Covid-19

Covid-19

Christchurch remains closed for the present but we look forward to the day when we can worship together again. We have learnt to adapt to this strange new way of life, meeting together through ‘Zoom’, sharing news through emails, phone calls, news sheets, and having a conversation from the end of the drive!

Each week members of the congregation provide a short reflection with a prayer and a song which everyone can share on Sunday morning when we would normally be gathering, coming together in spirit if not in the flesh.

Click here for our Sunday morning devotion.

Our minister, Rev Edson Dube, can be contacted on 0116 270 6263 or via the contact form.

In St. John’s gospel Jesus says to his disciples

 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.‘ [NRSV]

Lockdown by Peter Cruse

What is this life if full of scare,

We’ve lots of time to stand and stare

Through windows etched with sun and rain,

We want to go to Church again!

 

We want to go and have a natter,

Do other things that really matter,

To meet our friends will keep us sane

We want to go to Church again!

 

It would be great to have release

And share the wine and share the peace,

But here we must for now remain,

We want to go to Church again!

 

While we are naturally anxious for ourselves and our loved ones, remember Christ’s commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves. Social distancing keeps everyone safe.

We hear many stories about how people are helping others at this time but there are also some looking for new ways to defraud us. With the government’s ‘Test and Trace’ being rolled out, the police are warning us to be aware of scams. There is helpful advice on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works.  This explains what to expect if you are contacted and what not to expect (about half-way down the page). Importantly:

If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.

All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website. Make sure the website url is contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk (or search for it).

Phone callers will use a single number: 0300 013 5000. Check that this is where the call is coming from.

Click here for the ‘normal’ website home page.