Update: 17th March 2020
Dear St Mary’s Church Family,
Following advice received from the Church of England today, and in line with recent government guidance, we are suspending all St Mary’s services and groups for the time being. This includes all activities here at St Mary’s and all St Mary’s groups meeting off site. This is not a decision we take lightly. It is an expression of Christian love that we do what we can to support the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our Sunday Services will continue to be streamed on the St Mary’s website and the staff team are continuing to work to support the church family as we reach out with the gospel of Christ.
As our nation responds to the developing coronavirus situation many of us will naturally feel anxious and concerned. It is wonderful that we can hold onto the truths of Psalm 46:1, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ Even in times of trouble, God is with us by his Spirit to protect, strengthen and help.
Although we cannot physically meet for the time being, we are still church together. It is more important than ever that we continue to support and encourage each other as a church family. Can I urge us all to consider the following three points.
- ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus’ (Hebrews 12:2). Our greatest need is to continue to focus on Christ our Saviour, Lord and Friend. Sunday Services will continue to be streamed on the St Mary’s website so please do watch online. We also be in touch in the next few days with further resources we can use to continue feeding ourselves and our families with the truth of Jesus.
- ‘Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Now is the time for us all to be proactive and creative as a church family in offering one another support, prayer and Biblical encouragement. Phone calls, messages and letters will be especially valuable. We all need to take responsibility for supporting the vulnerable amongst us.
- ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31). As the people of God we have an opportunity at this time to reach out to those around us with the love of Jesus. One idea is to put a card through the doors in our street offering help to those who are self-isolating.
If you are in need of someone to talk to or of practical help do not hesitate to contact a friend from church, or if that is not possible to email or from Thursday to phone the St Mary’s support line on 07487 387921.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes as this fast-moving situation develops and of further resources as they are developed.
With love in Christ,
Associate Vicar - St Mary’s Maidenhead
St Mary’s Close, 14 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1YY