There are no services in Christchurch on Sundays at the moment, as we all stay at home, but the church is not a building, it’s the people, and we are still very active. Each week members of the congregation put together a short devotion which everyone can use on Sunday morning, coming together in spirit if not in the flesh.
Our Parent and Toddler Group leader Helen has started a weekly ‘zoom’ group. If you’ve been coming to the toddler group and would like to join this please send Helen an email, giving your mobile number so she can get in touch with you. Click this link to contact Helen.
Our minister, Rev Edson Dube, can be contacted in an emergency by phoning 0116 270 6263 or by email through this contact form.
On the 31st May we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, when, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the disciples experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit. 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]
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.