In light of the new nationwide lockdown, St Paul’s will take a short break and close our building for public worship this coming Sunday 10th January. We will, however, be putting together an online service for you to enjoy instead. This service will be a much needed opportunity to slow down after the rush of Christmas and reflect on the beauty of creation and the power of the spirit, looking at the story of Jesus’ baptism. It will be a shorter service than usual with ideas for worshipful ways to get creative and feel God’s spirit. The service will be available to view on our YouTube channel from 9am on Sunday morning.
Many of you may be wondering how the new government guidance will affect public worship at St Paul’s Church. During this new lockdown, public worship is allowed to continue and church buildings can remain open, as long as we keep to the guidelines of physical distancing etc… and have put all the conditions in place to make our building and gatherings Covid secure. Bishop Nick has emphasised that even when church buildings can remain open, it doesn’t mean we have to remain open for public worship. Each local church needs to take their own decisions.
At St Paul’s, we want to take a decision which is in the interest of public health and of individual safety. We are also aware that the church services in the building have been a source of great comfort, especially to those who are not able to access services online. We are confident that our building is Covid secure. However, given the seriousness of the infection rate and the urgency of the need to be cautious, we have decided as a Standing Committee (authorised by the PCC to take Covid related decisions) to discuss anew whether it is wise to continue our public worship services for the time being in the same way or whether any changes may be needed. Our discussion will take place early next week. We will let you know as soon as possible how we will proceed from next week onwards.
To read more about the Government’s national lockdown guidance, please click here.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Children & Young People’s Resources
- Worship at Home – A national Church of England resource designed to help families have a short time of worship as a household at home. Click here to find out more.
- Light at Home – Weekly sheets by the Diocese of Leeds to support families at home. Each sheet has a bible story, prayers, something to do together and a challenge. Click here to access these sheets.
- Weekly@ January-April 2021: Weekly lectionary-based children’s resources aimed at 5-11 year olds. Each session includes a theme, Bible story, game, craft activity, songs and a reflection. These resources can be printed out and used at home on a weekly basis by those who wish to do so. Click here to view/download.
Other Worship Resources
- Diocese of Leeds with a list of churches who live stream services: https://www.leeds.anglican.org/covid-19/live-streaming
- Church of England weekly online services: https://www.churchofengland.org/
- Learning to Pray (Church of England): https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/learning-pray
- Sacred Space for online daily prayer: https://www.sacredspace.ie/
- Worship in and with Creation – Resources for Outdoor Worship
- BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship
- Songs of Praise (BBC1)