Coronavirus and The Church
A Message from Philip Davies, our Parish Priest
All our Church buildings are now closed and cannot be used for public worship or other gatherings.
I will be saying Morning Prayer each day at 8.30am in the Rectory and can include any special prayer requests. You can download Prayers at Home and a short version of Night Prayer that you may like to use on a regular basis.
The ministry of our Churches will now mainly be communicated online and by telephone contact. I can be contacted directly on 01780 470314 or by email at email@example.com
Further current information is below and we will update this regularly.
Prayer Requests: If you have a prayer request for yourself or someone you know, please fill in our Request Form. Requested prayers will be offered in one of the churches in the Benefice. All are welcome to use this service.
Food Box: The Food Box at King’s Cliffe Church has now been moved to the North Door Porch so that it is still available. Contributions to the box are still welcome. To observe Social Distancing Guidelines, if you visit the box, please only enter the porch if no-one else is there. Further information on Food Banks can be found on the Tressell Trust website.
Staying at Home: The NHS has published some excellent advice on how to look after your Mental Wellbeing whilst staying at home.
Funerals: The Church of England issued this statement about Funerals on Wednesday 23rd March: “Funerals may now only happen at the crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.”
Should a family wish, a Memorial Service can later be arranged for a date that will be beyond the current crisis.
Helplines: Telephone helplines can be very useful in these difficult times:
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 08082 000247
Childline: 0800 1111
Mind: 03001 233393
Community Law Service: 01933 313020 and 01604 621038
The local office has contacted us to say that they remain open for free advice in matters relating to benefits, housing or debt.