Keeping worship going while social distancing
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing the world we live in. It’s an extraordinary time and each of us will have our own response to it. Amidst the disruption and chaos we can hold onto one truth: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46).
Although the current guidelines allow us to hold services of public worship, we have taken the decision that it would not be appropriate to do so given the prevalence of Covid-19 within our local community. We will continue to provide online Digital Church services which are live-streamed and then available to watch on demand.
All our services on YouTube are available to view after the event in case you cannot see them at the advertised times. You can find them and previous services on our YouTube channel.
Please also join us for a virtual coffee after each our services. Click here to find out how. Everyone is welcome! Unfortunately you do have to provide your own coffee though, sorry!
You are welcome to come and join us for private prayer at the following times:
All Saints Marlow
Dates and times to be confirmed
Sundays at 2.30-4pm – church open for private prayer.
Since our church buildings were closed at the end of March and we have been holding services online, our income from Sunday collections has declined to zero, not to mention the loss of fees from renting buildings and hosting weddings. This has left a gap in our finances for 2020. If you were a regular giver but not signed up to one of our giving schemes then please do consider doing so now.
If you’re enjoying the streamed services, but missing the more prolonged times of informal sung worship, why not visit our YouTube channel to watch recordings of our Worship Wednesday Live sessions that took place during lockdown.
Two ways to stay connected to the church family through the week:
Beginning of the day
Download lectio 365 to your phones or ipad. It is a devotional app that we can listen to together.
End of the day
Have you ever tried compline? It’s also known as night prayer and is a simple traditional way to end the day in words that will quickly become familiar. Visit the Church of England website to find out more.
While our churches remained closed during the lockdown, we ran a series of daily devotionals to support your prayer. If you’ve missed any of these, you can download or stream an audio version of them on demand through a range of podcast channels using the links below.
We think that Small Groups are central to the community life of our church outside of Sunday gatherings and that scripture teaches that the Christian life works better in community.
Given the current coronavirus restrictions, many of our small groups are still being run online, meeting over video conference, but there are some where you can meet in person while still adhering to government guidance.
Check out the small groups page to find one or more that that suits you.
We are meeting on Zoom at 10:30am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for music and fun! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
We are recording collective worship assemblies and offering 1-2-1 mental health support. Sandygate Stars will also be running online with craft kits sent to homes.
Every Sunday the Kids worship team will be producing a video with crafts, stories and worship to help our kids engage with God. All on our YouTube page.
Our worship leader, Gill, leads a band of Year 8+ musical masterminds. This term we are recording parts at home and mixing together music videos for our services.
Our youth groups are meeting on Zoom on Wednesdays 6:30-8pm to play games and discuss teenage life and faith. Email email@example.com for details.
In person and online support. One-off or on an ongoing basis, for anyone. If you want to talk to someone, we are here for you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Weekly random challenges posted on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp group to keep us all entertained during Lockdown. Email email@example.com for details.
Every Sunday at 5.15pm, the Lantern Community Church runs a youth group for years 6-8 and another group for years 9 and above. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org