There seems to be light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. Nevertheless, we are not out the other end yet, so we proudly repeat the messages put out last month by Sarratt's amazing support network.
But there's much more going on than you might think….
We are open and functioning as normally as we can during these troubled and sometimes challenging days. Here are some of the resources you can access from Holy Cross, the Church of England, Sarratt Parish and other sources to support you in spiritual, emotional and practical ways.
Online Services from Holy Cross Church
Every Sunday we are streaming a service on YouTube which you can access live or on catch-up. Please join us in worship from the comfort of your own home until we can be together in Holy Cross again. Access to the services is at hcsp.net, and by following the link to ‘Online Services’ (under ‘Church Life’) If you would like to be added to the email list to receive reminders and updates on services please contact Sonya Tolmie: email email@example.com
Holy Cross Benefice News
News from the Benefice of Holy Cross Sarratt and St. Paul’s Chipperfield is available from Ann Waine. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive the benefice news.
It is a hard time to be at home 23 hours or more a day. If you need someone to talk to there are many helplines where trained people can listen to you.
1. The Samaritans. Call 116 123
2. Age UK. Call 0800 678 1602. They can also match you with someone who will give you a call on a regular basis.
3. The NHS has an excellent list of helplines covering a wide variety of health needs, from anxiety to domestic abuse, from bereavement support to help with addiction.
The Church of England has produced a booklet of prayers and psalms with special relevance for the current pandemic. There are prayers for the sick, health care workers, the isolated and for ourselves. You can download it here: https://tinyurl.com/sywx34q If you would like to pray with someone, or have someone pray for you, please let the the Churchwardens know (see below for contact details). If there is sufficient need in the community, a prayer team will be set up to answer it.
The Church Wardens have written:
Due to the Coronavirus situation, we have been told by the Diocese to lock the church building but although the building is closed the church family is still very much here and wanting to be part of the community effort. In addition to the Sunday services available, we have decided to offer a listening ear to anyone who wants to talk to someone. We have put together a team of people who are prepared to to be contacted on the telephone but we emphasise this is not a counselling service. This will cover people who are on their own, those feeling lonely or just want to chat. If anyone would like to avail themselves of this offer please ring either Linda Clough on 264884 or Nikki Clough on 07795 362953, who will put you in touch with a member of our team.
Linda Clough and Nikki Clough
Even though services at Holy Cross Services cannot have any people physically present, for the the being at least, there seems no reason why the Church itself should not be decorated with flowers - perhaps especially at the time when it would otherwise be hosting the Flower Festival. The Churchwardens organised for these beautiful arrangements to be on view during a recent online service. Our thanks to Nikki and Linda Clough for these images to record the moment for the "pages" of Spotlight