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Services at St Mary's
St Mary's is now celebrating Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30am and every Wednesday at 10:30am.
There have been some changes from our old routine. We now ask you to:
- on the advice of the Bishops, please wear a face mask or other face covering inside the church;
- observe social distancing throughout your time in church and in the churchyard;
- use the sanitiser provided on entry and before you leave;
- complete a register on entry (in case we need to “Track & Trace”);
- sit where you are asked to by the Churchwardens, and remain in your seat;
- after the service, leave under the direction of the Churchwardens;
- there won't be a collection during the service, but there will be a collection plate by the door.
In addition, there will be:
- no singing – the organ will be played;
- no tea/coffee after the service.
Read the COVID-19 notices in church and follow social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe. In particular, please make sure there is no one in the porch before entering.
Please do not come to St Mary's if you feel unsafe, if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, or think you may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
We have provided more information in Advice on Attending Public Worship.
The Church of England Covid-19 webpage has the most current advice. There are links here to more detailed information and prayers for use during this time.
Bishop Paul’s video messages on the coronavirus pandemic.
The Church of England Online - links to recent video services and other resources including:
- Today's prayer from the Church of England
- A service of daily prayer - listen to Prayer during the Day and Night Prayer, each day
- The Time to Pray App - Services of Daily Prayer, Psalms and readings from Common Worship
- Coronavirus Liturgy - Special prayers, intercessions and liturgy for COVID-19
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
The Community at Taizé is live streaming their Evening Prayer on Facebook at 7.30 each evening (20.30 CET). The Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, both Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty countries.
Some things to keep you occupied while you remain at home.
Follow a three-hour narrow boat trip along the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.
There's no dialogue, no locks, no dogs accidentally falling into the water; just a narrowboat travelling slowly from Blisworth to Weedon. I've been told that an hour into the journey you see a heron!
For the Harry Potter fans, you can explore the fascinating world of Harry Potter from the safety of your home right now, thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and Google Arts & Culture.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic has a wealth of material, including immersive explorations of various aspects of the wizarding world, such as potions, magical creatures, the journey to Hogwarts and the Ripley Scroll – which depicts how the philosopher’s stone was made.
Small Island, the National Theatre’s epic, sold-out production of Andrea Levy’s novel traces the history between Jamaica and the UK through WWII to 1948. It is streaming until 7pm on 25 June.
Full details here: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home
Audible is making hundreds of audio books available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
Some activities for children from Home Start.
Free short online learning courses from Future Learn. (The course called Discovering Dentistry sounds really interesting!).
And for a real waste of time - there is a selection of free Microsoft games (you just need to ignore the occasional adverts) that you can download to your laptop or phone from the Microsoft Store. These include:
Free Courses In England specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners.
Nottinghamshire Library members can access a range of online items for free.
For each service you will need to log on using your library number and password. Instructions are given on the main pages.
You can now log on to the Ancestry Library Edition from home. Again, use your library number and password to log on. This version of Ancestry doesn't allow you to create a family tree, but it does allow you to search archives across the world for records - not just UK and Ireland. Note it doesn't allow access to the full records in Scotland as you still have to pay the Scottish government for those!
If you have links to other free resources in which you think people would be interested, please email them to Fiona at email@example.com.