Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – April 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

We are living in unprecedented and unpredictable times. Following the spread of the coronavirus, the Archbishops of the Church of England have suspended all public worship in our churches. We are not permitted to gather to worship either on a Sunday or during the week, and our bells will not ring, in order that we safeguard the wellbeing of our communities. We will endeavour to open some of our churches in order to provide space for peace and quiet, for private prayer and reflection, or to leave things for the local food banks. St James’ Church in Upper Stowe is always open. Once the roof repairs are completed at Heyford Church, it will be open during daylight hours. Flore Church will open for an hour at 10:00AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. If you choose to visit, please remember the need for social distancing at all times.

Our church buildings have stood for many years, through plague and pestilence, famine and war. Their walls are soaked in the prayers of countless generations. They are a reminder that God is always with us, through all the storms and uncertainties of life. But they are not the Church. The Church, its people, the Christian community is still ‘open for business’ and ready to help and support our villages in whatever way we can. Our bishops have encouraged us to seek new ways to pray, and to find ways to offer practical care and support for people. If we have to isolate or shield ourselves, we will pray for you, fervently and frequently. We will pray for our villages, our nation and our world. We will pray for the leaders of our community, at institutional, local, regional and national levels.

If we are able to get out and about, we are ready to help and support you in whatever way we can and many of our church members have already signed up to help their communities support the isolated and the vulnerable. If you need prayer, if you need spiritual support, if you just want someone different to talk to, please give me a ring on one of the numbers below. We have set up a Benefice Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HS9FB. If you are able, please visit that page for information, prayers and encouragement. We are also developing ways we can reach those who don’t use social media and will let you know how that is going as the days and weeks progress.

I’d like to leave you with some words from St Paul’s Letter to the Church in Philippi,
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you
need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and
minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7, NLT)

With every prayer and blessing in these uncertain times,
Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile 07511 544375

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