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CHURCH AND CHAPEL

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CHURCHES ARE NOW CLOSED

Message from Gaynor on Mothering Sunday

Dear All
Although we will be unable to worship together we can be together
spiritually as we pray for our families and friends. The World Council
of Churches have asked that we all light a candle at 7pm on the 22nd March and
join in prayer to see the end of corona virus. It is at unprecedented
times as these that our faith holds us altogether, throughout the coming
months let us be sustained and uplifted knowing that our  best friend
Jesus Christ is at our side each and every moment.

A prayer for Mothering Sunday
Gracious God, we thank you for mothering and fathering of all creation.
All things exist from you, all people are loved by you: all families are
blessed in you. May our human loving reflect, however faintly, your
boundless, infinite loving. Amen.

Palm Crosses
I intend by next weekend to place palm crosses in our churches( I shall
be like Nicodemus I shall come by night). Please wherever you can take
one to those who are unable to get them themselves.
Every blessing
Gaynor


Moriah Baptist Chapel, Marloes


In light of the advice being given by public authorities, Moriah Baptist Chapel will regretfully be suspending services of worship until after the Easter period, when the decision on when to hold further services will be reviewed.


We apologise to our members and all in our communities, but are doing what we must to heed guidance from Public Health Wales and others to help tackle this difficult situation affecting us all. Should anyone need support during this period, please contact a member of the Diaconate.


The membership and Diaconate of Moriah Baptist Chapel wish you and your loved ones well, and are praying for our communities, our country and our fellow brothers and sisters around the world at this time.


'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear'. (Psalm 46)


The Diaconate


CHURCH SERVICES

The Bench of Bishops in the Church in Wales have issued guidance in respect of Church Services. In summary the following will be implemented immediately:

All Church Services and other gatherings for public worship should no longer take place. This includes regular Sunday and weekday services. Study groups and other parochial events that gather people together should also not take place.

Baptisms will only take place with no more than ten people present. Weddings will not normally be held unless there are pressing pastoral reasons, in which case no more than ten people may be present.

Funeral services will not be held in Churches, but clergy may continue to take funeral services at the graveside and at crematoria. An opportunity to remember loved ones in Church will be offered at a future date.

The above is only a summary of the contents of an email from the Bishop, sent out today (Tuesday) and if necessary further details should be sought from Gaynor Ford, our Parish Priest.

CRISIS MORNING PRAYERS

The following has been taken from the Diocesan Website https://stdavids.churchinwales.org.uk/

“It may be that households who are isolated together or individuals going to an open church to pray or small groups may wish to have a resource they can use for a Sunday service.

So, each week for the time being, a crisis morning prayer will go up on the Diocesan website. This will have all the readings and a homily incorporated in it, so it can just be printed out or read from a screen. This is an adaptation of the Church in Wales’ Daily Prayer 2009

To access these go to https://stdavids.churchinwales.org.uk/ and scroll down the centre column to find “CRISIS MORNING PRAYERS” and click on the links.

There are many resources available online to support daily prayer throughout the week.

The forms of blessing etc. are suitable for a lay person to use. At the end are suggestions for hymns. All the instructions about standing sitting etc. are optional. The traditional form of the Lord’s Prayer is included but feel free to use the version you are most familiar with.”


Father Andrew Johnson has emailed the following:

“We are still here even if we can not see people face to face we are praying and would appreciate others prayers as we all need them.

Here is a prayer that the Mothers Union has published.

Loving Lord We pray for those who are suffering from the coronavirus throughout the world. We pray for all those who have lost a loved one with the illness. Give wisdom to policy makers, skill to the researchers and comfort to everyone in distress. Bring a sense of calm to us all in the coming days of uncertainty and distress. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen

Andrew P J”