Message Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Care, Pray, Communicate.
"The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust him.” Nahum 1.7

As I am sure you will be aware this is a time when we all need each other more than ever, both in prayer and in practical action.
Lots of people will be self-isolating because they are vulnerable or have flu symptoms. Some people will be scared, lonely and maybe in need of support or supplies. Although we are not to visit people we know who are self-isolating please check up on neighbours, friends and people who are missing from church. This could just be a phone call for company or an offer to fetch supplies (if someone is self-isolating shopping can be left on a door step without any contact being made.
Pray for those who are suffering, for those who are infected, for our health professionals and for the government making significant decisions about the national response. Pray also for those you know in the community who are having to shut themselves away.
With many people isolating we need to find ways to communicate with each other. Please check up on folk by phone, particularly if they are elderly and might need help. If you are concerned about a neighbour you don’t know very well the card below could be a handy way to make first contact.

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Church Services
All Sunday church services are suspended until further notices.
We are here in the heart of the community praying and caring for you.
You can join in worship nationally through BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 Sunday 8.10am and the Daily Service 9.45am on LW.
I will also send out details of good livestreamed services when I have them.

“Loving God, source of healing and comfort, fill us with your grace, that the sick may be made whole, that those who care for us may be strengthened, that the anxious may be calmed, and those most vulnerable be protected in the power of Spirit in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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How to do church at home
There are many ways for us to worship at home but here are some suggestions.

Offline: Bible, Hymn book, Prayer book (If you don't have these you can borrow some from the church, just ask one of the PCC.)
Online: YouTube sermons and songs, Livestream services, Podcasts.
This can be done alone or with the people in your house. It is good to gather with your spouse or family at a set point on Sunday morning if you can. Perhaps you if you are isolated you could find someone to do this over the telephone with. You can follow morning prayer from the prayer book or create your only service.
The essential elements are:

Choose some hymns and songs and either listen to them online or sing them together.

Read the set readings together, discuss what they mean.

Some people find praying out loud difficult but this is a great opportunity to learn. You can simply speak out some prayers or discuss what needs prayer first or just read some prayers from the prayer book.

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10.23-25

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