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).
As local infection rates have dropped significantly from their peak, we are now holding some services of public worship and the dates/times can be found below. We will still continue to provide our 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!
We are now holding some services of public worship and the dates/times can be found below. Some of these services will be ticketed due to expected demand and restricted capacity and the booking link can be found next to that service.
If attending a service in person you must follow the national guidelines – maintain social distancing, wear a mask at all times inside the church building (unless exempt), use the sanitiser provided and please also remember that, unfortunately, you are still not still allowed to join in with the singing.
All Saints Marlow
The Lantern Community Church, Marlow Bottom
St John the Baptist, Little Marlow
All Saints Bisham
You are welcome to come and join us for private prayer at the following times:
All Saints Marlow
Thursdays at 10.30-11.30am – church open for private prayer.
All Saints Bisham
Sundays at 9.30-11am – church open for private prayer.
Sundays at 2.30-4pm – church open for private prayer.
As our church buildings have been closed during early 2021 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 will therefore leave a gap in our finances for 2021.
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.
Three ways to stay connected to the church family through the week:
Each day, Monday to Saturday, we will be publishing on our YouTube channel a short daily devotional hosted by one of our clergy or lay persons. We hope these videos will provide peace and inspiration to keep you nourished for the rest of the day.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details.
Weekly random challenges posted on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp group to keep us all entertained during Lockdown. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com