My thoughts are with everyone during these strange and disturbing times; with all who are unwell, with all whose work or volunteering puts them at increased risk, with all who are self-isolating, with all for whom Covid-19 brings the additional worry of job, business and money.
It was a sad day when I needed to close church buildings because for many they are special places of quiet and prayer, open seven days a week (though I fully understand and support the reasons for their temporary closure). Churchyards are however open. We hope anyone able to visit them during their daily exercise will continue to enjoy them, while also observing the necessary social distancing.
Church buildings are closed for a time, but the Church is NOT shut! Prayer continues in our hearts and homes. Each Sunday at 5.00pm the Five Alive Prays Together at Home. Please join at home with us. The service can be downloaded on a Saturday from the Five Alive website under Services and Events; https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/18646/service-and-events/events-regular/ A service for home will be available for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.
As well as the offering of Christian worship on radio and television, the Church of England online offers a Palm Sunday broadcast at 9.00am, daily reflections for this coming week, and an Easter Day Service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury at 9.00am. These are all available on the Church of England’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/.
Our cathedral also offers daily services, reflections and sacred music online https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterCathedral/.
The Five Alive Pastoral Care Team continue to offer pastoral support by telephone. Please phone either Celia Willis, Pastoral Care Coordinator, 861348, or me 861669 if we can offer pastoral support to you.
Pershore Food Bank is grateful for financial donations rather than donations of goods. This can be done by Standing Order to the account of Pershore Food Bank; Sort Code 20 98 61 Account 50714356.
I hope in this coming Holy Week you will receive strength each day, and whatever the challenges, find all the hope of that first Easter Morning.
Revd Sarah DangerfieldPriest-in-Charge of the Five Alive ParishRural Dean of Pershore