbow bump a wave a bow
2 Per the instruction of the Bishop of Lichfield and the Church of England’s House of Bishops – there will only be communion in one kind. In other words, we will only be distributing bread (wafers)
3 We will receive communion standing. Please proceed to the alter, as indicated by sidespersons, where the servers priests will offer communion.
4 Please maintain social distance in seating and conversation. Please do NOT let this prevent you from greeting and having a wonderful chat with your neighbours. Especially at a time like this, we need to strengthen our connections with one another.
5 Call or write people you know have been unwell. We all need encouragement, especially when we are under the weather.
6 Please call the church office 365378 or Mother Peters 07984 956 799 if you are unwell or someone you love is unwell. This information will remain confidential. We want to support you and your loved ones, and this will allow us to do so.
7 Above all, keep love and hope in your hearts. If you are feeling anxious, turn off the television/Ipad or put down the newspaper. Rest. Pray. Call a friend. Watch a movie or read a book that makes you feel happy. Please take care of yourself.
You are profoundly loved. We are so blessed to call this benefice our spiritual home. Be good to one another and shine Christ’s light wherever you go, this day and always.
Blessings and love,