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A Prayer for Ukraine to be said in Church whenever the Peace Candle is lit.

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying-down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at-risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.   Amen.

Please read the Rector's latest letter (14th Feb 2022) see below.

The Rector's letter ...Church exterior (in perspective)

Dear friends

We are very pleased to see that, although COVID case numbers remain high, we appear to have passed the peak of the current wave, and that – thanks to the vaccine – this latest resurgence has not taken as much of a toll as previous waves.

However, this is still far from a trivial illness, and sadly significant numbers of people continue to be hospitalised and to die each day as a result of the virus.  We believe that caution is still needed, and although legal restrictions have now been dropped, we are asking for your continued help to keep everyone as safe as possible.  In particular:

  • We continue to encourage you to do a lateral flow test before coming to services or events, and – crucially – to stay away if you are feeling at all unwell.
  • Noting that face coverings are largely to benefit others rather than ourselves, and conscious that there are some amongst us with particular vulnerabilities, we are requesting that you continue to wear a face covering during services if you are able.

For our part, we shall continue to enable people to sit at a distance from others if they choose to do so, with an area in the church set aside for more spaced-out seating.

We understand that, even with these precautions, on-site church may feel like too much of a risk for some of you at the moment, especially if you have particular vulnerabilities.  We would like to reassure you that we intend to carry on live-streaming worship for those who need or prefer not to gather with others at the moment.  And we would like to reiterate that everyone who joins us – whether on-line or on-site – is equally welcome and valued as a member of our church family.

We thank you for your continued kindness and understanding, and look forward with you to a time when we can put all this behind us.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, or need a chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  With every blessing

Liz and the St Michael’s team
14th February 2022

Arrangements – in a nutshell ...

  • Our regular mid-morning Sunday service starts at 10am in church or you can join us on-line as it'll continue to be live-streamed see Service Video page for details.
  • The Common Cup is now offered at Communion to those who wish to partake.  This does not include intinction by individuals (wafer-dipping).  If not partaking, please indicate by keeping your hands crossed over your chest after taking the wafer.
  • No pre-booking of seats just turn up at any service 8am/10am/6:30pm on Sundays, and 10am on Wednesdays.
  • Face-coverings please wear a mask in church unless you are exempt.
  • Singing please keep your face-mask on when singing.
  • If you prefer to be socially-distanced in church, please use the area set aside for this.
  • Sharing the peace you can exchange a verbal greeting, or wave, to others but please, no physical contact with those outside your family/household group.
  • Coffee/Tea – refreshments are served in the Morlais Room after the 10am service – but please find a seat and stay at the same table, rather than moving around and mingling.
  • Risk Assessment St Michael’s has a COVID-19 Risk Assessment for the use of the Church, which can be supplied on application to the Parish Office.

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